Colin Cronin Roache
Curriculum Vitae
I am a creative technologist with a wide range of experience in computer science, multimedia and interaction design. With background interests in generative music visuals, site-specific installations and human-computer interaction I utilize mixed technologies to inspire captivating experiences. Leveraging desktop and mobile computing, video, photography, music and web with an eye towards the future, I attempt to develop novel applications of media technologies which expand conscious awareness and engagement.

colin at colinroache dot com

C, C++, Objective-C, x86 ASM, HTML, CSS/SCSS, JavaScript/CoffeeScript, GLSL, PHP, Java, Processing, Python, Scheme, SQL, Arduino
OpenGL, Cinder, openFrameworks, Cocoa, Cocoa Touch, OpenCV, OpenCL, FMOD, three.js, node.js, jQuery, Zend, Django
Mac OS X, Unix, Linux, Apache, Xcode, Emacs, Docker, Git, SVN, Final Cut Pro 7/X, Motion, Shake, Maya, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quartz Composer, VDMX, TouchDesigner

Work History
2015 - Present
Experience Design (XD) Studio
Senior Experience Developer
2014 - Present
On-Call New Media Developer
2012 - 2015
Creative Technologist
2011 - 2012
Scott Snibbe Studio
Creative Engineer
2007 - 2008
East Bay Media Center
Technical Support, Video Production/Post-Production
Student reactions to classroom lecture capture
Paul E. Dickson, David I. Warshow, Alec C. Goebel, Colin C. Roache, W. Richards Adrion
ITiCSE '12 Proceedings of the 17th ACM annual conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education
NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
UMASS CS, Amherst, MA
Computer Vision, e-Learning, Web Development

Colin Cronin Roache
Selected Portfolio
Most of my best work lays right where it belongs, quietly tucked away behind the scenes. Over the years, I have worked with a number of agencies, startups, and companies to design prototypes and R&D technologies. Due to the nature of this kind of work, and out of respect for my clients, I can't talk about it. However, here is some of my work that I can show!

Leftbody is the moniker of my live music visualization experiance. Drawing from traditions of experimental film, computer graphics and video art, Leftbody utilizes a variety of aesthetics, computational techniques and interactive paradigms to augment musical performance, rendering a synesthetically immersive social augmentation.

Stay tuned on social media for new videos and upcoming event details.


ccr.io serves an openly accessible digital space to display a selection of my artwork.

ccr.io lives in two parts, the gallery and the pieces displayed within.
The core of the site, the gallery, handles navigational interaction and can manage an arbitrary number of rendered works efficiently.
The pieces all started as vivid visual ideas. In them I hope to explore and cultivate the emotional complexity that can arise from examining the seemingly simple.

I aim for this project to provide me with a highly flexible context into which I can display my existing works and create original creative works. It will change and morph with time, displaying a range of work from video to interactions.
The currently displayed works, Spectrums, are non-interactive, deterministically generative loops ranging from 20 to 60 seconds.

The works presented have been through ideation, prototyping, iteration, translation and optimization phases.

The site is mainly written using CoffeeScript and GLSL, utilizing a wide range of open source libraries and scripts.

Live Site

Working with Oglivy & Mather and Minivegas, I was the sole developer of an iOS app for Huggies, Cry To Lullaby. Using digital signal processing, interactive shading and immersive interaction design, Cry To Lullaby offers a soothing, touch-reactive lullaby experience tailored to the specific emotions detected in a baby's cry.

While working for Scott Snibbe Studio I developed the second iOS version of Gravilux, which is an interactive and meditative experience allowing users to push and pull at gravitational fields of stars. My favorite added feature is the music visualizer, allowing users to play a song from their iPod library and control how that music moves the stars. Interactive typography, a new interface, and vastly improved performance made this update a completely new experience.

Project Page
iOS App Store
Press in Co.Design

While working for Scott Snibbe Studio I had the opportunity to develop an iOS app for the musical act Passion Pit. Here's a short video of them using the app:

We began the project by combining imagery from the album with the geometric patterns of Scott Snibbe's app Bubble Harp into backing visuals for live projection at the 2012 Webby Awards.

We then took the aesthetic from the live visuals and created a fully interactive mobile experience. The iOS app allows users to listen to two songs from their new album, Gossamer, while giving the user the ability to interact with images using interaction idioms from Bubble Harp. The apps also allows users to remix both songs in novel music synthesis modes.

Band Project Link
Studio Project Link
Press Release
iOS App Store Link

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When starting at Scott Snibbe Studio I was responsible for build mastering, quality assurance and In-App Purchase engineering for the Biophilia App, as well as production of concert visuals for the live tour. In a collaboration between Björk, Scott Snibbe and M/M Paris, the iOS app provides numerous fully interactive experiences to accompany each song on the album Biophilia.

Press Release: Biophilia, the First App in MoMA’s Collection

These projection mapped animations are the result of a collaboration with Noah Eisenbruch

3ft3 constructed wooden cube for projection surface
After Effects for Animation
Quartz Composer for Projection Mapping

This experimental space, sound and projection installation was a collaboration with Eric Hnatow and Declan Murphy.

As the result of experimentation with audio-reactive visuals, we created a space which was highly immersive and audio-reactive. Eric and Declan created and amplified the soundscape portion of the work using analog and granular synthesizers. I projected a few of my music visualization sketches onto a polyester film, which then reflected onto sheet used as a simple rear projection screen.

We mounted the film such that the bottom was unattached from the frame, allowing it to move with wind. We positioned the bass speaker directly at the bottom of the film. The vibrations from the speaker caused wind which would move and warp the shape of the film. As the film moves, so do the normals of the reflection surface, and the rear projection is warped to the audio. Extending this further, we duplicated the system in a 'V' pattern, creating a narrowing hallway of cloth for a user to immerse themselves into. My partners created spatialized audio tracks, allowing us to visualize the effects of separate parts of the soundscape on the different reflections.

Quartz Composer for audio-reactive graphics
Bass speakers
Reflective polyester film

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