sketchbook on the book: Isaiah 40
A first and brief connection between chronotext and the Shrine of the Book led to the creation of this series of sketches during July 2005...

It was an excellent occasion to continue the metaphorical exploration started once (reading the Bible in context) and to practice with promising new technologies like JOGL (Java Bindings for OpenGL.)

technical requirements

  • • A fast computer (pc, mac or linux) with a decent graphics card (i.e. 3d acceleration) and up-to-date drivers.
  • • Java, version 1.4 or greater (installable from here...)

alternative view


related works


thanks to...

spiral landscape


Given a certain acquaintance with the Metaphysics of Spirals, it is possible to represent a landscape using one single continuous line...

The height coordinates for the terrain are generated in real-time using fractal noise which can produce a unique configuration for each "seed" number (e.g. 12345678 for the landscape represented here...)

control

Clicking on screen will change the "seed" number based on mouse coordinates, resulting in a new terrain generation.

topographic text


Naturally using the underlying spiral as a medium for the text: The Book of Isaiah, Chapter 40.

This book is the only Dead Sea Scroll found in its entirety and chapter 40 deals with the return of exile, from Babylon to Jerusalem, through the wilderness.

control

Clicking on screen will change the "seed" number based on mouse coordinates, resulting in a new terrain generation.

sliding text


Starting to look for readability solutions...

In this sketch, it is possible to read the whole chapter by positioning the camera at the zenith.

control

  • • Left mouse button + dragging: camera orientation.
  • • Right mouse button + dragging: camera zoom.

turn table


Here again, the key to readability involves camera manipulation. In addition, a manual rotation system with some high degree of inertia is incorporated...

control

  • • Left mouse button + dragging: camera orientation.
  • • Right mouse button + dragging: camera zoom.
  • • Left / right arrow keys: rotation of the system.
  • • Space key: stopping motion.

laser guided


The beginning of a decent solution for reading: camera smoothly following the spiral, perpendicularly to the topography...

control

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height variation


Playing with noise: here's what happens when the terrain's height factor is oscillating between two peak values...

control

Clicking on screen will change the "seed" number based on mouse coordinates, resulting in a new terrain generation.

straight in the desert


The final sketch of the series: full readability is reached while finalizing the metaphorical aspects...

control

  • • Left / right arrow keys: moving through the text.
  • • Top / bottom arrow keys: switching between verses.
  • • Space key: stopping motion.

attic (don't delete)

2 more sketches reflecting other directions approached during the research...

terrain sliding


Experimenting with other properties of noise: given a unique terrain, we're scrolling through in one direction indefinitely...

control

Clicking on screen will change the "seed" number based on mouse coordinates, resulting in a new terrain generation.

wave/terrain duality


Still scrolling through, but with a different visualization...

control

Clicking on screen will change the "seed" number based on mouse coordinates, resulting in a new terrain generation.

bibliography

copyright information

hebrew

Original text from the Bible obtained from mechon-mamre.org.

english

Revised Standard Version obtained from blueletterbible.org. The following header is required to be posted:

Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.

français

Bible de Louis Segond, 1910. D'après fr.wikipedia.org: Seule Bible en français dont le texte soit actuellement dans le domaine public.
© july 2005  ariel malka | chronotext.org