Monday, August 27, 2007

OFF TO DENTON !

This is our road trip to Denton.


NEW TRANSFER - "ZOMBIES" VIDEO // YOUTUBE VS VIRB

Youtube has been revolutionary for American home entertainment, but the quality is awful. (Even worse than mp3 technology for music). Alternatives have been emerging slowly, but since Youtube created the game, they own the game, in a way.


For my part, I've been uploading videos to several different services. So far, my favorite is called VIRB. The quality is just completely next level compared to YouTube (they allow files three times the size of youtube). They allow you to choose your thumbnail image. Plus they have a cool feature on their page where you can black out everything but the video.


I worked insane hours on my "Zombies" video. So when I put posted it to YouTube and it looked like a fuzzy mess, I was upset. Here is the YouTube version:




And here is the VIRB version:




VIRB seems to stretch out the frame... but overall the insanely better quality makes up for it. I am also investigating a website called DIVX. Anytbody know anything about that?


Anyhow, one thing is certain:

YOUTUBE LOSES.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

VIDEO - "It's Already Here"


Public domain footage + a whole day spent with a paper bag on my head = this video. Bag head walking filmed by Sam Sanford.

Friday, August 17, 2007

MOEBIUS



Made in collaboration with Peter Simonite. His ace editing skills are on full-display here. We started by filming an actual TV grid ( 6 X 6 screens); the grid's wood frame was built by Adam Bork, aka Earthpig. Peter later expanded the grid enormously, with the aid of AfterEffects. But the original, the core, is all real-time filming.



Each screen in the grid is connected to an individual DVD player; each DVD player is loaded with a short film I made called "Surfing" -- a super8 creation shot off the jumbotron screens in Times Square. The TV's were all started at the same time and left to run for several hours. Since each DVD was individually burned and slightly longer or shorter than the others, letting them run for several hours made the grid jump in random patterns of frenzied activity and cooled off colors.


The video / audio begins and ends in the same place. The video is intended to be run infinitely, in a gallery setting. Hence the name "Moebius."


This was an incredibly satisying collaboration. Check out Peter's other work here.


The musicians:

BB: electric guitar, upright piano, electric piano, synthesizer, tape delay, conducting

Joey Koehl : left-hand only distorted guitar

Nathan Stein : French horn echoes

Peter Simonite : eyes closed piano

Matt Oliver : Moog pulse

Michael Baird : twinkled piano

Gabe Pearlman : vox organ

Sam Sanford : drone guitar

Jordan R Johns : drum

Thursday, August 09, 2007

LIVE AT KVRX



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I recorded a live session at KVRX with my band.


The entire session can be downloaded here.