01 22 (OVER S∞∞N) - A Portrait of Bon Iver's song.

01 22 (OVER S∞∞N) - A Portrait of Bon Iver's song.

My fiancé (oh yeah, thats a thing now) bought me two presents for my birthday. I got to open them early. One of them is Bon Iver's newest album "22 a million" which is just outstanding. The other is Bahamas is Afie, which came out years ago but I've been waiting till I could buy it before listening because I'm a fanboy of his.

As you may know I've been really delving into javascript, glitch art, data bending and more digital forms of creation vs. analogue forms or mediums. It's less expensive, more fun and allows for a greater visual understanding of the medium in certain forms once you know what you're doing- which I certainly don't as of yet.

One popular form of glitch art is glitched songs. There are many ways to process your favorite songs into weird glitchy sounding things, but one that interests me the most has a very "visual" element to it. It involves changing the file extension of an audio file to a RAW format which allows you to see the raw 1's & 0's of the file via a bunch of gray, black and white pixels. You then open that file in photoshop, toy with the file as if it were a standard static image, then save the file back into a playable audio format.

What really caught my attention with this specific processing method however, is the part in between. When the file is in a RAW format and viewable as a static image, it seems that every song has it's own unique finger print as it were. Above is the song 01 22 (OVER S∞∞N) from the aforementioned Bon Iver album. Below you'll see the next track 02 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄

 02 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ - another Bon Iver track

02 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ - another Bon Iver track

As you can see, comparing the two at a macro level reveals some obvious differences and patterns within the two. Where it gets really interesting though, is that more patterns are revealed as the images are zoomed in on.

Anyway, don't know if this will go anywhere, but I plan on at least turning this album into a gallery of images and posting them on the stills part of my website. So keep an eye out.