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Databending (Example Page)

Databending is running (or bending) one file format through a different software system (an editor for a different media format than the original file) to create a digital artefact or artwork. For example, you can 'bend' an image file through an audio/sound editor to create aesthetic effects (e.g., applying reverb - a sound effect - to a visual image to produce a distortion, 'glitch', or transformation in the image file).

Databending is often linked to new forms of media creativity associated with Remix Culture and DIY Learning & Maker Culture.

A great Databending tool (and just a great free audio-editing tool) is Audacity. And this site will help you use it.


See Also: Data Moshing Circuit Bending Tutorial and Glitch Art and the History of Glitch [1]

Digital Literacies

Databending and Glitch Art are just two means by which learners can engage and create using new media - at the level of working with production tools like music, sound and image editors.

Just like working with WIKIs, databending can also introduce novice users to the 'esoteric' realm of basic coding practices, and to manipulating data at a fundamental level. Also, it is possible to create new art by bending traditional pictures and then, out of those elements, create gif. files or short video artefacts. There are countless Internet resources and support sites where you can seek out models, tips/tricks, FAQs, and How-To Tutorials.

Sample animation copy.gif

Musicians and Video Game Artists use similar methods, hacking (for example) a digital game engine to create an aesthetic 'mod', or artwork based on the hack or glitchification.

Glitch Music

Glitch Music is traditionally associated with electronic artists/composers like Aphex Twin, who interrupt/disrupt musical architectures and 'song' flow with frequent glitch effects. More recently, artists have begun creating music by databending sound files to generate novel works/bents variations.

Soundcloud Sample

Glitch Music

This new Glitch Music or Sound Design genre enables (new) technology users and learners to re/compose and create their own music, and to assert themselves as digital creators/producers as they engage multiple literacies in situated contexts: new media literacies, music/sound and visual literacies, technical literacies. These new practices are supported by social media websites, forums, and Communities of Practice, as well as by publication venues like Soundcloud (or community sites focusing on glitch aesthetics).

Glitch Art

You can find examples of Glitch Art/Project here: Glitch Art

Glitch art refers to artists using databending and datamoshing techniques to create digital artworks.

Artists like Andy Denzler have even borrowed databending techniques as a model for remediating traditional oil painting.

Look at source code to see how the image was sized to thumbnail and placed to the right inside this box




If you create a number of subheadings (i.e., use the Level 2 Heading Creator on your toolbar - which looks like a capital letter A) - then your wiki page will automatically generate a Contents Table ... see Table above.


To link to another entry/page within our Edu/Wiki, you simply find the existing term (e.g., Remix Culture) and then simply put the double brackets around the word: Remix Culture. You do NOT need to paste in a URL, simply use the brackets function (or you can click the Internal Link button on the toolbar, which will create the brackets for you). You can also create new wiki entries/pages from within any page in the site using the same Internal Links function.

HOW TO CREATES A CITATION/FOOT-NOTE: To encode a reference citation, see page source code. Or simply write your reference sans code.

The Sun is pretty big.[2] The Moon, however, is not so big.[3]

Click Here to Visit the FAQ on Adding Notes


  1. 1. Klee, M. (2015). 'The Long, Twisted History of Glitch Art, The Kernel, 3/2015. Retrieved from The Kernel June 22, 2015.
  2. E. Miller, The Sun, (New York: Academic Press, 2005), 23-5.
  3. R. Smith, "Size of the Moon", Scientific American, 46 (April 1978): 44-6.


Or you can simply write in the reference (sans notes codes). Don't forget to cite - and remix culture and read/write culture does NOT mean cut-and-paste (also known as plagiarism)

1. Klee, M. (2015). 'The Long, Twisted History of Glitch Art, The Kernel, 3/2015. Retrieved from The Kernel June 22, 2015

Assessment in Wikimedia Spaces

After composing or adding to a wiki entry, use the signature/timestamp feature on the toolbar.

See the example below.

--Kthumlert (talk) 11:14, 20 August 2016 (PDT)