Through a wonderful fluke I made contact with a fellow in Nasa who’s pet project involved obtaining images from the Light Echo of v838 Monocerotis – this particular image has been really inspiring for me, and has been a major factor in some of the 3d sound-reactive tunnels I’ve created.  When I’m creating new visual effects this image is *always* loaded as a procedural texture during the testing of newly made effects.

Sound reactive tunnel demo that uses the Light Echo of v838 Monocerotis as it’s texture. Audio is “Magical World” by Bassnectar.

The final HD version reacts in realtime to music via the amplitude of frequency ranges. The speed of the tunnel is controlled by manual midi assignments (great for when the music ramps up, as in this audio clip).

Image Source: spacetelescope.org/images/heic0503a/

Audio Source: bassnectar.net/2010/03/new-free-music-magical-worlds/