The videos presented on “Previously” were done using something called databending.

What is databending?

Databending is a process that goes to the core, some call it the “soul”, of a file and changes its “identity”.

For a computer, everything is “0”s and “1”s. This letters that you are reading at the this very moment are only “0”s and “1”s to the computer.

What databending allows you to do is to tell the computer that a given file is of another type thus forcing it to interpret it like, not what it was originally, but what you want it to be.

In the case of the videos on “Previously”, two sound files went through the databending process and were “transformed” – re-encoded is the correct term – into video files. Then they were re-encoded back into sound files.

The resulting video and audio, from this process, was then put together using a out-of-the-shelf video editing sequence.

The original sound files were field recordings.

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a C flat sound turned into an image using databending


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