On August 21-22 we held our 2nd Interactive & Immersive Championships. It was an amazing event and we saw 16 amazing developers and artists create works of art that the judges could barely believe was possible in 90 minutes! In this post, we’re going to recap some of those great works and show you where you can continue to follow all of the competitors and learn more about them!
A big congrats to the three prize winners of the event. These competitors brought a huge amount of techniques, processes, and creativity to their challenges and demonstrated exceptional artistry and command over TouchDesigner.
1st Place – Aristotle Roufanis
Aristotle brought a lot of amazing combinations of techniques and ideas to the challenges. One amazing piece he made for the finals involved combining Nvidia’s new AR face tracking to build a 3D mesh of his face that could interact with a particle-based fluid simulation happening in real-time using Nvidia’s Flex simulation system. This was all running in real-time inside of a beautiful previz environment he created with dramatic lighting and reflections. All of this within 100 minutes!
You can follow Aristotle at the following links:
2nd Place – Owen Kirby
Owen demonstrated an unmatched level of audio control and processing in TouchDesigner. Not only from the perspective of how analyzed signals are used to create beautiful and compelling visual scenes, but also that all of the audio and music he was analyzing was also fully generated inside of TouchDesigner. Step sequencers, drum machines, polyphonic synths, and more are part of Owen’s toolkit.
You can follow Owen and learn more about his audio synthesis in TouchDesigner at the links below:
3rd Place – Dylan Roscover
Dylan, who impressively has ranked in the top three two years in a row at The Championship, showed off such an amazing variety of content and techniques. Everything from generative 2D content creation based on MIDI events to instancing setups with 3D textures, advanced UV manipulations, and a fully textured 3D reconstruction of his face using Nvidia’s AR SDK in TouchDesigner. It was really impressive to see how quickly Dylan could go from concept to finished piece and harnessed TouchDesigner, Notch, Unreal, and more with equal comfort.
You can follow Dylan’s and, his partner, Anita’s work below:
Many viewers were asking how they could follow the talented artists and developers they watched during The Championship. We’ve got you covered with social links for all of the artists below. Their works are fantastic and we highly recommend you give them all follows and likes.
You can follow Dan at the links below:
Kyle Meredith a.k.a. Kayem
You can follow Kyle at the links below:
Luke Hildreth a.k.a. momersion
You can follow Luke’s work below:
Morteza Ghahremanian a.k.a. Tormoz
You can follow Morteza’s work below:
Roberto Gutierrez Palma a.k.a. Robert Photonic
You can follow Roberto’s work below:
Ben Benjamin a.k.a. webglol
You can follow Ben’s work below:
Tommy Etkin a.k.a. Tekt
You can follow Tommy’s work below:
George Galanakis a.k.a. radarboy3000
You can follow George’s work below:
David Joel Lajas a.k.a. Vj Catalyst
You can follow David’s work below:
Jason Latta a.k.a. Amazing Robot
You can follow Jason’s work below:
JP Kelly a.k.a. smallGod
You can follow JP’s work below:
Stephen Cronin a.k.a. visualsssssssss
You can follow Stephen’s work below:
Rob McDonald a.k.a. theRob
You can follow Rob’s work below:
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We had a ton of fun putting together The Championship with all of our sponsors and partners. We hoped you found it to be a fun, interesting, educational, and inspiring event. We can’t thank the sponsors and supporters of The Championship for supporting the production and event. We look forward to seeing you at the next Championships!