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get a .mov on

My first web video art (2005 - 2009) was posted in the .mov format, I suppose as a concession to the dominance of sleek Apple laptops among the new media crowd.
Suddenly, about a year ago, all those .movs stopped working in Firefox, Chrome and IE. I contacted my conservator, a harried individual who moonlights restoring old broken Cory Arcangel web art, and demanded: "Make these .movs playable!"
Fortunately he had a PC with an older, un-updated version of Quicktime that could be used as a plugin to convert the .mov files to .mp4 (same basic Apple codec, blah blah).
Gradually he is replacing the .movs I posted to the new "friendly" spec (which won't work in five years).
Here's a list of conversions, which will be updated as new ones are added:


"Dancin' (Please Register)" (Quicktime video converted to .mp4) [9.5 MB .mp4 video]


"Exit Maurice" (Quicktime video converted to .mp4) [10.5 MB .mp4]

Guitar Solo Still

"Guitar Solo" [4.5 MB .mp4 video]

I have more recently posted .mov files that function adequately -- it's not the filetype that's the problem, per se. Possibly it's only .movs made from 2005-2009 on a Windows machine, converting .avi or .mpg to .mov. My conservator said, "don't even try to understand the twisted minds of your media new media overlords -- just accept that they have killed your work product and .mov on."


"End Notes" [18.8 MB .mp4]

Sensor Readings Screenshot 2

"Sensor Readings" [27 MB .mp4]

Ninja Elements Screenshot

"Ninja Elements" [16 MB .mp4]

big rock grid movie screenshot

"Big Rock Grid" [12 MB .mp4]

- tom moody

August 15th, 2017 at 5:36 am

new-ish vimeos

Have been neglecting my Vimeo account, mainly because I hate video and think there's too much of it in our world. Yesterday I posted a couple of laid-back efforts from late 2014 I had been sitting on:

Ambient Bro Environment

Walk to Liberty

Was sort of briefly interested in the idea of home movies as art -- taking that trope of ultimate boredom and elevating it to festival material, as a form of protest or Dada or what have you. I even went as far as to submit Idyllic Bike Ride to the festival "Migrating Forms" (where it was rejected). What happened was, I get a lot of press releases going back to my years as a pundit. Some are welcome and some go to spam. Migrating Forms sent me an announcement with a call for entries. It took about five minutes to submit Idyllic Bike Ride -- I thought a dude's bike ride might be an amusing break or palate cleanser in several hours of heavy identity exploration. It was rejected, and also lessened my spam traffic because I stopped receiving Migrating Forms announcements! Unlike moi, they do not hate video.

- tom moody

March 23rd, 2017 at 8:10 am

Posted in theory, video - tm

Surge Molecule (Video)



Video loop, 17 inch LCD screen, portable media player, SD card (installation view)

Notes: Thinking back to the "square screen" discussion, here is a screen with a 4:3 ratio, which is the only viable way to show this particular GIF-to-mp4 conversion in fullscreen. The irony is that to document it, you have to use 16:9 because that's what all the video hosting services are using now. The above GIF is a turducken of nested media: the frames started out as screen art, printed out, then photographed. The photos were combined into an animated GIF. The GIF was converted to mp4 so it could play accurately on the portable media player (at least I don't have to burn a DVD anymore). Then the looping video was shot with a mini-HD cam and converted to mp4 for upload to Vimeo. All this for a simple punk rock gesture.

Here is a 16:9 scrunched to 4:3 version of the same video with a permanent loop. For some reason I can't get Screencast embeds to post here so I had to use Vimeo for the above.

- tom moody

December 18th, 2014 at 10:26 am

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play (drawing demo video), 2007-2014

Real-time X 9, MSPaintbrush drawing demo video. The screenshot below, of the 900 x 676 vid, is scrunched here to fit a 650 pixel window. The mp4 at the above link is the highest "save-as" quality (there's still a bit of compression/softening but it's pretty sharp).


Actual size detail:


A YouTube version of this was put up by Guthrie in Jan 2007 (thx again) - through no fault of his, the image quality at 640 x 480 is pretty mushy. This may be a blessing to some. After almost 8 years this is now up to 4640 views, 12 upvotes, 2 downvotes, and 4 puzzled comments.

The drawing was based on a painting from 1989, 64 x 54 inches, acrylic and oil on canvas. The atom went missing in the '00s version.


- tom moody

November 13th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

"chorus of angles" vimeo embed

Video version of "Chorus of Angles I," a music track posted Nov. 2011. Watch for the Ken Burns effect.
Embedded videos stay up until they drop off the blog front page (yes, how quaint) and then the embed code is removed (the links stay up). Not that you need to know these Byzantine self-made rules.
As for the embed, it's always good to take abstract art and stick logos all over it. These could be removed but am kind of enjoying the horribleness of it.

Chorus of Angles from Tom Moody on Vimeo.

- tom moody

November 7th, 2014 at 9:56 am

Posted in music - tm, video - tm

embedded vimeo experiment

Spheres 303 from Tom Moody on Vimeo.

The experiment was a success -- in the future, embedded videos will be on the blog front page, then the embed code will be removed when the post drops to page two.

- tom moody

October 22nd, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Posted in video - tm

"Spheres 303" (video)


Recycled some vintage 'timelapse' molecule footage for a new modular synth tune on

Update: Revisions to post; worked on the ending of the vid and re-uploaded.

- tom moody

October 21st, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Posted in music - tm, video - tm

"Winged Man" (video)

"Winged Man" [Vimeo] [Embedded Version]

I recycled the pixel field GIF from "Gridhopper" for this somewhat less multimedia-y video.
Am interested in combining lo-fi computer graphics with "simple waveforms" analog sounds -- it seems right even if there's no theory for it.
The soundtrack is below:

"Winged Man (audio only)" [2.7 MB .mp3]

- tom moody

December 3rd, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Posted in music - tm, video - tm

The Chambers Pavilion

I have some work in the Digital Art Biennale, titled "The Wrong" (front page / explanation), based in Sao Paolo, which opens today. Invited curators created online pavilions for artists' works. Mine is in a Sara Ludy-organized site called The Chambers Pavilion (site / jump page). Below is her flyer and announcement for the show.

The Chambers Pavilion exhibits 11 new works from artists who were invited to create sound rooms accessible online. The Chambers Pavilion is an online pavilion created for the Digital Art Biennale The Wrong. Chambers opens on 11/1/13

Rene Abythe:
Leah Beeferman:
Mitchell Brown:
Robert Lorayn:
Austin Meredith:
Tom Moody:
Maryann Norman:
Alexander Peverett:
Bunny Rogers:
Chris Shier:
Krist Wood:

Curated by Sara Ludy:


- tom moody

November 1st, 2013 at 9:42 am


Was trying to think of when you might want to watch a cursor moving through a sound file.
For any reason besides "we at Soundcloud needed a gimmick to keep your attention while you listen to music here."
Perhaps if the wave had an interesting shape and the sound was somewhat intriguing and there was some obvious, necessary correlation between the two.
So I made this [Vimeo] as an experiment. [Embedded version]
Had been wanting to post that bit of electronic music but it needed something more. This might be it.

- tom moody

September 18th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Posted in video - tm