Digital Matrix Rain

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May 17, 2022

Matrix digital rain, also called matrix code or sometimes green rain, is the computer code in the Matrix franchise series, first appearing in the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix was to see. The Falling Green Code is a way of representing the activity of the Matrix's simulated reality environment featured in all four Matrix films on screen in the form of kinetic typography. The 2021 logos of American film production studio Warner Bros. Pictures and the animated version of the 2019 Village Roadshow Pictures logo in Matrix Resurrections show the code in their respective variants, with the former also appearing in the open-world computer game The Matrix Awakens used in another version of this variant that removed the studio backlot. The episodes of the spin-off The Animatrix also begin with the code. It's a signature feature of the franchise, comparable to the opening scroll title in the Star Wars films.

Background

In the film, the digital matrix rain that makes up the matrix itself is often represented as downward flowing green characters. This code uses a font designed by Simon Whiteley that includes half-width kana and Western Latin letters and numerals, designed by Simon Whiteley. In a 2017 interview with CNET, he attributed the design to his Japanese woman back and added: "I like to say that the code of The Matrix consists of Japanese sushi recipes". The effect is similar to that of an older monochrome monitor with a green-colored display, since the flowing movement of the letters leaves an apparently afterglow trail on the screen. A precursor to the digital matrix rain can be found in a code scene in the film Meteo, a Hungarian experimental pop culture Films from 1990. The 1995 cyberpunk film Ghost in the Shell, which is a strong influence on the film Matrix, features an opening credits similar to The Matrix Code. There is no official version of the code font used in the Matrix trilogy and on the Path of Neo computer game website, but there are several imitations, mostly in the form of screensavers.

Cultural influence

Dutch musician Arjen Lucassen named a track on his band Star One's 2010 album Victims of the Modern Age in honor of the film Matrix Digital Rain. The effect also inspired the creation of many unofficial Matrix screensavers. Just how symbolic the falling green code is for the Matrix films is also illustrated by its use in costume design for figure skating, where the soundtrack from the Matrix series was repeatedly chosen as the program music: For example, French figure skater Brian Joubert and Japanese figure skater Kaori Sakamoto competed in international Matrix score competitions wearing costumes that evoke the falling code in different ways.

See also

Computer virus Cascade (1987)

Web Links

Matrix code. In: fandom.com. Retrieved March 31, 2022 (English).

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