Eye-Candy For The Weekend: Particle Animation Music Videos

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Just like a couple of weeks ago1, this weekend again we’ve got something unusual and creative to lift up your spirits and challenge your creativity over a lousy Sunday. Particle animation is a beautiful concept from motion graphics. Using specialized software, you can simulate the movements of particles depending on the environment — for instance, music rhythm.

In today’s post we present selected particle animation music videos. Be prepared: the page may take a while to load. Please make sure to visit the sources of videos to enjoy the viewing experience in HD, and don’t forget to turn on your hi-fi-system. We also feature some tutorials in the end of this post: and here you go — now you have something fun to do over the weekend!

Beautiful Particle Animation Videos

Max TV Color Artist2

Fire Flower by Pierre Michel3

Procedural Particles4 from Matthias Müller5

Audio visual Halo6

We Own The Sky7

Solar, with lyrics.8

Vestige – Siggraph CAF 2009 Opening version9

VITAL “Airport”10

Particle Garden11

Particle Objects12

Particle Monster13

Let yourself feel14

SPIRE / Corporate Identity Launch Video15

Particle art16

Weird Fishes: Arpeggi17

The stars are projectors18

Red Smoke – Particle animation to Music19

Particle Visualisation20

Particle Playground21

Tutorials and Further Resources

Particle Animation to Music22
This tutorial is a detailed example of visualizing music through the formation of particles.

Extensive Guide For Particle Animation23
An extensive guide for working with Trapcode Suite to generate videos with animated particles.

Solar, with lyrics24
This tutorial will lead you to the process of particle animation created with Processing, audio by Goldfrapp.

How To Create A Surreal Outer Space Nebula 25
An impressive tutorial on creating a surreal outer space nebula provides you with the details regarding particle animation synchronized with music.

Particle Explosion26
In this tutorial you will learn how to build a complex particle system using CC Particle World and Synchronize the particle blast to shatter a title.

Building Up Particles27
This tutorial demonstrates the creation process of particles to simulate a disintegrating hot air balloon using Trapcode Particular and Adobe After Effects.

Make a Particle Explosion Effect28
The author of this tutorial has broken down the process of developing an in-game particle effect into a series of steps. This technique is mostly used for a particle explosion effect in a video game.

Trapcode Gallery on Vimeo29
A user-submitted gallery of videos created with Trapcode Suite.

iPhone App – Magnetosphere30
This iPhone app helps you create particle animation easily.

Particle Animation Software31
A detailed overview of various particle animation applications, with ratings, reviews and screenshots.

Last Click

Particle collection32
A remarkable collection of various particle animation effects from Matthias Müller.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/07/beautiful-examples-of-transparent-screen-trick-photos/
  2. 2 http://vimeo.com/9142476
  3. 3 http://vimeo.com/2286045
  4. 4 http://vimeo.com/7901030
  5. 5 http://vimeo.com/user624589
  6. 6 http://vimeo.com/6863198
  7. 7 http://vimeo.com/3543875
  8. 8 http://vimeo.com/658158
  9. 9 http://vimeo.com/4699035
  10. 10 http://vimeo.com/10634513
  11. 11 http://vimeo.com/8733089
  12. 12 http://vimeo.com/7625191
  13. 13 http://vimeo.com/13855881
  14. 14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a32U6cn2c1A
  15. 15 http://vimeo.com/8419440
  16. 16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDyosxEB7qI
  17. 17 http://vimeo.com/935317
  18. 18 http://vimeo.com/11547544
  19. 19 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFyAJMwYthc
  20. 20 http://vimeo.com/14398949
  21. 21 http://vimeo.com/10989231
  22. 22 http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2010/07/particle-animation-to-music/
  23. 23 http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/videos/tutorials/
  24. 24 http://www.flight404.com/blog/?p=111
  25. 25 http://ae.tutsplus.com/tutorials/motion-graphics/how-to-create-a-surreal-outer-space-nebula/
  26. 26 http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/particle_explosion/
  27. 27 http://library.creativecow.net/articles/lee_james/particle_build_up.php
  28. 28 http://www.gamedev.net/reference/art/features/howtoPartFx/
  29. 29 http://www.vimeo.com/album/70879
  30. 30 http://www.barbariangroup.com/software/magnetosphere
  31. 31 http://particle-animation.software.informer.com/
  32. 32 http://vimeo.com/5887549
  33. 33 http://polldaddy.com/poll/3752631/
  34. 34 http://polldaddy.com/features-surveys/

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Bhanu Ahluwalia is a graduate in Computer Science and a social media enthusiast from India. He specializes in web design by qualification and photography by passion. He is an avid blogger, running TutZone and co-authoring DesignUnder and SloDive. You can reach him via Twitter.

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  1. 1

    very creative… I like them !

  2. 2

    Really nice! I was so surprised at the time of seeing these videos,
    thank you very much!

  3. 3

    Simply superb……there is no limit to creativity….awesome collection

  4. 4

    Ólafur Arnalds <3

  5. 5

    Reminds me of my competition entry :D

    for those who are interessted : http://derhintergrund.com/classic-clip.html

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  7. 7

    awesome… I like them !

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    Pretty cool stuff, i just finished a project where this would have been great research point.

  10. 10

    Excellent , great work

  11. 11

    Great post and if you guys enjoyed this, please check out http://mographtv.com :).

  12. 12

    Also don’t forget the Coldplay’s Viva La Vida promo video for iTunes… that’s quite awesome! :D
    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3mYc1m3lsM

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    Visual ecstasy

  16. 16

    Kartlos Tchavelachvili

    September 13, 2010 9:38 am

    “Solar, with lyrics.”,
    “Weird Fishes: Arpeggi”,
    “Particle Playground”

    This 3 videos are so cool!

    • 17

      Thank you! Particle Playground was a lot of fun to make and I’m glad that people enjoy watching it!

  17. 18

    Realy good … the Max Tv color artist …

  18. 19

    I loved this!

  19. 20

    Really nice collection!

    How about shoes as particles, this looks a bit less like an itunes visualization:
    http://vimeo.com/8205710

  20. 21

    Lousy Sunday? Why is it lousy? I thought Sunday was delightful.

  21. 22

    Bruno Zanetti Westin

    September 15, 2010 2:25 pm

    …also Justin Timberlake with Lovestoned:

    youtube.com/watch?v=FuHMp8L7aGo

  22. 23

    These are great . This is one I really like right now, it is just interesting visuals.
    It is All Along The Watchtower

    youtube.com/zephynblue

  23. 24

    Computer Tips and Tricks

    November 4, 2011 8:15 am

    Great Work. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Regards
    Sanjan Bikram
    Computer Tips and Tricks

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