Sound Effects Create Bold Glitch Art Patterns

Daniel Temkin's <i>Glitchometry</i> uses sound to break down black shapes transforming them into bold graphics.

Glitch art comes in many shapes and sizes, from pillow covers to blankets—glitch artist Daniel Temkin has even used the style in a flip-flop design. But more recently his ongoing glitch art project Glitchometry has involved breaking down simple shapes using a sound editor to create bold graphics.

"I start with black squares, triangles, circles, and sometimes a series of stripes, applying sound effects to the images until they break down" he says. It's one of the many techniques he uses for an aesthetic that he's co-written a set of notes for published on the World Picture Journal, where he and and fellow author Hugh S. Manon aim to "define and theorize" what glitch art is.

With his Glitchometry series sound is used to create the disruptions, "Sound effects are added to individual color channels, as if they were sound, transforming the image." But chance also plays a role in the image's development. "Because the tool is used in an unconventional way, there is no immediate way to monitor the effect. The image manipulator has a sense of what each effect does, but no precise control over the result. It is a wrestling with the computer, the results of which are these images. As Curt Cloninger describes databending, 'like painting with a very blunt brush that has a mind of its own.'"

You can check out some of his recent images below and find more on his Tumblr which is updated daily.