Monday, May 01, 2006

King Kong, Fugues & ASCII Rock,

From the Music Animation Machine, an interesting computerized representation of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor. Once it gets going, it's quite mesmorizing.

's Art Base is a treasure trove of new media merging art and technology. Most of these projects have websites that enable you to observe and often even participate in the art. For example, ASCII Rock brings classic rock videos to the tiny green screen. Legible Nature has videos merging text and nature. myMondrian generates a Mondrian styled image based upon personal data (my wife's data is pictured - I'm apparently rather dull as a Mondrian). I'm not going to pretend that I've scratched the surface of this 1600 project database. I'll definitely be wasting lots of time here in the weeks to come.

From the BBC, this "Senses Challenge" presents 20 questions based on classic optical illusions, such as the crooked room, as demonstrated by King Kong and Godzilla. After each question, the quiz explains why we have trouble unraveling the images.

Finally, Learn Out Loud released their most recent professionally narrated audiobook of the month, the Autobiography of Benjamin Frankin. Jon Bischke and gang continue to choose great classic and contemporary works for the series.