--Francis Bacon, 1625
I said, 'What do you want to play?' Sonny says, 'Let's play 'Cherokee.'' That's a song jazz musicians used to play. The bridge, which is the middle part, has all kinds of chord changes in it. It's very difficult. If you can play that . . . If some kid came around, and he wanted to play, you'd say 'Let's play 'Cherokee,'' and you'd count it off real fast. I said, 'Well, beat it off.' He went, 'One-two, one-two;' he was flying. He played, I don't know, about forty choruses. He played for an hour maybe, did everything that could be done on a saxophone, everything you could play, as much as Charlie Parker could have played if he'd been there. Then he stopped. And he looked at me. Gave me one of those looks, 'All right, suckah, your turn.' And it's MY job; it's MY gig. I was strung out. I was hooked. I was drunk. I was having a hassle with my wife, Diane, who'd threatened to kill herself in our hotel room next door. I had marks on my arm. I thought there were narcs in the club, and I all of a sudden realized that it was ME. He'd done all those things, and now I had to put up or shut up or get off or forget it or quit or kill myself or do SOMETHING.
I forgot everything, and everything came out. I played way over my head. I played completely different than he did. I searched and found my own way, and what I said reached the people. I played myself, and I knew I was right, and the people loved it, and they felt it. I blew and I blew, and when I finally finished I was shaking all over; my heart was pounding; I was soaked in sweat, and the people were screaming; the people were clapping, and I looked at Sonny, but I just kind of nodded, and he went, 'All RIGHT.' And that was it. That's what it's all about."
A cool 2003 article in Notices of the AMS shows his original grid, an 'unfolded' version of the Escher drawing, and various permutations of the basic concept. As a companion to their 2003 article, B. de Smit and H. W. Lenstra have created a rad website and animations, one of which I have converted from AVi to GIF using VirtualDub for our viewing pleasure.
This picture-within-itself strange loop imagery is sometimes called mise en abyme or, more commonly, the Droste effect, after the recursive label on a brand of Dutch cocoa powder. Thanks to the mathematical exposition by de Smit and Lenstra, you can now find tutorials for creating your own images using programs like GIMP or Photoshop. A flickr group exists for such images.
(h/t to for pointing me to the website)
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