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Signal Culture Residency: Day 3

October 22, 2017

Up early, coffee and scrambled eggs!

Downloaded video from last night, not so good, reshoot. A little discouraging, the good news is that the sketches are working well, the bad news is the quality of the recordings. I’ve narrowed it down to the HDMI > video converter, will look into an upgrade when I get home.

Spent the morning on administrivia including email, messages, updating my blog, etc.

Quote of the day –

“Video artists showed up at ETC. Nam June came up quite often; he would stay with Sherry and me. Woody and Steina Vasulka would come up from New York, and Walter Wright was sort of an artist in residence for a long time.”
~ Ralph Hocking in Binghamton Babylon: Voices From The Cinema Department 1967-1977

After lunch, more Projektor sketches, a series using images from a print by Jan Johnson –

– 170621b that explores crossfades, images the mills in Lowell MA
– 170708a uses images from Jan’s print, explores motion, crossfade and flicker
– 170725a uses images from Jan’s print, Brakhage-like
– 170809a uses images from Jan’s print, explores duration and fade
– 170820a uses images from Jan’s print, explores keying
– 170914a a portrait of Ben Hersey!

I started with the Lowell mills crossfade sketch yesterday but was unable to get a good recording. My first attempt at crossfading, written as a test for ideas that I wanted to use with the images from Jan’s print.

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The first of four sketches using images from Jan’s print. I’m attempting to animate the images in a manner analogous to the printing process. Animation implies movement, and the printing process implies layering. And I added a flicker, see the video. Tweaking the code, timing, etc.

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I have alway admired Stan Brakhage’s hand-painted films. This next sketch is Brakhage-like. I’m using b&w images, posterized using only 2 levels. I copy the images to the a buffer using random positioning, offset +or- 50 pixels in horizontal and vertical, adding color as a tint, and modifying the buffer using a couple of blend effects LIGHTEST and EXCLUSION. Kept the flicker 8^)))

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Up to this point I’ve used framerate to control speed. This doesn’t allow for an image to fade, it remains on-screen until the next refresh. Setting duration or the number of frames until the next image is drawn, allows fades. Processing is ‘picky’ about fading, this being yet another example …

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The last, for the moment, of sketches using images from Jan’s prints. Like the Brakhage-like sketch this one uses b&w posterized images and 5 color images – black, blue, red, yellow, white. The color Jan used in her print.


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At 11pm, after a long day, I fire up the rescan monitor and record.

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Signal Culture Residency: Day 2

October 21, 2017

Up early, coffee & Jevity, went shopping. Bought myself more coffee, V8, soup, ice cream and beer.

Reviewed recordings from last night, a little gaudy, that is, blown out color. I installed a terminator on the rescan monitor and re-recorded. Fixed.


Rescan monitor

Updating my first Projektor sketches. The ‘Projektor’ assembles ‘films’ from high resolution still images and sends them to a window, full-screen on the computer, or full-screen on a secondary display … the rescan monitor. The first four sketches include –

– 170404a that explores copy, blend and filter effects, images from
   Chailey Mansion, Newburyport MA
– 170526a as above, images from Halibut Point State Park, Rockport MA
– 170530b that explores sequences, images from Halibut Point
– 170621b that explores crossfades, images the mills in Lowell MA

I spend the morning tweaking the random copy, blend and filter effects in the first sketch, 170404a. In this sketch Projektor assembles films using random numbers and, as a result, never repeats itself, assembling a new film each time it runs. It starts by choosing 25 images of the 100 available. Each frame is chosen randomly from the available images. Next Projektor decides which effects to apply when drawing the image to the output, a combination of copy, blend and/or filter effects. Frame rate is set randomly and varies between 5-15 fps. Finally, the odds are 1::50 that a new image will be swapped into the available image array.

At 1pm I head over to the Tioga Trails for Dave Jones’ Media Lunch, which occurs every third month on the third Saturday. In attendance are Benton C Bainbridge. Jonas Bers, Peer Bode, Dave Jones, Hank Rudolph, Sherry Miller-Hocking, Brian Murphy, Matt Schlanger, Neil Zusman, and several others, all video artists.


Tioga Trails


Dave and Hank


Benton C


Peer, Brian, Matt, and Sherry


Neil

At 3pm I’m back at Signal Culture, tweaking sketches. I decide to skip over the second sketch, move on to sketch 170530b and sequences. Tweaking is simple, it’s reducing the number of lines of code in a sketch. This means getting rid of unnecessary variables and using arrays and tables for fixed data. The ‘tweaked’ set usually runs faster but is not as easy to read, So for all the lines of code I take away, I add and equal number of comments.

Benton C Bainbridge drops by, we chat about high resolution recording, he gives me a few hints.

At 7pm I head over to Dave’s to catch a ride to this year’s ’Transient Visions Festival. The program tonight features work by artists from The Experimental Television Center and Signal Culture – Jason Bernagozzi, Sara Bonaventura, Jamie Hahn, Alison Nguyen, Monica Panzarino, Kristin Reeves, Eric Souther, Benjamin Rosenthal, Charles Woodman, Neil Zusman; and a performance by Jonas Bers and Nathan Cearley. I do like Jonas’s work.


Jones’ Video Synthesizer


The latest, greatest video oscillator


Nathan and Jonas at Transient Visions

At 11pm, back at Signal Culture, I fire up the rescan monitor and record.

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Signal Culture Residency: Day 1

October 20, 2017

Left Lowell at 9am, exactly …

Packed up, everything fits in the trunk!

BOOMCHICKAPOP

and arrived in Owego 6hrs later at 3pm. I was a couple of hours early, expecting to get in closer to 5pm. The drive was relatively uneventful, stop & go on I90 near Westfield MA, lost 30min. However, it was a beautiful day, the trees were near peaking, red & gold leaves everywhere.

Hank was waiting at Signal Culture. We unloaded the car, chatted for 45min, then Hank took off and I started unpacking and organizing.

Toolmakers’ workspace

Setup the computer, AVSynth, audio and video. Next a rescan monitor inside an empty rack covered in black cloth, Spent the evening testing the rescan monitor and listening to audio files. Works, will check it out again tomorrow along with the AVSynth.

w2 recorded October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017


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Two tracks AVSynth and drums. Variation on yesterdays recording. Again, no listening back, mixed in Audacity –

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w2 recorded October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017


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Two tracks AVSynth and drums. More aggressive, nice electronics! Again, no listening back, mixed in Audacity –

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w2 recorded October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017


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Two tracks AVSynth and drums. Working on interlocking rhythms. Again, no listening back, mixed in Audacity –

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w2 recorded October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017


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Working to balance electronics and drums. Again, no listening back, mixed in Audacity –

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w2 recorded October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017


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Two tracks AVSynth and drums. Getting ready for my residency at Signal Culture where I will try recording the AVSynth with drums. Again, no listening back, mixed in Audacity –

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w2 recorded October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017


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Two tracks again, same patch. Trying to leave some space, not really successful. I’ll try a new approach. Both tracks full stereo, no listening back, mixed in Audacity –

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w2 recorded October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017


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Two tracks again, same patch. Strong beginning & end, some noodling. Both tracks full stereo, no listening back, mixed in Audacity –

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