Are You a Glitch Wizard? Huh? What’s a Glitch Wizard?

Glitch Wizard is a new iPhone app that lets you take your photos and turn them in to Glitch art. What is that you ask? It’s the aestheticization of digital or analog errors, such as artifacts and other “bugs”, by either corrupting digital code/data or by physically manipulating electronic devices. Here is one example where I took a photo and glitched it multiple times.


When I first heard the app title I wasn’t really sure what it meant until I checked it out on Wikipedia. I don’t think I’m young enough to hang with the glitch wizards. 🙂

Although I didn’t know what it meant, I played with the app a bit and really liked what I could create. I immediately thought of the opening credits of Homeland and how many ‘glitches’ were involved in the creation of it.

In the app you can apply glitch after glitch (there are many different types) as you build up a sequence. You can preview the animation at any time, and you see a little square preview of each shot in the sequence. If you don’t like a glitch you made you can drag the little square out of the sequence and it will be deleted. As you learn what the various glitches do it becomes easier and easier to get the overall effect you are looking for.

After you have created your animated sequence you can share it as an animated gif via email, save it to your iPhone as a movie, or share it on a social network.

It was easy to learn how to use it. Right now it is an iPhone app, but the developer is working on making this a Universal app. In some cases when I saved it to my camera roll (on the iPad) the movie would just be black, but the developer of the app is aware of the problem and is working on it. [Note: when sending the glitch art via email it did not exhibit this bug.]

So are you ready to create some crazy opening credits, or maybe just glitch a photo in a wizardly way? If you are up for the challenge go ahead and try it out. You can find out a lot more on the Glitch Wizard home page, or download the app on iTunes. Currently the app is just $1.

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