Everything is a system. Everything. You’re a system. I’m a system. The weather is a system. Speech, thoughts, dreams, design, art, inspiration, the ebb and flow of memories and emotions: All systems. Only… most of the dynamics and causalities are hidden. We just kind of ride the waves without seeing the infinite number of actions and reactions that caused them to be and to be the way they are.
I know, I know… we’re drifting dangerously close to Matrix cliche territory, so I’ll stop here.
But seriously, what if you could map complex multidimensional systems?
What would such maps look like?
What would they sound like? (Wrap your mind around that!)
Well, these guys kind of did that. The image up there, that’s 25% of my blog, mapped out from 0000 to 1111. At 100%, the thing looks like the most gorgeous little forest you’ve ever seen.
Like that was a surprise.
The skinny – in fancy-shmancy Matrix geektalk:
Tree accesses the source code of a web domain through it’s url and transforms the syntactic structure of the web site into a tree structure represented by an image. this image illustrates a tree with trunk, branches and ramifications.
first each tree is initialized, then all html links are detected, chronologically saved and finally displayed.the first tree corresponds to the domain; according to the syntax of the web site each further tree that builds up represents a sub page including all existing elements. the color of these trees reflects the color values of the domain and its sub pages.parallel to the graphic conversion, a permutation of the source code into midi data is generated analogous to the evolving trees, their branches and ramifications. any midi compatible hard- or software can be triggered by these midi data.
the structure of any url can be visualized and transformed into sound. the aesthetic is not arbitrary or accidental, rather each url/domain determines the variation of trees in form and color.
Mind-blowing? Kind of… But this thing is only scratching the surface.
PS: I’m out of town for a few days and I’m leaving the laptop at home. (Oh the horror!) So if I don’t comment on your blog, no worries. I’ll make it up to ya. And if you’re bored, read one of my old posts. I’m sure you’ve missed one or two good ones.