How To Write a Trillion-Year Piece of Music

Allow me to introduce the polyprimiad, a musical form anyone can use to produce works that are extremely long and continuously varied. The principle behind it would work nicely as the stuff of a conceptual artwork, but I’d hate to see it limited to that.  I think it also has real aesthetic potential, even if…

All Griffonage That On Earth Doth Dwell

This is my hundredth post at Griffonage-Dot-Com, and to mark the occasion I’ve pulled together new examples of some favorite techniques and subjects showcased here in the past.  Think of it as a plate heaped up for you at the Griffonage Buffet and set down before you in place of the usual a la carte…

A Gallery of Averaged Newspaper Front Pages

Image averaging is a powerful tool for revealing patterns in large sets of visual data, and one subject to which I’ve been interested in applying it for a while is the newspaper front page.  Every newspaper has a layout that remains fairly consistent from day to day while simultaneously varying to accommodate whatever the day’s…

Griffoynich: A Real Cipher That Mimics Voynichese

The Voynich Manuscript has been called the world’s most mysterious book, and with good reason.  An illustrated codex written on vellum carbon-dated to the early fifteenth century, it contains page after page of text in a unique and unidentified script, provisionally called “Voynichese,” that has frustrated efforts at decipherment by seasoned cryptanalists for many decades. …