I recently came across an After Effects plugin named PixSort which creates a very cool and glitchy pixel drifting effect for videos and images. It was PC only at the time I found it, but I sent a quick tweet out to the plugin’s creator and he messaged me a day later saying he ported it. Whoa!
I’m still getting the hang of After Effects in general, but here’s my first experiment with PixelSort and one of my one tracks (which is a new song I wrote using my BitRanger synth).
What is “Pixel Sorting”?
Pixel Sorting is an algorithmic method of creating glitch art. The effect seems to grab pixel areas of a certain brightness or color, and drag them across the rest of the image. One of my favorite tools for creating pixel sorted glitch images is Pixel Drifter, which also allows you to export frames of the sorting as it happens, which makes for cool animations.
My friend Allan Lavell let me play with a new build of his Hyperspektiv app. Allan has made many cool visual apps like Glitch Wizard, but the newest build of his Hyperspektiv app allows you experience a real-time effect while keeping your iPhone in a simple plast headset. So of course yo-yoing in augmented reality was the first thing I tried.
Yo-yoing through an AR headset was crazy hard, but really fun. I wonder what it would be like to organize a booth at the World Yo-Yo Contest where players could experience something like this. It’s an outerbody experience. … →
I had a great time hanging out at the downtown Apple Store in San Francisco today, talking about experimental iPhone photography and apps. Thanks to everyone who came out. It’s kind of cool to think my weird little talk might be the last presentation they ever have in that store (the new shop is opening real soon).
As promised, I’m going to share the apps and my full slides from today’s talk for anyone to reference. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update the list: … →
I’ve just launched a new collaboration with the awesome folks over at Betabrand. It’s a houndstooth pattern that I glitched out using various databending techniques (JPG, PNG, and other sneaky tricks). The end result is large swatches of what I call Houndstoof Glitch fabric.
Thanks to Betabrand, these are now available as one of a kind shirts and dresses. Due to the glitch nature of the pattern, each item should a one of a kind piece. I highly recommend picking up one at the early bird pricing while it lasts. You can find them here.
And of course it’s also a great time to also pick up a set of my Betabrand Glitch Socks!