The following is a web edition of my original report written in 2006-07-01
In September 2005, even before the release of Clothing Like A T-Shirt Saying I Wish I already had set my mind on releasing short intros for the next events of the year. Namely, the Saturne Party 6 in Paris, and the bcnparty101 in Barcelona. It turned out the cancellation of the former was actually beneficial to the overall project, since going back to work on an intro immediately after another one proved a bit too optimistic.
After some hectic crunch-time programming for the streamMega party, I needed, or thought I needed a bit of rest. The code base also had suffered through the ordeal and some housekeeping needed to be done to clean up and package independent parts for later works.
So I cleaned up the mess, branched out the code, and started working again on it for the next effort.
In the end, after roughly 67 hours of work with a great deal taken by debugging, Walking On Four was released in the 64kb intro competition at bcnparty101, on 2006.11.05.
Maybe all I needed was a reason to visit the intoxicating city of Barcelona, and its illustrious inhabitants.
Starting with a fast moving red loading bar, it then displays the very same effect that ended Clothing Like A Tshirt saying I Wish, arrows going up and down diagonally across the screen.
But we notice a slight ghosting of the whole picture.
The soundtrack is distinctively electronic. The pad section is playing a seemingly aimless minor harmony, and the rhythmic section, consisting of just a bass drum and a click, is animated along a long
rhythm difficult to apprehend at first.
As the synthetic pads slowly fade-in, stripes, almost calligraphic drawings start appearing and drawing themselves below the frame. The
grey on dark drawings do not appear to mean anything, and appear one after another, as pieces of entangled ribbons.
Very quickly the original arrows disappear, and after a short display of the ribbons alone, a distorted pink plane of particles jumps in and out of the screen, locally swelling.
Around the 45 seconds mark, the display spreads and saturate into almost homogeneous whiteness. But slowly ripples back in to display another similar screen: transparent ribbons like in the first half, but on top of which a rotating, block of pink lights, pulsating with the underlying rhythm of the music.
With time, ripples form and emerge from the block of light. Saturated, harsh-looking ripples coming from the center of the screen towards its sides, like a suggested tunnel.
In the end, around the 90 seconds mark, the title “walking on four -” appears on a black display, followed in an unusual down to up order, with “!=” then “BCN 7005” as each new beat of the now almost alone rhythm resonates in.
Stay with us as we will cover its design and implementation.