Noise to work through

I thought I’d share a pairing of experiences that I’ve recently enjoyed combining during late night drawing, particularly when silence doesn’t cut it.

My friend, Sal Farina, has coded some neat visual toys for Mac OS X. He’s a real lover of textures and patterns.

Of those bits of code he’s written, my favorite is acid static. Once you download and install the application, acid static runs full screen behind all of your applications and on top of your desktop. Here’s a screenshot of how it transforms your screen. It’s truly a beautiful bit of cellular automata. (The gif doesn’t do it justice, as I had to reduce it down to 5 frames…)

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I combine Acid Static with Windy and Carl‘s 1997 recording Depths and I’m off to the races. I write daily comics, work out illustration compositions and in general doodle up a storm.

Here’s a recent bit of inks and watercolors:tubular-sketch

What kind of patterns (visual or auditory) get your mind reeling?

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