Art, music, and science. Featuring "I Can Drive 55!," innovative photographic interactive Mandelbrot/Julia fractals, classical guitar, ringtones, Markov analysis for ion channels, alternative clocks, and more. Presented by Christopher Nicolai.

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Photo Fractals

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Take pictures and make them into fractals. Tap, drag, pinch, and tilt to customize the Mandelbrot/Julia swirl function. Realtime WebGL fractal photography on your phone's graphics card. Might not work with older/slower phones.

Read more about how these fractals were developed.

Mandelbrot/Julia

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Tap, drag, pinch, and tilt to explore Mandelbrot and Julia fractals. Use photos as source material. Realtime WebGL fractals on your phone's graphics card.

Read more about how these fractals were developed.

Mandelic Spiral

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Usually, Mandelbrot graphics draw the complementary set--the points which escaped. This app shows some trajectories from the black zone inside the Mandelbrot set.

I Can Drive 55

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In the 80's, Sammy Hagar couldn't drive 55. If you can drive exactly 55 MPH, you'll hear him singing about it. Drive too slow or too fast, and the music will slow down or speed up.

I've been wanting something that can limit my speed, without staring at the speedometer or going to full cruise control. Mechanically, it would be called a governor. Read more about governors...

Beat Governor

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Sequencer and sampler with playback speed that's tied to your physical speed as reported by GPS. Great motivator for bicycling and running, or an alternative to the dashboard if you're driving blind.

I've been wanting something that can limit my speed, without staring at the speedometer or going to full cruise control. Mechanically, it would be called a governor. Read more about governors...

FMSynth

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Generates tones using frequency modulation. Requires an external MIDI keyboard, and Chrome (a browser with WebMIDI support). Use "control change" signals (e.g. from MIDI knobs) to adjust tone parameters.

PlayFast!

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Is there really a "Coltrane Fractal?" No, but I built this super fast and accurate sequencer to investigate the question.

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