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CHALLENGE 7/21/2014: Music Pixelizer

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Topic: CHALLENGE 7/21/2014: Music Pixelizer
Posted By: administrator
Subject: CHALLENGE 7/21/2014: Music Pixelizer
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 12:05am

CHALLENGE: Music Pixelizer

Create an abstract representation of a specific piece of music (don't forget to mention what it is!).

As the challenge calls for an abstract piece, avoid identifiable physical objects (no living beings, household items, eggplants, etc...). Try to capture the feelings the music provokes when listening to it; think in terms of patterns; shapes; colours; and, of course, pixel clusters.

Keep in mind that abstract should not be taken to mean excessively simple minimalism. You should put as much effort into this challenge as you would with any other.

For some inspiration: An abstract music visualizer for iTunes.

Optional Bonus Challenge: Create an animated piece that is in time with the music.

Canvas Size - Exactly 128 x 72. Either horizontal or vertical.
Colours - Max 12.
Transparency - No.
Animation - Optional.


  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to /pixels/submit_icons.asp - submit their entry (strict). Don't forget to check the 'Submit to weekly challenge' checkbox.
  • Only new pixels allowed.
  • Open to all members.
  • Posting WIPs in this thread or in new threads in the /forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=8 - WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.


  • Every Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) the previous week's entries are judged.
  • Every week a new voting poll will be posted for previous week's entries.
  • Winner announced the following week.


  • Top three finishers will receive an award displayed in your PJ gallery profile for all to see and envy.
  • Top finisher gets to call the following week's challenge...sweet.
  • 'Participation' ribbons will be given for all who enter.
  • No matter what happens you get challenged :)


/pixels/poll.asp?id=1407' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


The Music Pixelizer pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

/pixelart/87815.htm' target='_blank' class='winner1'>Make it STOP!!! by /p/34829.htm' target='_blank'>Mandrill
/pixelart/87826.htm' target='_blank' class='winner2'>Morning High by /p/21174.htm' target='_blank'>JJoploo
/pixelart/87834.htm' target='_blank' class='winner3'>Go by /p/48090.htm' target='_blank'>Spectrum-Star

Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge!

/pixelart/87914.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Some Kinda Rush by /p/20446.htm' target='_blank'>MFlanaga
/pixelart/87812.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>L'Estasi dell'Oro. by /p/47521.htm' target='_blank'>Skab
/pixelart/87935.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Serve the Servants - Nirvana by /p/45872.htm' target='_blank'>quervo
/pixelart/87868.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Brush the Heat by /p/47975.htm' target='_blank'>Aureliano
/pixelart/87807.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Flipside by /p/33190.htm' target='_blank'>Dont
/pixelart/87925.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Tarantula by /p/42904.htm' target='_blank'>SoraAkihiru
/pixelart/87851.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Seinabo Sey - Younger (Kygo Remix) by /p/48229.htm' target='_blank'>WangieClown
/pixelart/87938.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>meeh-Shadows by /p/48133.htm' target='_blank'>BlackDragon555
/pixelart/87871.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Stardust by /p/44942.htm' target='_blank'>Otto
/pixelart/87853.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>System of a Down - Toxicity by /p/14288.htm' target='_blank'>Skoby
/pixelart/87831.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Hydrogen, from Hotline Miami OST by /p/47521.htm' target='_blank'>Skab
/pixelart/87924.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Digital Dance by /p/43381.htm' target='_blank'>Altourus
/pixelart/87919.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Summit by /p/38031.htm' target='_blank'>Ashkin
/pixelart/87817.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Wanted To by /p/39184.htm' target='_blank'>Pheno
/pixelart/87789.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Spiral Out by /p/41308.htm' target='_blank'>Joseki
/pixelart/87863.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Scary Light by /p/21045.htm' target='_blank'>a3um
/pixelart/87929.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Rhapsody in Blue by /p/39884.htm' target='_blank'>SuperTurnip
/pixelart/87797.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>ScorceseRed by /p/48227.htm' target='_blank'>MafGomez
/pixelart/87843.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Dubstep by /p/20347.htm' target='_blank'>Exquisious
/pixelart/87883.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Storm by /p/47825.htm' target='_blank'>Meapers
/pixelart/87828.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Time - Pink Floyd by /p/45863.htm' target='_blank'>NACHOSLAVE

Posted By: Aureliano
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 1:00am
Ah, this challenge is brilliant! If I can I might shoot for multiple entries. Shortlisting ten before I forget them haha:

A Winged Victory for the Sullen- Steep Hill of Vicodin Tears
Albert Ayler- Ghosts
Brian Eno- Here he Comes
Boredoms- Super Shine
Deerhoof- Mothball the Fleet
My Bloody Valentine- What you want
Neutral Milk Hotel- Engine
OOIOO- Grow Sound Tree
Sun Ra- Springtime Again
Sparklehorse-More Yellow Birds

Can't wait to see what other people submit!

Posted By: Joseki
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 8:27am
This is what I came up with. The background song is Lateralus by Tool.

I think i might try to animate this.

This is a chunk of the lyrics that inspired the color and shapes:

Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
lets me see there is so much more
and beckons me to look through to these infinite possibilities.

The song has also a strong mathematical pattern that "spirals out". You can learn more about the Fibonacci sequence in the song from wikipedia :)

Posted By: Otto
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 9:23am
I made this while listening to Carmichael's "Stardust". There are many versions of the song, this one is the closest I could fint in the Internet to the one I was inspired by:

So here is my drawing:

I translated the "old jazz" feeling of the song into a sort of Art Deco image

Posted By: SpeedyCube
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 9:55am
I was thinking of doing Bastille - Haunt, maybe

Posted By: MafGomez
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 2:10pm
Hi everyone, i'm new arround here, when it says 12 colors, is it in total (with the shading and everything)or is it the ammount of colors we can use (so like if green was one of them would dark green and light green be another two colors)?

Sorry for being noob, just figured i asked xD


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 2:21pm
@MafGomez, in pixelart every shade counts including transparency. 12 colors means 12 colors even if all 12 are greens.

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Posted By: MafGomez
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 2:22pm
Thanks for the response ;) totally clarified

Posted By: Voltali obscur
Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 10:44pm
"Optional Bonus Challenge: Create an animated piece that is in time with the music."
This is absolute evil!

Gonna try a song from Kavinsky (Odd Look remix), but got only one instrument so far... small wip with this endless "tuh-duh-duh" electronic sound

Posted By: Joseki
Date Posted: 22 July 2014 at 3:08am
This is an update to the image plus some little animation.
This is the first time I try animation, and I don't think i'll submit the animated version as animating the fire would take me a load of time.

Anyway, hints on framerate/layers/loops etc are appreciated :)

Posted By: MafGomez
Date Posted: 22 July 2014 at 3:18pm
Hey peeps, this was my first challenge ever xD i just figured i would post my pixel here so i can get some feedback :) tankz

[Song: For the longest time - Billy Joel]

Posted By: quervo
Date Posted: 22 July 2014 at 5:10pm
Hi, first time posting in this site, and firts time I got the nuts to go onthe weekly challenge, and it turn to be this one, really challenging, really difficult XD

Song: Serve the Servants  -  Nirvana

Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 22 July 2014 at 5:19pm
@all, please note this part of the challenge:
'the challenge calls for an abstract piece, avoid identifiable physical objects (no living beings, household items, eggplants, etc...).

@MafGomez hats, hearts, buildings, musical notes.

@Joseki, eyeball fixed

@quervo, that's nice.

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Posted By: Temessis
Date Posted: 23 July 2014 at 4:23am
#Don'tKnowWhatAmIDoing ;D - Stonebank - Holding On To Sound
Probably, I will change the idea of the picture

Posted By: MafGomez
Date Posted: 23 July 2014 at 4:38am

Hope everything is ok according with the rules.

Those aren't meant to be buildings btw, just equalizer vectors ;_;

Posted By: Pheno
Date Posted: 23 July 2014 at 8:47am

Got this WIP; I'm pretty happy with the focal point, but I'm not entirely sure what should go around it (I want the cream-colored stuff to sort of look like it flows, as if it were something somewhere between water and mist). The song is Infected Mushroom - Wanted To

Posted By: Exquisious
Date Posted: 23 July 2014 at 9:08am
A WIP. I like the line art and colors, but am unsure of what to add to the background. C&C welcomed.

8 Colors.

EDIT: This would probably look pretty cool animated...;)

Posted By: eikonographer
Date Posted: 23 July 2014 at 10:54pm
Another first post. I also haven't really focused on pixel pieces before (though I've certainly worked with pixels), but I've always had an interest, which is growing.

Original inspiration was to be Cate Le Bon's "Are You With Me Now?", but then I refreshed myself on "Serve the Servants" for quervo's piece, so Nirvana crept in as I started the piece, followed by "My Name" and "Going Places" by Starflyer 59, "Mature Themes" and "Only In My Dreams" by Ariel Pink, and I finally got some Cate playing again; "AYWMN?" and "Duke". I was also inspired by some actual abstract paintings I saw recently from a former classmate. So, it represents that variety at least.

This is representative of my general style and effort level, I hope it doesn't offend.

Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 24 July 2014 at 5:16am
Originally posted by eikonographer

Try to be more precise and deliberate in your pixel placement.
At this point you are on the Oekaki side of things.

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Posted By: MFlanaga
Date Posted: 24 July 2014 at 8:17pm
Hey does this fall into the "excessively simple minimalism"? i didn't notice that part...

Posted By: a3um
Date Posted: 24 July 2014 at 9:48pm

Sawano Hiroyuki - Hill of Sorrow

Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 25 July 2014 at 5:24am
Originally posted by MFlanaga

Hey does this fall into the "excessively simple minimalism"? i didn't notice that part...


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Posted By: Lehmure
Date Posted: 25 July 2014 at 8:56pm
Well, for now, i only shapes. And shapes, i don't think i will have the time to actually animate it.

That's my impression of Chelsea Dagger.

Posted By: CraftyPixeI
Date Posted: 26 July 2014 at 12:13am

song: 'Pogo'

not entering, just made for fun.

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