To this day, Winamp still has some of the most jaw-dropping music visualizations via the MilkDrop plugin. MilkDrop has now been ported to other software and systems but it’s bundled right into Winamp.
I used MilkDrop for some recent projects, I have more projects using it on the way too. But I couldn’t seem to find anything cataloging the massive list of presets.
So I’ve begun one, using YouTube for the videos. Here’s the current playlist:
There are well past 1000 great presets for MilkDrop and I couldn’t feasibly create videos for them all manually. Moreover, it was admittedly kinda tough finding a way to record them in the first place.
So, I used AutoIt to automate the process. Here’s the script I setup for the recording process using MSI Afterburner:
And here’s the script I used to seamlessly loop the videos using MLT.
I don’t have the time to go through the details right now. But I’ll gladly follow up with some details should anyone ask.
For now, here’s a link to the site I’ll be using to house the database: http://visualize.ugotsta.com/
It’s just a blog at blogger.com, it’s also kinda hideous right now. But it’s the easiest way to setup a database like this.
So I’ve been laboring with some music visualizations relying on the fantastic P5.js library, which is an advanced extension to the popular processing language.
Here are the latest results: http://ugotsta.github.io/projects/p5-hid-template.html
Basically, that’s just a single, self-contained HTML file with no CSS, images or other assets needed and it can provide visualization for any SoundCloud url. It currently supports two url parameters as follows:
- url= enter any SoundCloud track url.
- text= enter the text you’d like to appear in the visualization.
So for example, a metal track from a friend of mine:
You’ll see the ?url= references the track’s url at SoundCloud, then the &text= provides text to show in the center of the visualization.
The raw source file is part of my main GitHub repo here, accessible here: https://github.com/Ugotsta/Ugotsta.github.io/blob/master/projects/p5-hid-template.html
Of course, I’ve already put the visualization to use in some videos for my “Hidden in Darkness” project. Here’s one of them:
More to come
This is still a work in progress so there’s more to be done yet. I’m also working on a more basic template to somewhat emulate Monstercat videos.
Let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see done as well, I’ll see if I can get to it.
The file at GitHub’s undergoing some major cleanup and revision but I’ve updated details above to reflect that.