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spudoogle video loop

screenshot of spudoogle twitter video thumbnail -- with one small correction


Have been enjoying Spudoogle's twitter account recently but still have a problem with the way the SVS (Silicon Valley scum) appropriated GIFs to their commercial platforms. It's like in the movie Barton Fink where the cigar-smoking producer tells the East Coast populist playwright he wants "movies with that 'Barton Fink' feeling," then later says "get out of my office, I can get 100 writers who can give me that 'Barton Fink' feeling."
One imagines an SVS getting a neck massage and saying, "we need something like those GIF things the kids are exchanging." And then the tech slaves come up with a typical, locked-in proprietary video format with the word "GIF" superimposed. 100 guys can give them that animated GIF feeling.

It's not spudoogle's fault, he accepts conditions the way they are and rolls with the shoddy resizing, rounded edges, and fake labeling. That's twitter's price for providing an audience for your GIFs.

- tom moody

July 11th, 2017 at 12:48 pm

MIDI Users' Group performance

MIDI Users' Group performs at an electronic music event, Oscillate:Pittsburgh 2017 [YouTube]

Travis Hallenbeck tweeted: "my set in Pittsburgh was described by the organizer as like being stuck in an office"

On the other hand, it was kind of refreshing not seeing an Apple laptop or a rack of modular gear. These not-quite-ancient MIDI devices have their own unique sound and seem to have their own mind. Hallenbeck treats them like a flock of erratic sheep, letting them go where they will and savoring their little bleeps and hums as events in themselves. The caretaker approach to (dis)organized sound.

- tom moody

March 23rd, 2017 at 7:41 am

cassette demo


As I have mentioned a few times, my latest music release is available as an audio cassette.

Cassettes are such a novelty at this point that a demo of what to do with one might come in handy!
Thanks to Rene Ae for providing this.

- tom moody

January 15th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Posted in video - others

Found art of the day


Here's a homemade clip of the end credits of Godzilla: Final Wars.
This could be Jean-Luc Godard doing Leni Riefenstahl, as interpreted by Junior in his mom's basement, using a phone to film a laptop. As the camera shakes and struggles to stay centered (difficult when filming widescreen in "extreme portrait" mode), Mom can be heard off camera yelling at Junior to pay attention to her.
The credits are a series of "money shot" clips of monsters flying, fighting, and screaming in rage, close-ups of anxious human faces (that you saw earlier in the movie), people fighting in space suits, and choreographed explosions.
This exciting montage (rolled over by credit-text) is accompanied by a rather haunting symphonic synthesizer score by prog rock titan Keith Emerson. (He said in an interview that only a portion of the music he wrote for the film was used, but this is intact, apparently.) The scale-climbing classical crescendos, in an earlier era, might be written with the same intensity by a composer such as Tchaikovsky to commemorate a major battle. The sound quality on Junior's phone is good enough to pick up most of the musical bravado while the action mayhem is being savored.

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is an almost note-perfect continuation of the '60s Japanese monster tradition of Destroy All Monsters. There's almost nothing in it to tell you it wasn't made in 1968.

- tom moody

January 14th, 2015 at 11:25 am



YouTube by Rene Ae

1000 organic views by year end, let's do it.

Also, thanks to Robert Fripp Fan for the tweet, and those who bought and/or made nice comments on the LP. Cassettes are mailing soon.

- tom moody

December 11th, 2014 at 9:19 am

Can (GIF of Vine)

3 MB GIF (embedded in HTML page) that I made of a Vine posted to twitter by glasspopcorn. [removed]

Update: Decided a "shared" Vine was better than a grainy GIF for this particular subject matter.

- tom moody

April 20th, 2013 at 11:32 am

subway escalator display error


GIF made from a video by Matthew Geller [YouTube]
34th Street subway station

- tom moody

September 6th, 2011 at 11:32 am


Am working on a series of GIFs to document my projections in the recent BYOB NY show. Rafael Rozendaal's YouTube video of the event is my source of clips at this point--I really appreciate that he got some good shots of the work. Here is the first GIF. My "blue bomb" remix is in the center. Note also one of Ryder Ripps' peripatetic frames rather dramatically descending on the right to enclose another work (not sure whose). Jeremy Bailey's projection is on the left. I like how every part of this GIF is in some kind of independent motion.

- tom moody

December 13th, 2010 at 9:11 am


jimpunk, "We Fix Antlers II" [YouTube]

the original data grinder. this work comes as close as any to rocking the standardized confines of YouTube. there is always that tension that something is breaking. the pure aesthetics of the digital accident. never trendy, always reliably pissed-off.

- tom moody

June 10th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Posted in video - others

Night at the Ex

"Night at the Ex," video by Jacob Stein: [YouTube]

Cropped clip [405 KB .gif -- looping]

Cropped clip [881 KB .mp4 -- html page removed -- no loop]

The Stein vid was posted in the comments to Nasty Nets. It's a camera following a girl in battery-operated devil horns as she walks around a fairground with Beck's "Gamma Ray" on the soundtrack. Banal, ordinary but very watchable, lots of depth and multilayered movement. In the clip I made, note all the levels of action going on simultaneously: boys running through funhouse tube, jumping, turning to the right, tube rotating, girl swiveling head, devil horns blinking, carousel lights flashing in the background, guy at back of tube who might be filming (?). De Palma-esque trigonometry on a budget.

- tom moody

March 21st, 2009 at 9:34 am