The ‘Mandela’ Variation
August 11, 2008
This is simply my original ‘Music is Math’ animation with one very small but significant difference, I changed the random seed number. This number is basically the starting point for all random numbers throughout the code used to create the branches, particle motion etc.
I thought it would be interesting to see and compare the difference between the first and second videos, with only changing one number. The original seed value was 1973, the year I was born, and I was thinking of what other numbers I could use for a second video, and Nelson Mandela’s prison number came to mind – 46664, which is what is used here.
It’s the exact same video and code, except the new seed number (I also let it run a little longer), and although pretty much the same material, there are nice moments not seen in the first, which makes it a worth while (and very cheap) experiment. Promise to do something a bit more creative next time..