The Fuse algorithm was inspired by the dissociated press, a form of text cutup, and Brian
Yuzna's 1989 cult classic film Society. I implemented it
and published it on the web in 1993 (here's
the original web design).
The paper Metaprogramming Emergent
Graphics has a brief explanation of the algorithm, as does
There are two main galleries, one made in 1993 and the other made in 1996. This one was also made in 1993
but uses the "source match" feature.
The algorithm is very similar to Efros and Leung's texture
synthesis and Rob Silver's Photomosaics, but predates both by
GPL source code (for linux batch
version) here, and gimp plugin here including documentation
and more examples here.
used to have an excellent fuse image gallery, now i can only link to
the wayback machine.... i did find he has this album cover though.