The Last Song Syndrome

Client: NTU Services: Motion Graphics, 3D Modelling

A visual effects project for a module Media Art Nexus. The piece evokes Involuntary Musical Imagery (INMI) or “last song syndrome” of music through parasitic form that latches on to the host and multiply rapidly, infecting the host mind and finally succumb to the parasite which is the music. The project is showcased at Elbphilharmonie Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Germany & Nanyang Technological University, Media Art Nexus, Singapore.

The Last Song Syndrome usually refers to an earworm, or sometimes known as a brainworm, sticky music, stuck song syndrome.

It is best described as an Involuntary Musical Imagery (INMI) which is a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing.

Some examples of such music are We Will Rock You (1977) by Queen, Never Gonna Give You Up (1987) by Rick Astley or more recently, Let it go (2013) by Demi Lovato.

Our Media Art titled ‘The Last Song Syndrome’ revolves around depicting the process of INMI in an abstract manner in which we look to produce a couple of scenes within a 2 minute time frame.