Archive for ‘Art’ Category

Microcontroller Madness…..

datePosted on 11:26, July 22nd, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Not sure if this madness will be the next big thing for the Demo Scene, but it sure is nice to see some the younger generation using their talents to come up with these circuits. In the old days — yeah I’m gonna date myself now — I used to do Demo programming on the C-64 and the Amiga 1000 later on, we had dedicated processors and although we did some heavy duty low-level programming, it wasn’t too bad.

The stuff that Linus Akesson and his buddies have come up with are actually brilliant in that they are very analog in nature. Don’t get me wrong, it is a micro doing all that, but the thought process behind the algorithm is very analog… is a excerpt of what it all entails:

One display line takes 24 μs, and is followed by a 7.75 μs break called the horizontal blanking period. After 480 such lines, there’s a longer break (1428.75 μs, equal to 45 full display lines) before it all starts over. Two digital signals are used to synchronize the sender (graphics card, custom demo hardware etc.) and the receiver (monitor).
[…]Sound is generated during the horizontal blanking periods. That gives a sample rate of 31496 kHz. Of course, only the really timing critical part (waveform generation) is performed during the horizontal blanking. Melody, rhythm, amplitude envelopes, arpeggios etc. are handled by a playroutine which gets called once for every video frame, during vertical blanking.

Have a peek at the video…..It’s mind blowing :-)

Head over to and try your hand at creating a work of art using only words. It’s fun and if you’re lucky will only entertain you for a couple of hours (not days). Now back to WRDL for more ANMTD WRD PLY FN.

Styrobot….Something creative my mind never came up with

datePosted on 15:12, June 26th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Yeah, now I know what I am gonna do with the packing foam that comes with the purchase of our next 50 Dell Servers. Michael Salter’s creations can be viewed at San Jose Museum of Art, Robots:Evolution of a Cultural Icon, up thru 10/08. Totally cool and creative. Definitely one for the “I wish I’d thought of that” category :-). You can also watch Michael build the behemoth from the ground up below.

giant styrobot from michael salter on Vimeo.

Stop Motion Graffiti

datePosted on 14:13, May 14th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

MOTU–It’s simply stunning….Here is the non-embed link. Lots more background info on the production here.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Expo Galore……

datePosted on 18:21, April 26th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Browsing through Flickr sets I came across ninecormorants sets from Montreal Expo 1967 and New York Expo 1964. Believe it or not these photos were found on the street in Cambridge, MA. They were originally glued onto scrapbook sheets. They are all originals and as far as he can tell were taken by Lillian Seymour. Very vintage and a great visual story.

Picture book on the web

datePosted on 11:29, April 26th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Well earlier today I “found” and I have to say, it’s imagery heaven.

FFFFOUND! is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user’s tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!

FFFFOUND! has an almost analog feel that tends to suck you in, so be careful, FFFFOUND! will pretty much take over your browsing life with mind-altering art and design images.

Free Power…..

datePosted on 15:55, February 27th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Okay so it’s not totally free. Follow this link to Richard Boxes website where he documents how he powered up 1301 florescent lamps without plugging them in. You see he used the electromagnetic field generated by the powerlines overhead to get the lamps to glow.

Image Slicing and Stretching….

datePosted on 04:19, August 23rd, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Found this while having a beer in Stuttgart, Germany. Video of the excellent paper presented by Shai Avidan from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) and Ariel Shamir
from The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)/Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL).

From their excellent Paper titled Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing:

Seam carving is a method for content-aware resizing that changes the size of an image according to its content. This paper shows applications to aspect-ratio change, image retargeting, and object removal.

More info on the technique can be found in this PDF file.

Do you dare trust a machine…..

datePosted on 15:24, August 12th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

The people over at 5VoltCore have put together a PD installation that really tests your courage and trust in machines. The installation sets up a feedback loop between computer, robot and the user. The user is right in assuming that the machine can fail, the machine can fail because the user assumes.

Let me explain, it all starts with a PD patch that controls a knife held by a robot that will try to hit the space in between the users fingers. Once the user places his/her hand under the robot, the program takes over and the knife movements slowly speed up. At this point the user will either trust the machine or they will get nervous and start sweating. The sweating will then trigger a series of short circuits inside the computer that will cause the knife to move in a more erratic manner. The question is, will the user manage to hold still and not break into a sweat as the machine is doing it’s thing. Pretty scary stuff…….

Gravity Music….

datePosted on 16:00, July 25th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

This is gotta be one of the coolest generative music projects. Make sure your browser has a working version of Java. Have fun and please don’t complain when you find out you’ve waisted your entire day at this site…….