Multilayered Holographic Composite, 59 Samples

Composites, Linguistic Deconstruction

Another iteration of the Multilayered Holographic Composite, with help from my Graphic Design intro class at NHIA:


It’s starting to coalesce around the basic letterforms, although “Multilayered” is fuzzier than the other words because there’s a much larger spread of word lengths between different handwriting styles.

If you’d like to be included, please, feel free!


Multilayered Holographic Composite – And You’re Invited!

Composites, Linguistic Deconstruction

Another composite project, and this one with an interactive component! I decided to do a composite of handwriting samples, and got my summer school class and the regular attendees at the Bow & Arrow’s Open Press Night to supply the first round. I prepared a standard sampling sheet and had everyone write “Multilayered Holographic Composite” in standard black Sharpie. This is what 20 handwriting samples look like squished together:


I would like to extend an invitation to all denizens of the Interwebs to be part of this interesting process! Simply download the instructions and sample sheet here, follow the directions, and viola! Internet celebrity awaits. I will repeat the instructions here:

1. Print the second page of this PDF. Try not to scale the PDF when printing; i.e. turn off “Fit to Page”.

2. Obtain standard black fine-point Sharpie.

3. Write “Multilayered Holographic Composite” in the three boxes provided, one word per box. See above example. You may write it any way you desire.

4A. Scan page at 600 dpi, grayscale, include the four little dots. Email for Dropbox access.

— OR —

4B. Mail page to:

Holographic Composite
c/o Mindhue Studio

17 Wheeler Ave #2
Medford, MA 02155

5. Wipe hands on pants.

More Audio Data

Data Representation, Linguistic Deconstruction

A continuation of the digital audio portrait I mentioned last month, I have generated a piece I call Samples in Waveform. It consists of approximately 47,500 raw sample values taken from a 48KHz/16-bit recording of my name, printed out on 40 72″ x 36″ pages. Each sample value prints on the page at a vertical location dependent on its value. Over the course of the entire printout, the sample values trace out the shape of the waveform recorded:

Samples in Waveform Page 4

"Samples in Waveform", Page 4. This would be approximately 0.1 of a second into the recording

Samples in Waveform Detail

"Samples in Waveform" detail, from the beginning of page 4. The image has been turned 90 degrees for clarity.

Rolling in Audio Data

Data Representation, Linguistic Deconstruction

Well, you never know what’s gonna jump out and hit you next. I started a project based on a 1-second recording of my name about two years ago. After some messing around with stuff, I decided I hated where it was going and set it aside. Well, about a week ago I started thinking about it again, and suddenly new ideas just started popping. Here’s one of them: a 24″x36″ array of every single sample signal in the 8-bit, 6KHz recording of my name.


The upper-left 8" x 6" stretch of a poster of the sample strengths of a one-second recording of me saying "Louis Theodore Ollier"

More to come soon!