Golden Record

Computational Approaches to Typography

14 Nov 2018

This week’s assignment was to create a work using dynamic Javascript. I used vanilla javascript to work more directly with the DOM.

I was inspired by the Voyager Golden Record. The records are phonograph records were launched into space in 1977 as a means to communicate life on Earth to extraterrestrial. I was curious how humans decided the best way to communicate with an unknown entity is through symbols, binary messages, sound waves, and scientific notation. I’m not quite convinced that this was the best way to communicate.

image of record

I tried to reproduce the cover of the record with dynamic javascript. I tried to use the canvas as little as possible, but I ended up using it for the pulsar map and the sound waves. At least I added to the canvas dynamically.

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