Tuesday, June 01, 2004

a visual-musical instrument that's alife (sic) ????

Continuing on from my last post, I found this site and on first inspection it appears to just be another version of a visualiser. However, its creators believe it to be much more...

"Bomb is a visual-musical instrument. It uses alife, and is alife. It runs on your PC and produces animated organic graphics in response to the keyboard, audio music, or on its own. You can download it from this web site, and run it on your PC."

Essentially it is free software that the creators are encouraging users to use and contribute to, in the spirit of collaboration.

The manifesto of the people involved with this project is a bit too 'out there' for me, but it does fall within the realm of visual music that I am investigating.

"Bomb is a software system that produces visual music. It creates a video stream that is fluid, textured, rythmic, animated, and generally non-representational. It uses techniques of non-linear iterated systems, like video feedback, but implemented on an ordinary PC.

The result is a form of artificial life, or alife. The essential feature of life is creative expansion. When a seed develops it performs information decompression. In contrast to behavior that is static, repetitive, random, or predictable, life has the ability to keep doing new things. It maximizes how long you stare at it before you get bored. It cannot be quantified because random is a relative term; you can never be sure there isn't a message hidden in the noise."

The megolomaniacal creators of this software go on to hyperbolise how they have created life, simply by generating a positive feedback loop. I think they are loopy. Any ASIO/CIA/FBI key word search would send alarm bells ringing and warning lights flashing with terms and phrases like;

"Commandeering of matter by the spirit, and the origin of meaning"
"eschaton", which I had to look up and I assume comes from eschatology, which is...

# The branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind.

# A belief or a doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment.

This reeks of cult [just stare at the screen while we subliminally alter your consciousness], no thanks, I'm leaving this site before I get recruited.


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