Having the audacity to databend images

Whilst I was researching about how to intentionally glitch digital images, I came across the term ‘databending’. Basically, this means opening a file in a piece of software which it wasn’t meant to be used for. For example, using Audacity, which is a sound editor, to open an image file, also known as misalignment.

First of all, I needed to convert my chosen image to a TIFF file, so that there was more data to play around with. After importing the image in Audacty as raw data, the file is converted into an audio wave form. Then I selected a section of the ‘audio’ to add an effect, such as echo and reverb. This then alters the data, which ultimately will distort and glitch the original image. 

Below are some of my experiments with data bending an image with Audacity.  

 Echo and reverb

Echo and reverb

 Wave form for the image above.

Wave form for the image above.

 Fade in and echo

Fade in and echo

Whilst in Audacity, it is impossible to know what the resulting image will look like, until it is exported and opened. This reminded me of the times when I would open my pack of photographs from Boots to see if the negatives from my camera film had developed corrrectly. Sometimes, the photos would be damaged by being double exposed or negatives overlapping. 

For my final assignment, I am going to explore the different audio effects further, using one image.