(Mandelbulber) The Randomized Nivana Thought Experiment

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Offline Tas_mania

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« on: January 13, 2019, 10:29:22 PM »
Thanks to the Mandelbulber developer community and Stephen Sink for his tutorial on keyframing 3D fractals. Buddhi and the team have developed an awesome application. In this video animated backgrounds were made with Gimp MathMap Composer. The fractal render took 12 hours on one computer. I then imported 4,000 PNGs with alpha backgrounds into Gimp. I hit a memory wall and had to split the render into 5 chunks. I used a random number generator to select 3 fractals from about 98 possible fractals to make a hybrid fractal in Mandelbulber. At the moment there are a possible 152,000 fractal combinations of 3 from 98 so I used the unix 'rand' utility to choose them. Amazingly this experiment worked for me so maybe it's an option for those of us who are a bit overwhelmed by the 3D fractal universe.

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 11:29:33 AM »
A lot of work has gone into this! :thumbs:
And  surprisingly to me (as detail-addict  ::) ) the little detail here generates a great 'alien' feel!
To thine own self be true

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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 06:26:49 PM »
That was very cool! You have a lot of interesting shapes going on there and morph us through them. I'm very glad my Keyframing in Mandelbulber tutorial was helpful to you. You seem to have got the basics down, and are rocking it out! Well done!

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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2019, 11:19:26 PM »
Thanks Sabine62 and Paigan0 for commenting. My experiment was to go with whatever the random number generator chose for the fractals. I can see why the 'purists' would not bother with an experiment like that.......art for robots made by robots  :fp: 

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 10:03:41 PM »
Purists  ::)  ;D

Sometimes you just gotta throw any old what together and see if it explodes! Randomly generated by robots or humans, who cares, I am all for experiments!  :thumbs:

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2019, 11:31:05 PM »
Hi Sabine62, I was using one of your fractals (Obelisk) as a desktop wall paper. I like the reflective material you used. I have noticed people start making fractals and stop doing other forms of art. That's not a bad thing and probably not even true.

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2019, 11:50:01 PM »
Re Obelix: Oh, I'm honoured, thank you!  :)
Fragmentarium can do great stuff  :yes:

And I used to paint, acrylics (horrible stuff, paint and paintings alike! ;D), and draw and also was pottering a bit with ceramics. All very messy, computers are so much cleaner ;) 

The great thing about fractals is that they can look really nice AND there's more to them (or at least there Can be more to them if you're willing to read and learn and read more and then realize that you would have Loved to have had a much much better education in maths and programming ;) ) than just sliding sliders and hitting buttons, for me that is the real reason I am totally hooked on them. Rehab is futile ;)

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« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 11:49:58 AM »
"realize that you would have Loved to have had a much much better education in maths and programming ;) ) than just sliding sliders and hitting buttons"That's a good comment. I should spend some time in the maths sub forums here and discover more. The other way of seeing it is 'the software is the means of expressing the ideas'.
This is a great time in fractal development because the artists are mostly feeding back to the developers who are also mostly artists.
Some of the numbers I really like:
0 because it doesn't exist
1 because the universe maybe a subset of it
3 because of an old book on numerology I read

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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 09:04:45 PM »
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the software is the means of expressing the ideas
Well said!  :yes:


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