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On the light stripped back to its core

Hi Mark,

Your experimental poem in images, the light stripped back to its core, inspired me to compose some music so to speak.

I began by importing each of your images into Audacity as Raw Data, one image per track.

Light Stripped Back - The Audio

Light Stripped Back – The Audio

I then exported the composite out to .raw format (without adding any effects or adjustments), and experimented with various Byte per Pixel constructions and RGB arrangements until I had a couple of pleasing results in .bmp format. Then I went back to Audacity and did basically the same thing over and over except I rotated the images into different orientations before importing them to see what would happen.

I was surprised to learn that a single image can be listened to 36 000 different ways: rotated 0.01° right, 0.02° right, 0.03°… through 360°. For a three image recording that would be 36 000³, or 46 656 x 10⁹ ways to listen. Needless to say I didn’t muck around with all those fine details but went straight to the extremes with my experimentation: 45°, 90°, 135° etc. The resulting sound files were actually quite pleasant to listen to. A bit like a helicopter passing through a muffler.

After much fiddling and occasional visits to the hex editor to reconstruct bitmap headers or push pixels across the colour map, I had a series of three images to respond to you with. But then I thought, what if I put those three back into Audacity and export them back out again? So I did. And now I have four images to respond with!

Thanks for the materials and inspiration, Mark. I hope you find the results not only as aesthetically pleasing as I have, but also that the process reflects a kind of thematically responsive philosophy – On the light stripped back to its core.