Let's Glitch 2

An introduction to Glitch Art and the tools to make your own.


The original glitch innovators would open an image file with a sound editor like Audacity - or a text editor and either just hack bits out, or use audio effects like echo on the data. They created art that resembles what happens when technology goes wrong.

Glitch musicians slow down music you might hear in a mall and mix in samples to create slightly disturbing soundscapes peppered with familiar sounds.

Go listen to Wesley below explain it in detail and explore some the artists and musicians below.


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5 Artists Who Are Masters of Glitch Music

One of the strange aspects of technology, whether analogue or digital, is its tendency to glitch. The ghost in the machines, as it were. With music software in particular, glitch and error have become desirable ingredients in sound design and musical composition.
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25 Amazing Examples Of Glitch Typography

Here are 25 amazing examples of glitch typography that are based on the idea that making things go wrong can be fascinating in its own way.
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Creative Problem Creating: Jon Satrom


Jon is an artist who undermines interfaces, problematizes presets, and playfully bends data. He spends his days fixing things and making things work. He spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits.

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Understanding The Glitch Art Movement



Go and get a collection of maybe six images that you think might glitch well. Glitching is often a hard to control process, but interestingly, often different sorts of images such as high contract vs photographic have very different outcomes. 

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New York Library Digital Collections


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Rijksmuseum Image Collection

Fbulous collection of downloadable images


Now it's time to go make your own glitch pieces. 

You can use either the images you have downloaded or with Photomosh you can use your webcam, and also you can save as gif or web animations or as a still image.  I think the moving images work best.

Glitching can be a very hit and miss affair, so make you have lots of attempts. Good luck!

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Create GIFs and strange effects

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Make gifs and images with a heap of bizarre effects

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Glitch Visualizer


Drop .mp3s onto this and enjoy

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Lots of standalone image tools. I like the kaleidoscope one.

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Jpeg Glitch

Glitch your images into oblivion

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Turn an image into an audio file. What does a picture sound like?


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Wesley Explains Glitch Art

Youtube TedX talk from Wesley Thorp