What a match-up this is!
It’s funny the things you happen across online. I’ve been editing audio with Audacity for many years, but never thought I’d be using it to make visual art. Turns out you can! If you’re able to convert images to Raw format, then you can load these into Audacity and be presented with the ‘sound’ of your art to bend and break in any way you should desire. Export it, and marvel at the glitchy results. There’s really not much more to it than that; the full walkthrough can be found here.
Wanting to jump right into such an experiment, I turned to a drawing of legendary wrestling tag team The Road Warriors that has been laying around for several months. It’s not very good – which explains why it was never posted until now – so I thought it a worthy candidate for ‘glitching up’. It might even improve along the way.
Here is just a selection of the results, purely made in Audacity. I actually ended up producing about seventy pieces in total, for it was quite addictive, and somehow felt more organic than Photoshop; perhaps it was because I wasn’t seeing the results before exporting. I’m sure someone paying more attention to the various tools and their corresponding visual effects could create something exciting with this.
And here’s a second batch, with a little help from dear old Photoshop, though really only for adjusting hues and contrast:
I daresay those are all more interesting than the original drawing. I actually quite like the texture of the pinkish one, it seems to suit them, so this process has already proven worthwhile.
The Road Warriors are featured characters in a brand new retro wrestling game, y’know. It’s coming out early next year. Should be good…