Fractal art
January 12, 2009 12:03 AM   Subscribe

40 fractals created with Apophysis, a freeware fractal flame generator.

For more fractal art, you can browse the extensive collections at deviantART, the source of all the images. mynameishalo and babymik, two of the more extensively sourced artists in the main link, are particularly worth a look, though all the artists are listed under their images. via Mathpuzzle.
posted by Upton O'Good (18 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Please have these cleaned up and brought to my tent, where I will mount them in turn.
posted by troy at 12:09 AM on January 12, 2009 [2 favorites]

Art that even math majors can do!

Seriously, though, these are pretty amazing. I was introduced to this art form last year by a friend, but hadn't seen anything besides her work (which is also very good) until now. Cool post!
posted by po at 12:14 AM on January 12, 2009

posted by greasepig at 12:21 AM on January 12, 2009

Reminds me of all the fun I used to have years ago with Kai's Power Tools FraxFlame plugin for photoshop.
posted by sambosambo at 2:06 AM on January 12, 2009

I remember playing with FractInt in the days of DOS, letting it run while I was away from the machine, doing other things.

Even now, when the compy's on without something to occupy its spare cycles, I feel like it's slacking.
posted by JHarris at 2:42 AM on January 12, 2009 [2 favorites]

These are absolutely beautiful. We have indeed come a long way since the days of Fractint and color-cycling the Mandelbrot set in your choice of rainbow gradients.

(One of the coolest things you could with Fractint was render a deep iteration in segments, which led to the creation in 1992 of an ad hoc server farm in my high school's computer lab. Fifteen 286es all chugging away during lunch periods. It was glorious, man.)
posted by Spatch at 6:03 AM on January 12, 2009 [1 favorite]

Wow, amazing graphs.

I just changed to Linux from Windows, so I was disappointed to see that Apophysis is a Windows program. But then I found this Java port, which seems to run ok...I'll continue checking it out.
posted by telstar at 6:33 AM on January 12, 2009 [1 favorite]

Have the police cracked down on raves so bad that they can't even mention dates and locations in their flyers anymore?
posted by Anything at 6:34 AM on January 12, 2009 [1 favorite]

I was going to say these don't look much like fractals or flames, but apparently fractal flames are non-linear iterated function systems with modified coloring.
posted by metaplectic at 7:16 AM on January 12, 2009

telstar: Apophysis runs in WINE, but the last time I tried the UI was too slow to use.
posted by ArgentCorvid at 7:21 AM on January 12, 2009

Fuck this noise. I want the ones that move. Someone please notify me immediately if you find this in motion.
posted by Freen at 7:39 AM on January 12, 2009

damnit, greasepig. stealin' my thunder.
posted by nosila at 7:53 AM on January 12, 2009

They don't all have to look like a 60's freakout, either.

Apophysis, and the underlying Flam3 Algorithm are easily adaptable to live music setups too if you have the horsepower. All of the above were generated by linking midi parameters to Apophysis parameters [via max/msp and Jitter], jamming while previewing a low-res [64x64 pixels projected on my wall to about 40in diagonal], saving the nice looking moments with f12 and then rendering offline later.
posted by phylum sinter at 9:03 AM on January 12, 2009 [2 favorites]

telestar, try checking out the Qt-based and linux-native qosmic, which is based on the same library.

(Mac users like myself can try Oxidizer.)
posted by jammer at 9:46 AM on January 12, 2009 [1 favorite]

I found this soothing video of a Mandelbrot set zoom on YouTube, while investigating why fractal flames differ from "regular" fractals.
posted by Harald74 at 1:15 PM on January 12, 2009

Awesome! I've even been to some of these places.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:03 PM on January 12, 2009

There are also fractal cats.
posted by empath at 5:57 PM on January 12, 2009

Man, this stuff puts my own fractal flame to shame. I guess I should put getting flam3 into Debian/Ubuntu on my eternally growing todo list.
posted by pwnguin at 1:29 AM on January 13, 2009

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