As part of my job, I recently had to capture a batch of old VHS video cassettes into Final Cut Pro X. So, after becoming reaquainted with the variety and complexity of analog videotape noise, I thought I’d share some of the interesting bits of machine and tape interaction.
If you play through to the end of the last clip (from 1999), you’ll be greeted by the funky ident of a presumably long-gone, REplay Showreel Productions.
Apple Pro Res 422 versions (SD only, naturally)
Just digging through my archive and found this test video that I made a few years back for a performance interpretation of Tim Burton’s “The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy“. Performed by a group that at the time were artist performance company with a collective approach, going under the name Beautiful Creatures.
I created a series of video projections and live capture patches which I worked with during the performance, sometimes grabbing live footage of the performers and re-projecting that back onto the space or other times cuing in pre-prepared clips that helped push the narrative along.
In this clip, I used an early mix of a piece called “Transcommunication” as soundtrack. That particular track later emerged on my “Deserted Cities” artist edition release.
I spoke at the Streaming Out 3 seminar, organised by Brighton-based digital art agency, Lighthouse in February 2013.
For this event, I mainly outlined the projects and current thinking of the SHPLive live streaming performance programme that I’m currently developing. I felt like it would be useful to point out the context and development that has led me to this project, so I skimmed through some of the 7 year history of the Digital Media Centre which I run for South Hill Park Arts Centre and outlined the path from podcasting to local radio broadcasting which led me to propose the current step of live streamed performance webcasts.
Video of my presentation and others in the series are now available on the Lighthouse website.
All of the talks in the three event series are now available online at the Lighthouse web site. Stand outs for me are the talk on the Performance Rooms project by Susan Holtam of Tate, the efficiency and positive partnership working of Brighton Dome’s streamed projects as presented by Carole Britten, the business savvy of production and distribution in the same chain by Picturehouse Cinemas. All of the presentations are rich with useful pointers towards how the arts and culture industry could develop new products, new platforms and ways of talking to it’s audiences.
STREAMING OUT FOR DIGITAL AUDIENCES – TALKS ONLINE
The slide images I used in my presentation are online as a PDF here