The term databending is derived from the process of circuit bending, in which musical objects such as children’s toys, effects pedals and electronic keyboards are deliberately short circuited by bending the circuit board to produce erratic and spontaneous sounds. Like circuit bending, databending involves the (often unpredictable) alteration of its target’s behavior. Databending achieves this alteration by manipulating the information within a media file of a certain format, using software designed to edit files of a different format; distortions in the medium typically occur as a result.

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Many techniques exist, including the use of hex editors to manipulate certain components of a compression algorithm, to comparatively simple methods. One such method involves the addition of audio effects through audio editing software to distort raw data interpretations of image files. Some effects were observed by Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu of The Washington Post to produce optical analogues: adding an echo filter duplicated elements of a photo, and inversion contributed to the flipping over of an image. The similarities result from the waveforms corresponding with the layers of pixels in a linear fashion, ordered from top to bottom. Another method, dubbed “the WordPad effect”, uses the programs Paint and WordPad to manipulate images through converting the raw data to the Rich Text Format.

I have made for sale the following images – Naturally, they will be available as digital goods only. This is in-keeping with a ‘Digital Punk’ mind set. The ten images that you receive in the pack are viewable in the column on the right. You will need a digital photo frame to make best use of the images.

The download comprises of ten images and the images are 500 pixels per inch.


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