LANGUAGE

The Beautiful Formula Language allows to create new compositions and to notate already existing paintings.

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SIGNS AND SYMBOLS


U UNIT

M METER

A AREA

T TAKT

R RHYTHMICAL MOTIVE

E ELEMENT

P PROCEDURE

# ENTRY

 

* hits the meter

[] within the same area

#(n) number of entries

∞ number of entries flexible

(n) size of unit

≈ size of the unit is corresponding for all elements

\ bigger than

/ less than

|| order fixed

> n occupy n

-> go to

{ n out of n possible

+ has to touch

_ has not to touch

≠ not

V vertical

H horizontal

F flexibel

ⁿ ordinal number

L line

{ n } polygon with n edges


U UNIT

The unit defines the basic size of any kind of mark on the surface. 1 is the smallest size of a mark, 2 is twice as big, 3 is three times bigger and so forth…

Examples: 1,2,3



M METER

The meter is a fixed point with a surrounding area.
The meter is used to accomplish an equal partition of the surface.
A meter is numbered from left to right and top to bottom.

Examples: 1/4, 1/9, 1/16, 1/25




Meters with the additional letter b include the surface border and the four corners.

Examples: 1/4b, 1/9b, 1/16b, 1/25b





A AREA

The area surrounds the meter and is defined by the rows and columns between meters. The area and its meter have the same numbering.

Examples: 1/4, 1/9, 1/16, 1/25 & 1/4b, 1/9b, 1/16b, 1/25b






T TAKT

The takt is a fixed number of units during one single entry.

Examples: takt 2, 3, 4 & 5 (A T2, B T3, C T4, D T5)



R RHYTHMICAL MOTIVE

The rhythmical motive is a fixed sequence of units during one single entry.

Examples: 2,2,3,1 or 1,2,1,3,1,5 



E ELEMENT

The element is a unique character of a unit.
Elements are named with a, b, c …

Examples:

M 1/4
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b,c,d



P PROCEDURE

The procedure defines the painting process.

Examples:

M 1/4
R 1,2,1,3,1,5
E a,b,c,d,e,f
P *a1,b2,c1,d3,e1,f5



# ENTRY

The entry defines how often each element can participate.

Examples:

M 1/4
R 1,2,1,3,1,5
E a,b,c,d,e,f
P *a1,b2,c1,d3,e1,f5 #3



* hits the meter

M 1/4
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b,c,d
P *a2,*b2,*c3,*d1



[] within the same area

M 1/4
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b,c,d
P
[*a2,b2,c3,d1]
[*b2,c2,d3,a1]
[*c2,d2,a3,b1]
[*d2,a2,b3,c1]



#(n) number of entries

M 1/9
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b,c,d
P
[*a] #(1)
[*b] #(2)
[*c] #(2)
[*d] #(4



∞ number of entries flexible

M 1/4
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b
P
a #∞
b M4 [*2,2,3,1] #1



(n) size of unit

M 1/4
R –,–,–,–,– (1-5) (size of unit can vary from 1-5)
E a
P [*a] > 1{M1/4


≈ size of the unit is corresponding for all elements

M 1/4
A 1/4
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b,c,d ≈
P
a A1[*2,2,3,1]
b A2[*2,2,3,1]
c A3[*2,2,3,1]
d A4[*2,2,3,1]



\ bigger than

A 1/4
E a
P [*-\(3),2,2,3,1] > 1{A1/4



/ less than

A 1/4
E a
P [*-/(1),2,2,3,1] > 1{A1/4




|| order fixed

M 1/4
R 1,1,1,2,3
E |a,b,c,d| (the entry of the elements has to be in the same order)
P
M1 [*a]
M4 [*a,b,c,d]



> n occupy n

M 1/4, 1/9
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b
P
M 1/4 [*a] > M4
M 1/9 [*b] > M5


{ n out of n possible

M 1/4
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b
P
[*a]
[*a]
[*a]
[*a,b] b > 1{4[a]
b has to choose one of the 4 areas already taken by a



+ has to touch

M 1/4
R 1,2,1,3,1,5
E |a,b,c|
P *a+b+c



_ has not to touch

A 1/9b
R 2,2,3,1
E a,b,c,d ≈
P
a_b_c_d
a A9[2+2+3+1]
b A9[2+2+3+1]
c A9[2+2+3+1]
d A9[2+2+3+1]



≠ not

M 1/4
R 2,2,3,1
E |a,b|
P
A1 [≠*a]
A2 [≠*a]
A3 [≠*a]
A4 [≠*a]
b M1 *2, M2 *2, M3 *3, M4 *1



V vertical

M 1/9
R 2,2,3,1
E a
P a > 3{1/9 [*a]+[*a]+[*a] V



H horizontal

M 1/9
R 2,2,3,1
E a
P a > 3{1/9 [*a]+[*a]+[*a] H



F flexibel

M 1/9
R 2,2,3,1
E a
P a > 3{1/9 [*a]+[*a]+[*a] F



ⁿ ordinal number

A
A¹ 1/4
A² 1/9
R 2,2,3,1 & 1,2,1,3,1,5
E a
P
a A¹ A3 [*2,2,3,1]
a A² A8 [*1,2,1,3,1,5]


M 1/4
R 1,2,1,3,1,5
E a¹ a²
P
a¹ M1 [*1,2,1,3,1,5]
a² (2\a¹) M4 [*1,2,1,3,1,5]



L line

A 1/144 (L 1-12)
E a
P
L1 A2 [(1)]
L2 A1 [(3)]
L3 A6 [(2)]
L12 A11 [(2)]



{ n } polygon with n edges

A 1/4, 1/9, 1/16
E a,b,c
P
a{3} A1/4
b{4} A1/9
c{5} A1/16



æ all

M 1/4 & 1/9
E a
P a(-)+*æ13M


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