Pitch Pop


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*A soothing song reaches our ears
Somehow displacing all our fears
To soothe once more, as done for years
Music composed in fire’s spears

Pop loudly sings the melody
Voice shows in cinder’s arc we see
And though not always sung on key
Still rings with warmth and often glee

Sizzle plays from coals below
Like static on cheap radio
Where fire greets the pitch’s flow
Alights anew the fire’s glow

Hiss plays as from viper’s den
To warn the wild, the power of men
Hiss soothes the soul as fire’s zen
To keep men safe from wild again

Crackle is the drummer’s beat
To time the fire band it’s feat
With rhythms forged from fire’s heat
And make the fire’s band complete

Pop, Sizzle, Hiss, and Crackle clan
Together form the fire band
They never play a song that’s planned
Yet still a song we understand*

This fractal artwork was inspired by the music composed as a fire burns in the fireplace or around a campfire. It has always been a song of lulling warmth and comfort for myself, as with most other people. The notes of pop, sizzle, hiss, and crackle are arranged at random, so the song is always familiar, yet never the same twice. This is not to be confused with the sound of a wildfire, which is a completely different song than what I am representing in this artwork.

The instrument of the fire song is that of pitch, also known as sap. Pockets of pitch are heated by the fire until they expand under the pressure, and then release the pressure by exploding (pop), by bubbling pitch onto the coals (sizzle), releasing gases (hiss), or cracking apart the wood grain (crackle). When combined they play the music of the fire.

I imagine the music of fire is comforting to most, because it is ingrained in our genetic learning, tracing back to a time when we lived in the forest and caves, and fire would provide light, warmth, and safety from predators in the wild. Being one of the oldest forms of music, and all it has provided for us as a species over countless millennium, I thought it was worthy of a tribute artwork.

This was created in Apophysis. The original is 4800 × 4800 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. The fractal was created as a transparency, and then layered over a gradient background that was created in Photoshop. The fractal gradient was created with ApoMap, a gradient editor commonly used with Apophysis. All of the post processing (background gradient and layering only) was done in Photoshop. The actual fractal has not been post-processed at all, and is exactly as it was rendered. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a few detail cutaways below. The cutaways are at 50% of the full-size artwork.

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