Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Hi everybody! While I've really enjoyed my time here on Blogger, I've been really thinking about moving on over to WordPress. Also, it's become very apparent that a 100% Flash site is NOT the way to go, and so has been merged into what this blog was.

In short, the new It Doesn't Have to DO Anything will still be the place I post new, random Flash doodles, but you'll also find a highlight reel of sorts showcasing my favorite entries from this blog, as well as a few other projects I've done.

So enjoy the new and improved site! And so long, Blogger!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Large version (recommended).

This here's my step into the wonderful world of sound visualizations! What you're seeing is basically the raw data of an .mp3 file. You've probably seen waveforms like this:

This is using the exact same type of data. Basically, each little "slice" of the waveform is a value between 1 and -1. That value is then amplified (if we didn't, the visualization would just look like a little cluster in the center of the screen) and then positioned based on the sin and cos of that value. Imagine a sound wave like the above, but curled around into a circle - that's what this is!

I'm also using the BitmapData object in Flash, which is a very nifty tool to check out. With it, many advanced effects can be created (such as the more detailed glow seen above). Anywho, hope you enjoy!

By the way, my song choice in this was something I dwelled on for a bit. Certain sounds show up much better in the visualization. Specifically, simple songs with long, constant tones, seem to show very cool geometric patterns. Louder, multi-layered songs tend to cause such complex waveforms that the visualization winds up looking like static. I'm particularly happy with the 6th song above ("Don't Let Us Get Sick" by Warren Zevon).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Large version. (note that this is the same size but it will load in its own window)

Nope, I don't really know what this is either. I've just been sorta "doodling" out little things in Flash lately. This was going to be a checkerboard style grid of blocks that would grow and shrink randomly. I finished that up, but felt I'd push it in a slightly...blurrier direction. Not that the first thing didn't look cool, but I think this result is more indicative of what the program wanted to be in the first place.

Also note that the colorization is random every time (though one checkerboard grid will always be a shade of blue - I'm not sure why I chose to do that, but I think it has something to do with wanting SOME standardization to it).


Monday, March 21, 2011


Large version.

Sometimes I randomly poke around on my external drives and find little scrap bits of projects I started and never finished. Or maybe they were just little bits that I didn't find interesting enough to post up on the blog. This was one of those measly little bits that caught my eye the other day. I spent a little time polishing it up - it's still nothing mind-shattering, but's something! It's GOOD to create!

Anywho, stick around and watch it - it will clear itself once the boxes reach the top. Oh, and if you're lucky, you may even be greeted by a special someone! OOH! Marvelous!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Quivering Lines

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Another end of break, random Flash doodle.


Sunday, January 2, 2011


Large version.

The blog lives yet! I suppose. Well, this does a whole lotta nuffin', but I think it looks pretty nifty.

Click anywhere in the .swf to swap out a new random set of glowing bars.