March 5th, 2012
Not long ago, in an earlier post, I wrote about Borges’ “Library of Babel” and some of the mappings that can be applied or removed to reveal it as pure number. In Borges, the mapping applied is textual so that the numbers take on the appearance of the written word, manifested as books, but thinking of an earlier experiment, the so-called Transcendental (Number) Études, where a sequence of digits was turned into a song, I began considering the idea of the Library manifested as music.
It occurred to me that reversing the Borges mapping, or a longer one supporting whichever alphabet or map one chooses instead of the limited one of twenty-two letters, any arbitrary text could be turned into a number, and that number then turned into a melodic line. As a proof of concept, I mentioned this and put out a request for a sample text on Tumblr, to which Mister Chu replied with this fragment:
A bag is packed. The man being left tries to save himself by allowing his life to tumble across his lips. All of his stories fall out, irrelevancies, laundry lists and places to park on the Southside of Chicago. This is everything he thinks, so little.
He subsequently posted the full text here. From that, I produced a number (using a 29-member mapping, the twenty-six letters of the Roman alphabet, the space, period and comma), and converted that into the following melody. The tempo, pacing, accompaniment and performance are, as before, at will, while the melodic line itself is an exact mapping from the number.
June 13th, 2011
An animated exploration of a particular space-folding equation space; the whole is mathematically derived and driven.
The soundtrack is a small scoring exercise I composed and recorded some years back and chose to use here for flavoring.
May 5th, 2011
A second demonstration of the process of illustrating a dynamical system (you may see the first example here), this time set against Nine Inch Nails‘ “A Warm Place”.
April 13th, 2011
Branching out from the earlier works, such as δυναμικός, Explorations and Exploring Entropy, and inspired by the idea of Chladni patterns, I attempted to generate a animation of a dynamical system driven by audio. This piece is driven by Deerhunter‘s “Ghost Outfit”—the piece is brief and entropic, like the audio.
April 13th, 2011
A few earlier posts (δυναμικός, Explorations and Exploring Entropy) have shown the result of some of my animation work with making short films of the evolution of time-discrete phase planes. Those animations are the work of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual frames. I thought I’d offer a little something different this time, so here we have a video showing how a single frame is drawn. It is set against the background of the Nine Inch Nails‘ track “9 Ghosts I”, which, along with the day, inspired the title.
April 2nd, 2011
To answer a question, the background images, which change from time to time, result from my explorations of hexagonal “quilt” lattices as described in Golubitsky and Field’s Symmetry in Chaos: A Search for Pattern in Mathematics, Art, and Nature, Second Edition (cap. 6). As these are regular plane-filling tilings, they can be reduced to a small image of only the repeating part, which makes them rather ideal for background images, and their mathematical and programmatic underpinning makes them suitable for this site.
March 19th, 2011
In the style of the earlier works δυναμικός and Explorations, a new animation of a dynamical system, this time backed by the track “Leave Me Alone” from Apocalyptica‘s album Reflections: Revised.
March 5th, 2011
In the style of the earlier work δυναμικός, a new animation of a dynamical system, this time backed by the eighth track, “Another Rather Lovely Thing”, from the Nick Cave and Warren Ellis soundtrack to the film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.