The above image is the result of a Processing sketch that takes an audio file, sorts its sample values, and visualizes the current and original position of each sample. At 44,100 samples per second, the above 10-second audio file has 441,000 arcs. Height and line color are proportionate to the distance the line travels, otherwise the image would basically be a big block.
Still in refinement, source code forthcoming…
Tauba Auerbach’s “Alphabetized Bible“, a regular Bible where the text has been sorted alphabetically. While Paddy Johnson may not like it, I see more of a relationship to long-form musical compositions like La Monte Young and imagine staging a reading could be amazing.
The front pages from 864 newspapers on June 27, 2011 – culled from the Newseum in Washington DC – with all pixels sorted by RGB values and recombined into an image.
Click on image for full-resolution file (approx. 12MB).
Front page of nytimes.com, with all pixel values sorted by HSB (hue, saturation, brightness).
White, this time. Sorted from longest in back to shortest in front.
Sorting from longest in back to shortest in front.
Same random line experiment as below, but sorting line by length from shortest (drawn first and thus in the background) to longest (drawn last and therefore in the front), creating a nice wreath-like form.