Opacity of the Code (study2)

Patrick Lichty [concept/auralization]
Michael Takeo Magruder [concept/visualization]

composed: 03.2004
required plugins: Flash6+ and Koan8.1+

Notes on Study2


This study is a representative construction which has been created manually to demonstrate the aesthetic qualities of its proposed dynamic form. Study2 consists of 25 text strings parsed from news articles on 23/03/2004 from www.bbc.co.uk which have been transcribed by a data matrix label servlet into bitmaps. These images are completely lossless in nature and can be reverse engineered to the original passages. The resulting image library is the exclusive source material used in the formulation of the study.

For the resolved composition, the source images will reside on the server and will be created though direct spectator interaction. There will be an online encoding interface through which users can input passages of text which will then be encoded by the data matrix servlet and added to the image library in real-time.


For the audio component of this study, components of the processed database have been filtered and used as parameters for the Koan-based sonic composition. This information generates note events, filter parameters, arpeggios, etc. The goal of the audio component is to provide a sonic realization of the various patterns as well as the changing nature of the database over time.


The visual element of Study2 is generated through Flash by sequencing the bitmap library into a video-esque image field which evolves at 10fps. In the final construct, Actionscript will be utilized to dynamically import images from the expanding server-side library, thus creating a morphing video field with an infinite number of permutations.

Example - Text to Image Translation

Sample Text Excerpt:

US officials face 911 inquiry The independent US commission looking into the 11 September 2001 attacks on America has begun hearing evidence on the risk that alQaeda posed The current and former secretaries of state and defence are testifying The first witness former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright began by outlining US efforts to neutralise alQaeda leader Osama Bin Laden The hearings come after exWhite House counterterrorism aide Richard Clarke criticised the Bush policy on terror He accused it of ignoring the threat from alQaeda concentrating instead on Iraq Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell will defend the current administration against the wider charge that it simply did not take alQaeda seriously enough says the BBCs Justin Webb in Washington I think the president ignored terrorism prior to 11 September Richard Clarke Newsnight interviews Richard Clarke Mr Clarke is due to testify before the commission on Wednesday White House spokesman Scott McClellan has accused Mr Clarke of political opportunism ahead of Novembers presidential poll Vice President Dick Cheney said that Mr Clarke who served under four US presidents clearly missed a lot of what was going on during his time at the White House He also questioned Mr Clarkes effectiveness in running antiterrorism efforts citing the attacks on the US embassies in East Africa in 1998 and other incidents Bin Laden chase This is the eighth public hearing held by the bipartisan commission established in 2002 ISSUES FOR COMMISSION Congressional oversight and state of aviation security Terrorism alQaeda and the Muslim world Intelligence warnings against transnational threats Emergency preparedness Security and liberty Border and aviation security The hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday are on the formulation and conduct of US counterterrorism policy with particular emphasis on the period from the August 1998 embassy bombings [in Kenya and Tanzania] to September 11 2001 Mrs Albright said the day of the embassy bombings had been the worst during her time in office and days after learning that alQaeda had been behind the attacks President Bill Clinton had authorised military action In her advice for the current administration she said alQaeda was not a military organisation it was an ideology that needed to be fought Commission chairman Thomas Kean said he regretted that National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice had declined to give evidence But they had had extensive private meetings with Ms Rice who had been cooperative he said Former Defence Secretary William Cohen will also be testifying on Tuesday Mr Clintons National Security Adviser Sandy Berger will also testify on Wednesday Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet will speak on Wednesday A commission statement read before evidence was heard focused on US diplomatic efforts during the Clinton presidency to track down Osama Bin Laden and bring him to the US to face trial But the Bush administration had developed no diplomatic initiatives to deal with alQaeda the statement said

Resulting Encoded Raw Image File: