Wednesday, November 9

MU # 3

Screenshot of the third MU file - Click to render


The third of what is beginning to look like a series wants you to use your browsers scroll button to interact with the Flash animation. There's one animation, consisting of about 40 screenshots from files in the Cathedral played in succession at 25 frames a second. I've used a free 24 hour trial period of the Browsercam service to generate the screenshots and run them through Flash a couple of times, each 'Flash run' consisting of importing the images and exporting them as gif sequences with degrading quality so you can use 'm for the next run. You can do the same with a Photoshop batch but doing it with Flash is faster...

Next i've pasted 63 copies of the anim to make for a nice 64 bit filmic experience you can play around with. You could see the same thing happening here as what was obvious in MU # 2 - one anim lagging behind the other - but here you can actually play around with your hardware's capability to remain in sync with what you want rendered to the screen. You can actually slow down the animation by moving the copies up-down very quickly.

The fun part is further fictionalised by the story below: The Mu Incident is a short poetic story that's part of the ever so slowly growing net-novel (nAârt-oldie would be a better term) Anke Veld. Here it becomes a representation of fictional Anke 'reading' the Cathedral. The story was written in an hour or so, perhaps i'll edit it some later but i like it as it is. Particularly the end.

When you click the final link, and then click the girl asking you to do so, you should be hearing François Couperin's 'Les Ombres Errantes' performed by Kenneth Gilbert after a while. Autumn all over.

Circumstantial & conceited, sure. The narrator in the story is a girl, of course.
I think her name will be Dido, keeping up the Virgil quote. I can hear her voice, allready.

Best love story ever written.

Book 4 of the Aeneid, that is.

Monday, November 7

Mu #2



Mu #2 further expands on the zen koan. This time i've gone a a bit into 3d, loading the graphics of the previous version into Maxon's Cinema 4DXL to build an animation reminiscent of the 9/11 disaster. It's not very political, though, i just use the event as an illustration of endowing timely constructs with illusions of grandeur and eternal power.

The animation consisting of two flash files comment on the fictional status of our assumptions due to the increasing potential of our hardware. The fastest computer on earth couldn't render these two anims without loss of speed in one of them, eventually. Moore's law of increasing processor speed applied a billion times would not change that essentially. It would change it as far as human perception goes, and beyond the limit of a machine's time of life, but the limit will always be there.

Mistaking the runtime of software for real time is one of the transcoding processes i see in the way human perception of reality is being changed by the allegory of computation. I feel it's rather dangerous to believe that if you can solve problems in a digitally simulated discrete universe, you can automatically apply those solutions to the real universe. It may work in some clearly isolated cases, but never 'automatically'. Not even if you build a new kind of science on the assumption that the real universe equals what you make of it.

Ofcourse the universe is what you make of it. But that sentence already contains two steps in time, one towards the fiction of being and one of representation. Both steps take time, changing the place radically.

The looping animations in Mu # 2 are of equal length. One contains the RGB channels of a Cinema 4D rendering, the other the alpha channel of the same file.

Things may be created equal, like we humans are supposed to be (not that anyone holding on to a scrapnel of power acts like we are). But they never last long enough for any being to catch up on them.