A Mesmerizing Sequence of Biological Simulations


Starting with a recording of raindrops hitting the skylight in his old apartment, this track titled Order from Chaos from London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest album Emergence is the culmination of three years work merging his interests in science, music and visual arts. French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret was asked to provide the visuals and the result is a mesmerizing blend of biological simulations and music video. Cellular forms appear to collide, merge, and even compete for resources while brain-like structures explode and crash across the screen. Cooper explains a bit of the science behind the art:

Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form. His video shows the raindrops initially, then going into simple cellular forms and then showing the important idea of cooperation between simple cells to form more robust colonies of life. This develops into a visualisation of the idea of endosymbiosis, where simpler smaller organisms can live inside larger cells, each providing a benefit to the other, and eventually forming parts of the same organism as they evolve to be entirely dependent on each other.

Fullscreen, headphones, you know the drill. This is definitely worth getting lost in for a moment. You can listen to Cooper’s full album here.


One thought on “A Mesmerizing Sequence of Biological Simulations

  1. The fractal geometry of the growth of water crystals on glass would make a good one. There is a reason that leaves take the same pattern, and we wonder if it has to do with the water crystal. Evolutionary theory presents an illusion by presupposing, then denying, the order on which the beings grow. The wing emerges in three or four lines of evolution-bird,bat,flying squirrel, fish, insect- because given the way things are, if one wants to fly, the wing is just the thing, and aerodynamics learned from the shape how to get lift. Life crawled out of the oceans, but only two or three times- plants, crustaceans into insects, and the walking fish ? that grew into salamanders, then frogs then rats then mammals then us. All life seems to share the same genetic root, which means that the emergence of life is extremely rare.

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