These images were made using the program ‘Audacity’, usually an audio editing program, in a process known as ‘Databending’ that takes the image down to it’s raw data which allows it to be read as an audio file, before putting it back together again after using a technique for editing audio.



Barbican 17 g7

Here is a little guide to creating glitch images in audacity:

This next set of images was created using a technique known as ‘Pixel Sorting’ in a program called Processing that essentially runs a javascript on an image.

barbican 16 .5

Coincidentally, the artist Gordon Cheung had two pieces that used pixel sorting in the RA Summer Exhibition.

An artist I found when researching pixel sorting, who seems to be the king of the medium so far is Kim Asendorf. Here is an image from his ‘Mountain Tour’ series in 2010.

Kim Asendorf - Berge 8 (From Mountain Tour) - 2010
Kim Asendorf – Berge 8 (From Mountain Tour) – 2010

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  1. Hi Robin,

    Very much enjoying the experiments with the glitch (thanks for the very useful “How to” info) Although I only came across Minecraft recently, there’s something about it’s pixcelated, blocky and expansive landscapes that I find fascinating and absorbing.


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