Presenting: Glitch Black

1) How did you get started on your journey?

Starting in 2013, Glitch Black began as the name of my synthwave music project.  Simply put, synthwave is a revival of producing music with 1980s-era synthesizers strongly influenced by Blade Runner, John Carpenter movie soundtracks, and early video games.

(NIGHTSPRINT –  Glitch Black)

As my project grew, I started to release new albums roughly once per year and even began playing live shows all around the U.S. When my third album released in 2015, I made a teaser video comprised of several 3D animations that I made using Cinema4D and After Effects. I later realized each separate shot of animation could be taken out and turned into standalone gifs. This quickly led to my interest in experimenting with other kinds of short looping visuals I could make. I began regularly posting these experimental animations to Tumblr. Pretty soon I had a library of hundreds of original animations that I used to project behind me during my live music shows. In 2020, playing live shows came to an end (for obvious reasons) but was also the year I found out about cryptoart and joined SuperRare, MakersPlace, and Rarible. At this point Glitch Black has become as much a visual project as it is a musical one.

(Cybersphere – Glitch Black)

2) Where do you see yourself in the future, in relation to your project?

(FACE MACHINE – Glitch Black)

Considering I’ve only known about cryptoart for less than 6 months and the hugely positive impact it’s already made on my ability to create new art, it’s hard to predict what the future may bring next.  Nevertheless, my goal is to continuously learn new tools and techniques as a way to keep pushing the technical quality of my work.

3) Tell us about your favourite artists, NFT and traditional.

Some of my favorite traditional artists include Wayne Barlowe, H.R. Giger, Francis Bacon, Syd Mead, John Harris, Chris Fosse, and Moebius. Basically a healthy mix of nightmarish hellscapes and futuristic technology.  My favorite artists who are active in the cryptoart space include Billelis, Peter Gric, DR01D Visuals, hexeosis, Pi-Slices, RenderedFlesh, and Sarah Zucker (just to name a few). One of the best things about the cryptoart movement is that it’s made me aware of so many other artists who I would have missed otherwise. It feels like I’m discovering new artists all the time whose work I admire.

(Escape #1138 – Glitch Black)

4) Talk us through your creative process.

(The Idea Factory – Glitch Black)

All I really need is some music playing and a computer to work with. As long as I have those, I can get myself in the creative mood pretty quickly.  Before the pandemic hit, I occasionally had to travel for my job. I made sure to always bring my laptop along so I could spend my nights in hotel rooms crafting some new quick project to render overnight. Now that I travel much less, I do all my work on a new desktop PC I built at the end of 2020 (a much-needed upgrade from my previous decade-old PC).  One of my goals for 2021 is to take on more ambitious longer-term personal projects, rather than quickly turning renders out in a single sitting like usually do.

5) Any other exciting developments you need your public to know about?

Three of my artworks were chosen for the 2021 ETHDenver NFT art auction on OpenSea, so that was cool to be a part of.  I also worked with Marguerite deCourcelle (also known as coin_artist) to create several chess sets for her GET PWNED project. I’m especially excited about the latest themed set I made, but hasn’t been unveiled yet, so I can’t say too much more about it!   And then I recently had the honor of being the guest artist for issue #17 of the Redlioneye Gazette, which means an original art NFT I created was dropped to anyone who bought that issue of the magazine.  And finally, I’ve been speaking to a few other artists about potential collaborations in the near future.

(Mech Set Knight)

6) Anything else (NFT & Art) related that you want to be featured?

You can view all my available cryptoart pieces for sale from my galleries on SuperRare, Foundation, MakersPlace, OpenSea, and Rarible.

(RoboJam – Glitch Black)

A collaboration by Glitch Black, A General Disciplin & Benny Steele

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  1. I haven’t checked in here for some time because I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

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