An Harmonograph to speak about Classical Intelligence – ZAMM

I’ve just stumbled into this cool article from and it immediately reminded me of some of the first generative graphics that the man created, thanks to the Harmonograph.

As Wikipedia states:

A harmonograph is a mechanical apparatus that employs pendulums to create a geometric image.

What you can see in the second video is in fact a new application of this old concept.
Personally, I find this art style quite unique and beautiful.. inside me it triggers what R. Pirsig would define the “classical intelligence”, which finds beauty inside schemes, circuits and math formulas.
Pirsig says that in most people we do not find both the Classical and Romantic approach to life, instead, they’re often split, and that’s why many people find motorcycle maintenance boring and others are not able to have a consistent talk about art.
Many of us cannot find the balance between nerdy coding and whimsical paintings.
I am almost sure that half of the people (eventually) reading this will find that coding cannot be artistic at all. And won’t find math or coding or reading technical manuals of any interest.
On the other side, many people simple do not understand art.
They suffer from squareness, as Pirsig calls it:

an inability to see quality before it’s been intellectually defined.

If they cannot explain it or make a flow chart about it or draw a Venn diagram to illustrate it, they simply won’t feel anything.
From my point of view, I feel very sorry that artsy people cannot view the world with the lens of an engineer.
And that my engineer friends cannot pick up good songs at the radio.
In my opinion, both worlds offer something beautiful, and, at the end,

“The Buddha, the Godhead, resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of the mountain, or in the petals of a flower. To think otherwise is to demean the Buddha – which is to demean oneself.”

Basic Homemade Harmonograph

Lp Records set to draw

ZAMM stands for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a great philosophical book from master R. M. Pirsig.

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