Created by Nick Hardeman, these images are generated by evaluating and interpreting the 1997 music video “Mo Money Mo Problems” from the first disc of the Notorious B.I.G. album, Life After Death. The algorithm detects edges in the image and attempts to trace motion from frame to frame, using the initial frame as their starting point. The output is rendered as a vector image, the curves represent the motion. The points represent the pixels detected in the edge, their size determined by the distance from their previous location, the further, the larger the circle. The color and location of the points are determined by the corresponding pixel in that frame. The bright colored track suits worn by Puff Daddy and Mase in the dark backgrounds make for good tracking and nice color combinations. The only imagery added manually is the background color. You can check out some more renders in the Mo Money Mo Problems photoset on flickr.
Nick Hardeman was born and raised in Miami, FL and grew up studying fine art. He received a BFA in graphic design from Florida State University in 2006. He then worked as a Flash web developer in Miami, FL at WA007. He is currently living in New York, NY and is pursuing a MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design and is expected to graduate in 2010.