Databending is the art of using software to manipulate data which was not designed to manipulate that type of data. Some examples to help spur your imagination might be:
In order to understand the fundamental concepts of what is being done in the following experiments, you should be familiar with these concepts:
See the Technical Backgrounder for more information.
Throughout 2019 I experimented with databending. Here are some of my results:
Also check out my other bends for more examples and ideas.
And here are some links to other people who are doing cool databending and other binary-data experiments and projects! Respect!
My name is Mike Mallett and I started databending experiments in 2019. I had previously become interested in the idea of files as single integer numbers, such as in the case of so-called "Illegal Primes", and have written some small programs to help understand, review, and modify individual bits in a file.
The culmination of these experiments resulted in a form of stenography I call the "2-bit technique" and is explained in Experiment Four. An example of the two-bit mashup of image and audio is available here.
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