Wayne has always been a keen student of the symbiotic relationship between music and light. As a young boy, he was fascinated by the piano players who performed live to silent pictures. He wondered if it would be possible to invert that relationship by empowering the pianist to somehow paint onto the screen the visual imagery that musicians hold in their mind's eye.

In 1995, Wayne began his journey. Completely self taught, he immersed himself in various computer programming languages and 3D animation theory and set out to build a real time software animation engine uniquely suited to his own musical and visual sensibilities.

The initial engine was very basic, as the video cards of the day (at least on the Mac) had not yet evolved. Any midi instrument could control the objects on the screen, but the camera did not 'travel', and the object transformations were minimal.

In 1999, the software had it's first public performance on a large screen. Wayne was commissioned to create a piece for a corporate show held at the DuMaurier Theatre in Toronto. By this time, texture mapping and a basic camera track was part of the feature set.

The year 2000 was an exciting year for this work, as OpenGL was introduced on the Mac platform. The graphics cards were now incorporating graphics processing units (GPU's) that could be programmed, allowing for a vastly more powerful architecture. The engine had to be completely rebuilt to take advantage of the new features.

This process took a little over a year. New features included a camera that actually travelled through a 3D volumetric space on a 'perpetual' B - spline curve, and access to all of the OpenGL rendering options.

It was about that time that Wayne met Canadian artist Paul Morin, who happened to live around the corner from Wayne in rural Erin, ON. Paul, who is a Governor General's Award recipient, was fascinated with the work, as it offered a creative means to feature his paintings in a very unique way. Wayne and Paul have collaborated for the last ten years on various projects including numerous gallery shows and a DVD.

In 2004, the software was a winner of The DigiFest Festival's New Voices Competition, which was held at the Ontario Science Centre. Wayne presented and performed with the software, and was invited to create an interactive exhibit which ran in Sept 2004 at OSC.

There are many applications for this musical approach to driving visual realities. One possibility that Wayne is exploring is a therapeutic tool that may help autisic people to communicate or express themselves.
Click on the examples on the right menu to view some examples and discussion of the work.