What Androids Dream No. 162

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Visual Music Series No. 4

Snarfgoogle was the first to provide a solution to Horace’s problem. He pinpointed the flasicles that we’re mopping the glisheys. Why not interpolate the flasicles with a dolphin brain scan he murbled.

Horace jumped at the chawncey and flipped a recording of the previous session through the … (read more)

Visual Music Series No. 4

Snarfgoogle was the first to provide a solution to Horace’s problem. He pinpointed the flasicles that we’re mopping the glisheys. Why not interpolate the flasicles with a dolphin brain scan he murbled.

Horace jumped at the chawncey and flipped a recording of the previous session through the mawpsey of the dolphin scan. The results were quite merkle so he decided to interface with the vorkenschpiel again.

It was better. At first the visuals and music were all glitchey and garmbol. It was a virtual tornado of glitchey garmbols. Horace loved it. Images and tunes would pop out of the glitchey tornado, but there was no understandable continuity threading through the whole glawpsey. It was better, but not quite there yet. Back to the drawing board.


Afterwords

This series is a visualization of the not-so-distant future when the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology and artificial intelligence give mankind complete control of matter. What then? Perhaps art will be our sole occupation.

Notes:

Formatted for 8K UHD screens,
the What Androids Dream series was created by collaborating with the artificial intelligence at the heart of the DeepDream project. I input some of my completely abstract images to the software to see what patterns the AI would find in them. The results are the series that I call What Androids Dream. A sort of homage to Philip K Dick, the series anticipates the coming Singularity when even artists may be superseded by machine superintelligence.

Just as photography inspired the cubists and abstract expressionists, what will art generating, super intelligent machines inspire? Perhaps a collaboration between man and machine to find that perfect image?

I find the alien creatures that the AI “finds” to be strangely endearing, like the “hopeful monsters” of the Cambrian explosion — perhaps even an electric sheep or two for Philip K Dick’s android’s private amusement. For me, the images create a mental atmosphere of sci-fi, psychedelic surrealism filled with strange, dreamlike stories.

There seem to be many stories going on in each image — stories that are private and unique to each viewer, stories that are unique to each viewing.


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Comments

Godfrey Meyer
2019/10/11

Awesome work man!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/10/11

Thanks, Godfrey!

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Indrani Mitra
2019/09/21

Love this one .. just imagine where images and tumes pop out of a song of glitchy tornado.. yes he needs to go back to the drawing board.. ..this is an amazing series.. the whole set played with the story would be mind blowing ..so much imagination !

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/09/21

Thank you so much, Indrani. So great to hear your encouraging words!

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Skeenee
2019/09/20

Really interesting work, and I am a big fan of Philip K Dick. I started experimenting with an AI image generator too, what program are u using?

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/09/20

Thank you, Skeenee. It’s always nice to meet another PKD fan. He was so prescient. I use a lot of Topaz plugins including Topaz AI Remix. Another one that I like is the web based DeepDream software which is free. There is a great DeepDream group on Facebook where artists are creating beautiful, beautiful art with the software.

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It happens to me whenever I look at your creations. It is to open them and contemplate them because it is so much what one finds that time is needed. A delicate filigree where images emerge intriguing. The story is captivating as it always happens to me as a spectator and admirer.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/09/20

Thank you so much, Norma! That’s very encouraging as it’s precisely what I am trying to achieve.

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MJ Moonbow
2019/09/19

The glitches probably resulting from the different speed of accoustic waves in air and water.
It should also depend on the length of the frequencies. I think adding an albatross brain would even improve the quality of image and sound!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/09/19

Thanks, MJ. I’ll see if I can find an albatross brain to scan. Perhaps that will fix things right up. 😊

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Kristoffer Hyde
(owner)
2019/09/19

wonderful work Mike, big time relation+fan to the story you've been weaving with your pieces. On first glance I always seem to see an orangutan as the central. Second glance i notice more intricate details, specifically that nano-tech city in the back with structures that remind me of what they put in missile heads, that glass ball chain sequence.

Quality stuff💪

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/09/19

Thanks, Kristoffer. I’ve been trying to leave the story line open enough for people to come up with their own stories. Thanks for the great comment and insights.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/09/23

Hi, Kristoffer. You had the first quality comment on my week 4 entry and I would like to gift you an edition. Would you send me either your email address or wallet address to mikyob@gmail.com for me to transfer it to? Thanks, Mike

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