Journey into Bubbles!
There's an odd render setting in Sterlingware 1.7 and 2.0 called "27. gaussian sine dimension 9". It's not terribly interesting...
Unless you just happen to be in the mood for twisting dials. It seems that at the default setting of 30 iterations all you get are some dull swirly things. But when you lower the iterations to 10, then you get these circular, radial wave, glass-like patterns.
It just goes to show that you haven't really seen everything until you've really seen everything.
After that it's a matter of playing around with the color controls to get something half-decent looking. Once again, we have to depart from the default settings, that cow-path of creativity that leads to barren pastures and stuff you don't want to step in.
Low color numbers look good, but the higher ones aren't bad. The intense radial pattern tends to turn into dust if there are too many steps from the higher numbers.
It's all a good example of how algorithmic art, as a creative pursuit, can work. You change variables and see what happens and keep at it until you find a setting that looks interesting and then you try as many formula variations as you can to see if it makes something of it. You adjust the machine.
I'm not really sure these images are best described as fractal even thought they are implementations of a fractal formula; they seem more disorganized and more a product of the rendering method's style than anything resembling a formula.
Sometimes I see something Kandinsky-like in the circles and clusters of circles.
There's a printed quality to the imagery, but it's the areas of complexity where the patterns collide that's most interesting.
Sometimes I think that all the program is really doing is just mixing up a lot of circles and randomly pouring them out onto the screen.
The radial patterns, especially when they intersect, resemble 2D atomic drawings of molecules.
It's one of the simplest and yet also the most creative aspects of Sterlingware.
In the end it's all imagery and the labels are as remote and meaningless as the detailed ingredients on the side of a chocolate bar.