Made in the mountains of Queenstown New Zealand, Machine Elf builds unique visual and audio content to help expand consciousness around the world. The works themselves stand alone as individual art pieces with an eclectic mix of visuals and soundscapes. After the math and music composing is complete, they can be rendered in anything from 4K to 8K to 16K to Stereoscopic 360 VR and beyond. Installations include anything from fine art to projections to music festivals to 360 virtual reality.

The best way to experience these is via VR goggles using Inside that app, you can see a variety of Machine Elf experiences and use them as daily tools for your mind; they are a beautiful meditation that settles your conciousness to leave you refreshed and serene.


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Below are a few examples of some Machine Elf creations. Naturally, when visiting via a web browser, these will be 2D experiences, but they are still pretty awesome. Enjoy.


Master Owl

The Master Owl knows everything. How else did he get that name? Join us on this unpredictable adventure that starts as man then delves inside the alien mind to see what hides inside. This is the most mathematically complex fractal so far and is a combination of the Xenodreambuie in a hybrid with Atan2Power 2. As with all the others, watch full screen with custom sound so you can hear the masterwork of Sam Wave.

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Avoiding the Void

What is the void? Do we want to avoid it or embrace it? We know the void is a useful tool for learning, so how do we dance with it? Elf 27 calmly explores the evolution of a void and allows you to relax in the unraveling, fundamental nature of its creation. As with the last one, Sam Mehrtens (Sam Wave) did custom music.

He explains "with all these worlds there seems to be a pulsing balance of life and release. When I was making the soundtrack I was instantly drawn into the void and felt a passive tribal tone urging to come out... as the void unravels so does the sound, and the beat becomes a distant memory. Accompanied by sprays of tonal delay and psychedelic guitar, 'Avoiding the Void' is our most explorative creation yet."

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Creator of Worlds

"Creator of Worlds" explores chaos and order and creation from nothing. The visual art consists of mathematical fractals that are changing, growing, and being destroyed over time and then recreated from the void. This is a collaboration with composer Sam Mehrtens (Sam Wave) we started with the concept of a heartbeat - the heartbeat of a mother that an infant hears in the womb. The work demonstrates life at all stages and throughout the course of its journey has the influence of both masculine and feminine energy guiding the entities evolution.

For us, this work at times reminded us of coral and represented life before personified life. It allows the participant to let go of thoughts and enter a more calm reality. This is the first work in the series made by Trey and Sam.

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People seem to love the Machine Elf creations so much that we continue to experiment with different fractals and music ideas. Consider all of these below to be "drafts" that could become future official creations with original custom music from Sam Wave. Sometimes people enjoy seeing what lands on the cutting room floor.


Devs Cube

When I was watching Devs (which I highly recommend, especially if you like films like Ex Machina from Alex Garland), I recognized the computer lab was in the shape of a cool mathematical fractal called a Menger Sponge. This is a fractal curve, a three-dimensional generalization of the one-dimensional Cantor set and two-dimensional Sierpinski carpet. It was formalized by Karl Menger in 1926. I've been working on lots of fractals lately at night in my lonely isolation and thought this was bizarrely mindbending. And, yes, I'm a math nerd.

The music is also from Devs, specifically the opening of Episode 4 of Season 1. The composers for the show at Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, and, if you've seen the show, then you know what a unique soundscape it has. Well done guys! 🙂

It took about 48 hours to render at 1080p on a rather beefy Xeon and high-end GeForce based Origin PC... just to give you an idea of the complexity of the math.


Crystal Mind


Cellular Dystopia


Machine Elf was started in mountains of New Zealand by two artists, Trey Ratcliff and Sam Wave. We believe in bringing consciousness and love to the world through art and creativity. Read more about the founders below.

About the Founders

Here's a photo of Sam & Trey at some music festival. We don't have any recollection of this photo being taken.
Trey Ratcliff

Trey Ratcliff is an artist on a somewhat quixotic mission to help spread consciousness and mindfulness to the world through photography and creativity. Running the #1 travel photography blog in the world,, has taken him to all seven continents over the past decade, and Google has tracked more than 140 billion views of his photos, all while building a social media presence with over 5 million followers.

Chris Anderson from TED called him a “pioneer” of the now ubiquitous genre of High Dynamic Range photography. Ratcliff had the first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian Museum and, sales of his large-format limited edition prints to fine art collectors worldwide have grown into a multimillion-dollar business. In 2012, he moved to Queenstown, New Zealand, before it became a trendy doomsday contingency plan.

Trey has collectors of his fine art from all around the world. These include everyone from knights to professional football players to celebrities like Edward Norton and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Sam Wave

Sam Wave is the moniker of Sam Mehrtens, singer/song-writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist/mixer/filmmaker and performer. Based in the hills of Arrowtown New Zealand he has been writing and making music for years and recently released 'Rhetorical What', his debut album.

The album challenges the norms of the Pop genre and features multiple artists from across the globe (Canada and Europe) and closer to home such as Sam's younger brother and frontman of Mild Orange, Josh Mehrtens.

Sam Wave and his full band can be caught live in 2020, Coronavirus permitting and in the meantime you can listen to more of his work on Spotify.



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