The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

December 15, 2005


NTSC, the movie

http://www.asondheim.org/ntsc.mov
I spent hours creating at least thirty generations of intermediary steps
to arrive at this small segment imitating the look and feel of the Toaster
software operative a decade or so ago, early digitized effects created on
an analog base. What is the point? That noisy lunacy reigned from Young-
blood's Expanded Cinema, even decades earlier, all the way to the advent
of the purified digitized image. Youngblood was not the first, but he
described the nexus of video manipulation, influencing at least two gen-
erations of young video- and film-makers. Now granularity in the image is
reverse-engineered, low-frequency color blooming is added, posterization
is manipulated in any number of ways, and feedback itself is distorted as
if there were analog delays and colorization technology in the image
chain. I no longer yearn for those days, but I do miss the ability to man-
ipulate video signals on the fundamental levels of pedestal, bandwidth,
and so forth, as if the signals were _signals,_ rough derivations of the
real world. This short tape is a paean to those days. Enjoy; the sun is
setting on our eyes and minds.

I'm sorry I wasn't able to deliver your message.

In Geneve the dancers waited in the cold.
The image bloomed and blossomed and the world faded.
Parochial, I only remember Claire and Mary.
The Shelleys watched the domestic drama unfold.
They died but not here, nowhere near here.
Apologetically, they left the film and story.
http://www.asondheim.org/gen.mov
(Name: "male_body.zip")
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Male and female bodies were zipped closed against the wind.
You can imagine who bundled up who.
We all wear culture underneath our clothes.
Our skin is our message.
The dancers of Foofwa d'Imobilite were immobilized.
Their only desire on the bridge was warmth and a comfortable home.
The United States of America would free them democratically.
Iraq = the Christmas-time joy of the whole wide world.
Jesus gouged the eyes of Jahweh Allah.
Jesus: "All gods see better now."
The dancers disappeared like ghosts upon the bridge.
Their bones were ice; their skin, fire; their minds, clear and bright.

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