Unknown Pleasures Album Cover Gif Generator
October 7, 2016 4:25 PM   Subscribe

This is effing awesome.
posted by brevator at 4:56 PM on October 7, 2016

Now I'll go put the vinyl on my turntable and enjoy, once again.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:05 PM on October 7, 2016

Well, actually, to get the proper "mountainous" look, when lower lines cross lines above them the upper lines ought to be obscured. Also, since the original graphic is a plot of the periodic signal from the first pulsar ever discovered, the left and right extremities of each line should be constrained to be undeflected (or nearly so) so the peaks are roughly lined up in the middle.

posted by The Tensor at 6:36 PM on October 7, 2016 [11 favorites]

As a pulsar astronomer who uses Arecibo, I'm contractually obliged to mention that the original Joy Division cover features pulsar data acquired at the Arecibo radio telescope by Hal Craft. Here's the definitive deep dive on the story by Jen Christiansen, featuring Hal Craft's thesis, the rare books collection at Cornell, and other fun stuff.

Sorry, that has very little to do with this marvelous project. But like I said, it's in my contract.
posted by RedOrGreen at 8:50 PM on October 7, 2016 [10 favorites]

Thanks for being the cranky hater so I didn't have to, The Tensor.
posted by scose at 11:26 PM on October 7, 2016 [1 favorite]

Okay, y'all answers make much more sense, because a graphic very, very similar to this is in the background of the original Alien, and I'd always wondered why.
posted by FirstMateKate at 12:29 PM on October 8, 2016

Neat, but an AI-devised Scorpions album cover generator would be more appropriate for our troubled times.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 1:13 PM on October 8, 2016 [2 favorites]

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