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Erick Loyer
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technical statement

Chroma was authored using Macromedia Director and is delivered to the Web via the Shockwave plug-in. The piece is built on a custom Director-based multimedia engine called "Mneme" which handles the complex animation and synchronization tasks required for each chapter.

Most of Chroma's animation is algorithmic; that is, generated dynamically by the program code. In this way, the visuals can be as responsive as possible to the user's actions without increasing the download time of the chapters. As a result, Chroma delivers more experience per kilobyte downloaded than the typical Web site.

The visual design of Chroma was developed using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, with some complex vector elements being converted to Macromedia Flash format for inclusion in the various Director movies.
Chroma's voice-overs were recorded on a DigiDesign ProTools system, and the final musical score was recorded and mixed with Steinberg's Cubase software in conjunction with a Mark of the Unicorn 2408 mkII audio interface. Streaming Audio was compressed into the Shockwave format using SoundEd.