Interactive Generative Art

Evan Mullins points out: “The world has been excited by html5/css3 recently and has been pushing limits and experimenting. It’s been exciting and funny at the same time – most of the things that are amazing people in html5 experiments have been done 5 years ago in flash.”

And he has a series of very simple generative “art” apps coded in as few as 15 lines of Actionscript.

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Exotica Project

Dan Shiman has a radio show at KRTS public radio in Marfa, TX where he plays lots of obscure and forgotten 45s from the 50s and 60s. He runs a blog with lots of great tracks at officenaps.com

He keeps a subset of his collection at exoticaproject.com

“The index is a registry of exotica’s familiar cues: its Afro-Latin percussion, its jungle and Eastern themes, its flutes, vibraphones and bird calls. These are the cliches of the phenomenon. They might be considered prime indicators of exotica. Other cues – wordless vocals and tremolo guitar, for instance – are less of an exotica stereotype, though, and, interestingly, are hardly less prevalent. Each individual record’s character, too, assumes a certain shape in terms of its instrumental and aesthetic constituents.

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The Last Ringbearer

In the 90s, Russian scientist Kirill Yeskov began to write a story based on the following premise: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is based on real events. Just as history over time becomes myth, the fantastic elements in LotR can be seen as metaphors for the social dynamics of the time (the year 3019 of the 3rd age).

The story is from Sauron’s perspective and Mordor is a haven for the ugly and the deformed. The evil west depicts these poor creatures as hideous monsters and uses that as justification for an unwarranted invasion.

The book was published in Russia in 1999 and recently Yisroel Markov translated the book into English and you can download the PDF.

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