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The Elements Of Design by Patrick Butler

After the recent change in the interior design of the office Bitsphere pinned printouts of the two pdfs “Elements of Design” and “Principles of Design” by Patrick Butler at the pin-board. The documents are available for download at

The elements are not necessarily unknown in the art world as Bitsphere found them back in the photography book “Learning to see creatively” by Bryan Peterson. The principles apply not only to visual arts but are common in music and dance too. During the next few months the pdfs will stay pinned and there may be another post about the “Elements of Design” which are Line, Shape, Form, Colour, Value, Texture and Space.



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Oneminute Ups and Downs


As mentioned earlier this year Bitsphere participated again at the Oneminute contest in Aarau, Switzerland. Sad enough the programming had to be done in rather difficult personal circumstances so it is way not the best video and the jurors in Aarau shared this opinion by screening it off the contest. To see it olympic: there is a video in 2013 and it was screened at all:


Last years video was selected by for a screening in various museums in Benelux countries. It was part of a series of videos referencing to “rhytm” which was screened during August in unexpected places in some known houses. For those who have not seen the video yet here you find it again:

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QR code sonification video and sound file

bitsphere_microAs announced in January Bitsphere created another oneminute video. Other than planned earlier this year it is not an augmented reality video but a study of a QR code acting as a sequencer and visuals related to this topic. Lack of evidence in the earlier concept led to this change of concept. Sonification of a QR code was on Bitsphere’s wish list for a long time. As usual the video will be posted on the youtube channel as soon as the oneminute festival in Aarau is over.

In the meanwhile Bitsphere is very proud that the Amsterdam oneminute foundation accepted last year’s video for occasional use in various contexts. So far no screening seems planned but you will be kept up to date when this changes.

Furthermore there is an uploaded example of a QR sonification on soundcloud. The root is the micro QR code in the post header image you find at the top left of this post.  Thoughts on QR codes you may find here on this blog. As usual you are invited to leave a comment in the comment section!

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Bitsphere One Minute Video 2012

Once again Bitsphere wrote an animation video for the Oneminute video festival in Aarau, Switzerland. This years video consists of colors and music which change in an algorithmic pattern:

Bitsphere decided not to let the video run in the competition blocks, so it was screened only once in Aarau. If anyone knows about a one minute video festival anywhere else in the world, please drop a line so Bitsphere can send it there.

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Videos of old posts partly removed

In order to catch up with the new site design of Bitsphere has moved some videos from public to private access. This are some videos with little relevance outside this blog. However, two or three of the old posts from back in 2008 has no more access to the videos and are not displayed as intended then.

The relevance of the Bitsphere youtube channel on the other hand is more concentrated now and the youtube channel is more than a cloud storage for the Bitsphere videos.

Enjoy the public videos there or subscribe to the video channel!

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Oneminute Video 2011

This year Bitsphere participated for the third time at the Oneminute film festival in Aarau, Switzerland ( The video shown at the festival is the first video by Bitsphere done with a real cam. An augmented reality engine computes a virtual cube into the real video. The cube bounces off wooden tokens placed before the cameras lenses.

The application works in realtime. When a token is hit by the cube a sound is played out of a reservoir of one hundred sounds which are similar but not the same. So there is a big variety of sounds. To take the final video several takes were done since the application is not deterministic and behaves in different ways depending on the starting point and velocity of the cube and the position of the tokens in the field of view of the camera.

If you have questions, suggestions or something to say about this video or the application use the comment section below this post!

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Perception of the recorded own voice

To see photographs of one self is generally and obviously not displeasing. As seen by the many online albums people tags oneself or others with their name. In contrast, to hear recordings of own sounds, especially the own voice tends to put people to shame.

The cause of this difference may lay in the fact that people are used to see their own photographs since around a century but seldom hears their own voice recorded. The audio recorder is clearly a shorter time available to the masses. But lays the fact that we do not equally often record our own voices in this shorter time span? The reason we do much more photography than audio recording may be of more physiognomic nature: Humans are known for using their eyes as their first sense (clearly before any other), so their first interest if capturing lies in capturing the visual environment. Maybe with the availability of video for everyone this will change. In video vision and sound both are recorded.