Hacker extraorindaire Gijs Gieskes has turned your local web browser into an insane, glitched-out audiovisual instrument. He writes:

Here is a new project, it involves using webcrawlers to make live visuals with music.
<http://gieskes.nl/browserjockey/>. works quite o.k.
The music is some of my old recordings on mini disc’s i still had.. mostly 2000 till 2003 i think, its just to show the scripts in action.
Some more description is here <http://gieskes.nl/?archive=browser-jockey>

Flickr? YouTube? Explode?

If you could actually circuit-bend web browser code, the results might look something like this. Think of it as a software short-circuit. (The famous example of that in digital art history is, of course, the Jodi collective — who need some help with their Wikipedia page, if any budding digital art historians want to give them a well-deserved lift!)

Warning: the info page actually changes its own style, automatically. I thought I had lost my mind for a second.

By the way, if you’re going to be in Portugal in May, I’m luck enough to be part of a panel at the incredible OFFF festival of “post-digital creation.” The panel has an odd, odd name, but a nice lineup (think heterodox?):

There’s a new guy in town…The Nerdferences Panel at OFFF 2009!
OFFF 2009 will host for the first time the panel “Nerdferences”, where we’ll focus on D.I.Y. technologies and other hetedorox approaches to the media.

Concepts such as open software and hardware, circuitbending, control surfaces, hacks and cracks will be our guidelines.

For the moment, we can announce that brilliant guys like Eric Wilhelm, Peter Kirn or Gijs Gieskes (www.gieskes.nl) will be there to help us getting our nerdism out. And some more to come…stay tunned! This panel is curated and presented by our collegue Julià Carboneras.

  • http://www.antisound.net stk

    http://www.potatoland.org/shredder/shredder.html

    This got me into html hacking waaayback last century. I coded my own "tribute" version a while back.

    Not the same thing as your post, of course, but kindrid spirits.

  • http://www.miguelrafael.net miguel

    Finally something just arround the corner I'm sure to leave the house for this. A link to OFFF would have been nice, googling took me 15 seconds !! :)