This is not a literary work–forgive me–but I think you’ll like this 2007 piece. It’s a terrific interactive, generative visual and sonic art machine by Lia called I Said If. Click the black space. Adjust the controls at bottom. Or just let it do it’s very wonderful thing. Much more at liaworks.com
In addition to being beautiful to view, it’s an intriguing art machine. What do those controls at the bottom do? Well, discovering that–or not–is part of the intrigue.
This is done in Adobe Director. The core of the programming, I expect, uses what is called ‘imaging Lingo’, which is a handful of commands such as copyPixel, which I gather is now also available in Flash. These commands support the creation of bitmaps with granular control over opacity, shape, color, and masking. Coming to grips with ‘imaging Lingo’–and the Flash and Processing equivalents–is crucial to approaches to generative visual art.