Philly-Bob’s Free-for-All 2018

One man's visual art, largely consisting of digital manipulations of images, taken from (1) my own photographs/videos, (2) downloaded from the Public Domain, or (3) utilized under the Fair Use provision of copyright law.

Portrait by Remo Frangiosa

Artist's Statement

Although I have been interested in art and graphic design all my life, I only began working seriously after I retired in 2010.

January, 2018, update: In October, 2017, I changed artistic direction perhaps temporarily, perhaps permanently. In preparation for the February Animation Show at Philadelphia's Plastic Club, I have switched from my usual still images to animation and video. I intend to continue doing animation -- a much more time-consuming artistic discipline, with a steep learning curve, and many more variables -- until February, and then I will decide whether or not to continue with animation and video, or to return to the still images I have been doing since 2012.

My images are strongly influenced by the optical textures I see when I close my eyes and by what I see when I dream. They are also influenced by the hallucinatory visions I saw under the influence of anaesthesia following open heart surgery.

I often use commercial art, illustration, and typography as a source of ideas.

For maximum effect with my animations, click on the four-sided [] icon in the control bar, which should size the image to fit your screen. For my still images, click repeatedly on the image until it is full-size, which may be larger than your computer screen.


DIGITAL REMIX: BLUE SMOKER (2:28)

An early "dirty movie," innocent in retrospect. Pairing it with Gounod's "Ave Maria" may be considered sacreligious, but only if you grant the original is in some sense "dirty."
SOURCES

VIDEO: Extract from undated "An Unorganized History of Stag Films, Volume 4," compiled by Anonymous (Link1)

MUSIC: "Méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach (Ave Maria)" composed 1853 by Charles Gounod, Arrangement for Soprano, Brass quartet and Organ, performed 2018 by Guido Alici (Link2)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: 
- Cover image from 1960 "Creacion, Paraiso y Pecado Original Segun Genesis" (Link3, trans: 'Creation, Paradise and Original Sin According to Genesis')
- Reclining woman, from 1928 re-issue of "Amis de Crime" by Marquis de Sade (Link4, trans: 'Crime Friends')
- House photo from Summer 2012 issue of "Vermont Life" (Link5)

Link1: archive.org/details/STAGDNEW
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/540777
Link3: archive.org/details/H.RENCKENSCREACIONPARAISOYPECADOORIGINALSEGUNGENESIS13 
Link4: archive.org/details/b20442026
Link5: archive.org/details/rbmsbk_ap2-v4_2012_V66N4 

The silent movie had three text titles:
1. Two little maids who miss spares; 2. When we lack spare parts we manage as we can; 3. Do not be embarrassed. (Spoken by the man in the final scenes.)

September 11, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: ANOTHER CALAMITY (2:26)

Another disaster. Recommendation: look at material in Link5, from the Glasgow School of Art. Beautiful Viennese patterns of 1900 or so.
SOURCES
 
VIDEO: San Francisco 1905 earthquake scene from 1945 movie "Flame of Barbary Coast" (Link1)
 
BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Textile design from 1985 Russian children's book "Твоя книжка" (Link2; trans: 'Your Book')
= Girl carrying pail from 1985 Russian children's book "Не мешайте мне трудиться" (Link3; trans: 'Do not bother me working')
- Illustration of immune cells for 2018 article "Neutrophils Changed Appearance with a New Heart" (Link4)  
- Illustration from undated book "Moderne Textilkunst" (Link5: 'Modern Textile Art')
 
SIGN-OFF LOGO: 
Extract from June, 1950 episode of children's variety show "Howdy Doody" (Link6)
 
Link1: archive.org/details/fobc110191171
Link2: archive.org/details/B-001-028-117-ALL
Link3: archive.org/details/B-001-028-112-ALL
Link4: archive.org/details/brr-1-105
Link5: archive.org/details/modernetextilkun00haeb_0
Link6: archive.org/details/HowdyDoody19June1950

September 8, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: COLLAPSE AND DESTRUCTION LIKE TRUMP REGIME (2:38)

Spending days watching Washington hearings.
Experimenting with writing style and rhetorical approach of disreputable "click bait" headlines, such as described here.
Good news: My animation entry (see July 31 Digital Remix) won first prize at the Plastic Club's September "LINES" open juried exhibition. The win comes at a time when I was feeling very unappreciated.
SOURCES
 
VIDEO: Train crash sequence from 1952 movie "The Greatest Show on Earth" directed by Cecil B. DeMille (Link1)
 
BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Illustration of seasons from 2012 issue of "Vermont Life" (Link2)
- Illustration of bas relief procession from 1980 "Egyptian Art In The Days Of The Pharaohs" (Link3)
- Representative trilobites from 1980 issue of Australian periodical "The Fossil Collector Bulletin" (Link4)
 
SIGN-OFF LOGO: 
Extract from June, 1950 episode of children's variety show "Howdy Doody" (Link5)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheGreatestShowOnEarth1952_201809  
Link2: archive.org/details/rbmsbk_ap2-v4_2012_V67N1
Link3: archive.org/details/EgyptianArtInTheDaysOfThePharaohs3100320BCWorldOfArtEbook
Link4: archive.org/details/fossilcollector00foss
Link5: archive.org/details/HowdyDoody19June1950

September 6, 2018

DIGITAL REMIX: RUNNING AWAY FROM GANGLAND (4:38)

More of a story this time. Two poles of the human condition: seedy city criminals, innocent country ethnics.

SOURCES

VIDEO: Extracts from 1947 film noir "Desperate" (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Illustration from 1983 "Сказки" (Link2; trans: 'Fairy Tales')
- Illustration from undated book "Ecstasy Through Tantra" (Link3)
- Two textile patterns from 1902 "Internationale Ausstellung für moderne dekorative Kunst in Turin" (Link4: trans: 'International Modern Decorative Arts Exhibition in Turin')
- Illustration "A Japanese Madonna" from 1923 "The woman and the leaven in Japan" (Link5)

SIGN-OFF LOGO: 
Extract from June, 1950 episode of children's variety show "Howdy Doody" (Link6)

Link1: archive.org/details/Desperate47
Link2: archive.org/details/B-001-028-064-ALL
Link3: archive.org/details/jonn-Mumford-Ecstasy-Through-Tantra
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125000837456
Link5: archive.org/details/leaven_in_japan
Link6: archive.org/details/HowdyDoody19June1950

September 6, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: DAWN IN AN INDIAN FOREST (2:54)

A wearying rate of production, one a day. Interesting deer story: they live on a "floating park" in India, few in number. their habitat shrinking.
SOURCES

VIDEO & MUSIC: Opening of 1987 videotape performance of dance-drama "Sangai - Dancing Deer of Manipur." (Link1) The sangai is an endemic and endangered subspecies of brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur, India.

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Two walnut table radios from 1937 catalog of Allied Radio Catalog (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/pli.sangeet.Sangai#
Link2: archive.org/details/AlliedRadioCatalog1937


September 5, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: REMEMBERING AN ANTI-WAR "MEME" (1:33)

SOURCES MUSIC: - "No interest in temples," song from Green Peace 2018 album "Clean Freak Messy Pig" (Link1) - "Albumblatt," 2018 piano composition by Robin Schreiber (Link2) VIDEO: Clips of Indian terra cotta wall sculpture from "Poetry on Walls" (Link3) SYMBOL: - Peace Symbol from Woodcutter's "Hippie Font" (Link4) - Quote from article "The Untold Story Of The Peace Sign" in magazine "Fast Company" (Link5) BACKGROUND IMAGE: - Illustration from 1931 catalog of Neosho Nurseries (Link6) - Image from "La belle au bois dormant : féerie chantée en 19 tableaux lumineux" (Link7; trans: 'The sleeping beauty: fairy sung in 19 light paintings') Link1: archive.org/details/WAC21GreenPeace Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Albumbl%C3%A4tter_(Schreiber,_Robin)#IMSLP540068 Link3: archive.org/details/pli.ccrt.Poetry# Link4: www.dafont.com/hippie.font Link5: www.fastcompany.com/3036540/the-untold-story-of-the-peace-sign Link6: archive.org/details/CAT31336684 Link7: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc-belle-bois-dormant_folio_M1523V58B41902-18525


September 4, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: REVERBERATION OF GIRLS' LAUGHTER IN IRAN (0:48)

A little-known but award-winning short by Claude Lelouch. Used new Howdy Doody sign-off logo again, with source. Lelouch's sound was so good I didn't need to use Audacity to adjust sound.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Extract (Link1) from French film-maker Claude Lelouch's prize-winning 17-minute documentary (Link2) of life in Iran in 1971, before the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Panels from 1910 "Eighteenth century architectural ornamentation : furniture and decoration" (Link3)
- Two drawings from 1779 "Nouveau recueil d'ostéologie et de myologie : dessiné d'après nature" (Link4; trans: 'New collection of osteology and myology: drawn from nature')
- Cover image from 2018 "Kumar" magazine (Link5)

SIGN-OFF LOGO: 
Extract from June, 1950 episode of children's variety show "Howdy Doody" (Link6)

Link1: archive.org/details/Iran1971ClaudeLelouch
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M8GwEjw8Ts
Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125010963888
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125008676153
Link5: archive.org/details/Kumar1088
Link6: archive.org/details/HowdyDoody19June1950


September 3, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: PRISON BREAK AT WOMEN'S JAIL (2:00)

Used Audacity to try to improve sound. Also, used new Howdy Doody sign-off logo.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Scene from 1936 pro-union film "Riff Raff" starring Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow, directed by J. Walter Ruben (Link1)

BACKGROUND: Computer-generated image (or "Flock") by Scott Draves and the Electric Sheep (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/Riffraff1936
Link2: archive.org/details/electricsheep-flock-247-30000-9


September 2, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: TRYING OUT A VIDEO SIGNATURE (0:29)

Would this work as my closing sequence on every animation? Or as an opening sequence? Used the audio editing program Audacity for the first time.
SOURCES:

VIDEO: Extract from June, 1950 episode of children's variety show "Howdy Doody" (Link1). Each show began with host ("Buffalo Bob") asking, 'Say kids, what time is it?' and the kids (seated in a "Peanut Gallery") yelled back in unison, 'It's Howdy Doody Time!' Then the kids sang the show's theme song (set to the tune of 'Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay'). The show ran from 1947 to 1960.

Link1: archive.org/details/HowdyDoody19June1950


September 1, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: CHRISTMAS SACRIFICE IN DESERT (8:03)

Another long one. Innovation: silent-movie-type titles in a talkie, my way of summarizing a long, complicated story.
SOURCES
 
VIDEO: Extracts from producer Carl Laemmle's 1929 "Hell's Heroes" (Link1)
 
MUSIC: 2018 song "Sanctuary Of The Sky Gods" by Aberdeen(Scotland)-based Nathaniel Wyvern (Link2) 
 
BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Image from "La belle au bois dormant : féerie chantée en 19 tableaux lumineux" (Link3; trans: 'The sleeping beauty: fairy sung in 19 light paintings')
- Image of octopus from 1932 "Zoology, a textbook for college and university students" (Link4)
- Easter Island statues image from "Gardner's Art through the Ages" (Link5)
- Coins from 1911 numismatic magazine "Adams Brand Plates" (Link6)
  
Link1: archive.org/details/HellsHeroes29
Link2: freemusicarchive.org/music/Nathaniel_Wyvern/
Link3: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc-belle-bois-dormant_folio_M1523V58B41902-18525
Link4: archive.org/details/zoologytextbookf00chid
Link5: archive.org/details/GARDNERSARTTHROUGHTHEAGESAGLOBALHISTORYENHANCEDTHIRTEENTHEDITIONFREDS.KLEINER_201808
Link6: https://archive.org/details/AdamsBrandPlates


August 31, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: SUFFERING SOULS IN DANTE'S INFERNO (8:10)

Way long, but worth it.
SOURCES

VIDEO: The famous "hell sequence" from the 1935 "Dante's Inferno" (Link1). Director Harry Lachman was a respected painter before he moved to Hollywood. 

MUSIC: Soundtrack (uncredited) was by studio composer Reginald Bassett.

Link1: archive.org/details/DantesInferno1935



August 29, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: OAK-BOTTOMED AND COPPER-SHEATHED (1:17)

Patriotism.
SOURCES

VIDEO AND AUDIO: Opening scene from 1952 film "Big Jim Mclain" featuring quotes from the poem "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benet (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/BigJimMclain52


August 28, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: PARRIS ISLAND DIET ADVICE (1:20)

I'm adjusting to dietitian lectures on diabetes diet. Bummer.
SOURCES

VIDEO & SOUND: Extracts from 1957 movie "The D.I." [Drill Instructor] starring Jack Webb (Link1)

BACKGROUND VIDEO: Video loop from "68 Vintage Fairlight VJ Loops" by Australians Jasper Cook and Kat Black, known as VJZoo (Link2)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: 
- Illustration from 1885 "Nabatäische Inschriften aus Arabien" (Link3; trans: "Nabataean inscriptions from Arabia") 
- Cover design from 2018 "Kufar E Yazeed" (Link4)
- Head from fountain sculpture from 1902 "Internationale Ausstellung für moderne dekorative Kunst in Turin" (Link5: trans: "International Modern Decorative Art Exhibition in Turin")
- Cover image from 1986 "Mantra Et Diagrammes Rituels Dans L' Hindouisme" (Link6)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheDI1957
Link2: archive.org/details/68_Vintage_Fairlight_VJ_Loops_by_VJzoo_smaller_versions
Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125015153493
Link4: archive.org/details/KufarEYazeed
Link5: archive.horg/details/gri_33125000837456
Link6: archive.org/details/MantraEtDiagrammesRituelsDansLHindouismeParis1986TableRonde

August 27, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: FEUDING RELATIVES (1:09)


SOURCES
 
VIDEO CLIP
Excerpt from 1960 German vampire movie "Et Mourir De Plaisir" (American title: "Blood and Roses") directed by Roger Vadim (Link1)
 
MUSIC
"Guitar Strut 1111" from 2018 album "Rom-Comm Mixtape" by Wisconsin-based Lorenzo's Music (Link2)
 
IMAGE
- Two images (hinges and cover plate) from 1885 "Eisenwerke; oder, Ornamentik der Schmiedekunst des Mittelalters und der Renaissance" (Link3; trans: 'Ironworks; or, ornamentation of blacksmithing of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance')
- Tapestry of mounted knights from 1904 "Storia della Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore" (Link4; trans: 'History of the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore' [in Rome])
 
Link1: archive.org/details/EtMourirDePlaisir1960
Link2: freemusicarchive.org/music/Lorenzos_Music/Rom-Comm_Mixtape
Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125013594284
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125015157882

August 22, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: COMIC FLUFFY FEATHER PILLOWS (2:31)

Another old movie provides a comic scene, from the estimable Mack Sennett Studios. Music from a group called "Endless Praise" (which is, I think, sacred in intent) is an odd match. The version linked below has its own silent-movie-style music, presumably added later and copyrighted by Edward Boensnes; since it is copyrighted, I had to find a substitute.
SOURCES
 
VIDEO CLIP: 
From 1928 silent film "Campus Carmen" by Mack Sennett studio, introducing Carole Lombard (Link1)
 
MUSIC:
Extract from 2016 "Buru Alleluia" by Nigerian Eke Chijindu Hedges's group, "Endless Praise Crew" (Link2)
 
IMAGE:
- "Mask Face Series 1-4" by Kamal Shah
- "Windows of the Soul" by Yasir Ali, both pictured in "Diani Beach (Kenya) Art Gallery Contemporary African Art Catalogue" (Link3)
- Chart of Ball and Roller Bearings from 1934 catalog of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/CampusCarmenCaroleLombard
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/536335
Link3: archive.org/details/DianiBeachArtGalleryContemporaryAfricanArtCatalogueEdition17Aug2018_20180814_1040
Link4: archive.org/details/Mechanical_201808


August 21, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: NO MOVIE, OLD HOPE (0:59)

Only two sources of motion in this one: a video jockey (VJ) clip, and motion of my picture on a layer in the background.
SOURCES
 
VIDEO CLIP: "Complexity Hightech 2" by VJ LOOPS (Link1) 
 
MUSIC: Extract from 2018 song "Warriors of the Rainbow" by Indonesian group Samasthra (Link2)
 
IMAGE:
- Photo of two yachtsmen clinging to a tree as they watch their yacht destroyed, from 1954 issue of "Telephone Topics" (Link3)
- Illustration of pattern from 1892 "Norman monuments of Palermo and environs, a study" (Link4)
- Illustration of template from 189? "Die Praxis des Kunstschlossers : Vorlagen für einfache und reichere Kunstschmiedarbeiten" (Link5; trans: 'The practice of the art-maker: Templates for simple and richer works of art')
  
HOPE POSTER:
Image from dingbat font "OBEY REVOLUTION" by bobistheowl (Link6)
  
Link1: archive.org/details/FREE_VJ_LOOPS-from_www.vjloops.tv
Link2: archive.org/details/Samasthra
Link3: archive.org/details/1954-09_TelephoneTopicsb
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125010239826
Link5: archive.org/details/gri_33125015157643
Link6: www.dafont.com/bobistheowl.d1682



August 19, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: DANCER JOSEPHINE BAKER IN FRENCH FILM (4:52)

A work missing my usual overlapping/obscuring layers and frames. Aimed at using filters and effects to restore the impact of Baker's talent and presence. Baker's (Zasu's) full role in this film portrayed her as a pampered but loving boss, a cheerful and ebullient personality, a friend to hobos, a defender of the interests of persecuted young lovers, and an energetic small business owner popular with the village's ruling class (witness her well-appointed accomodations in the air raid shelter). I also like the sexy but coy number "No, Nina," a startling contrast with the depiction of young black women in HBO's "Insecure."
SOURCES

VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK: Excerpt from 1945 French film "Une Fausse Alerte" (Link1; trans: "A False Alarm"). The cast included Black American expatriate Josephine Baker as Zasu, a cabaret owner. 

The film is an ordinary story of neighborly intrigue but is lit by Baker's brief role. It was filmed in 1940 and released in 1945, when Baker was in her 40's. It was renamed "The French Way" and released in American in 1952. 

My treatment of this film is aimed at restoration, not expression.

It is dedicated to the memory of Baker, from St. Louis, Missouri, and to my hometown star, Detroiter Aretha Franklin.

Link1: archive.org/details/UneFausseAlerte1945  


August 18, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: PRE-WWII ROMANTIC COMEDY (1:09)

A more manageable size for this animation: 640x480 pixels. A strange period in my animation experience, I haven't posted my last two pieces. Not sure why. Discontent. Curiously, this movie link no longer works.
SOURCES
 
VIDEO: Excerpt from 1932 German comic film "Quick" with Hans Albers and Lilian Harvey (Link1)
 
MUSIC: "Epic Song" by BoxCat Games, soundtrack ("chiptune") for video game "Nameless: The Hackers" (Link2)
 
IMAGE:
- Cover image from 2018 Punjabi book "ਹਰਾਮਦਾ (ਰੱਬ) - ਪ੍ਰੀਤ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ"  (Link3; trans: "Harmada (God) - Love Preetam")
- Painting from 1910 "Ignacio Zuloaga : 12 Kunstdrucke aus der "Jugend" (Link4; trans: "Ignacio Zuloaga: 12 art prints from the 'Youth'"
- Illustration from 1907 "Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences" showing electron microscope images of coral (Link5)
  
Link1: archive.org/details/QuickDeutschland1932SpielfilmKomoedieMitHansAlbers
Link2: freemusicarchive.org/music/BoxCat_Games/Nameless_the_Hackers_RPG_Soundtrack/
Link3: archive.org/details/HaramdaRabbPreetPritam_201808
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125015157999
Link5: archive.org/details/proceedingscali00calic



August 16, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: GOOD 'OL SOL (2:50)

A big file, 1080x1080 pixels. Also, extended the duration of the Sources screen.
SOURCES

VIDEO:
- NASA's 2018 "Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes," two images per day from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (Link1)
- Excerpt from 2018 "EVE Universe: Origins," publicity trailer for online game (Link2)

MUSIC:
Carlotta Ferrari's 2018 organ composition "Toccata di durezze sopra Timebunt gentes" (Link2)

IMAGE:
Window in Antwerp from 1900 "Architektur des Auslandes: Belgien und Holland" (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/NASASDOThreeYearsOfSunInThreeMinutes
Link2: archive.org/details/EVEUniverseOrigins
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/535289
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125015157932

August 12, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX REMINDER: FALL PREVENTION (0:57)

In honor of my mother-in-law Emily, who led an active mobile life until a single fall turned her into an invalid.
SOURCES

VIDEO: 
- Shot of circular stairway in lighthouse from 1960 film "Tormented" (Link1)
- Clip from Adam Jay's 2007 "Graffiti Loops for VJs" (Link2)

MUSIC:
- Opening of "Куклы", 2018 song by Russian-born Brooklyn-based Olga Bell (Link3; trans. "Dolls") 

IMAGE:
- Display Cabinet with Nankin vases from 1903 "James Orrock, R. I., painter, connoisseur, collector" (Link4)
- Photo from horror film, shown in 1997 "Video Watchdog" (Link5)
- Image from 1995 "Milk" magazine of images produced by copy machines (Link6)

Link1: archive.org/details/Tormented1960German
Link2: archive.org/details/graffiti_loops_for_VJs
Link3: archive.org/details/2018.08.09
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125015158005
Link5: archive.org/details/VideoWatchdog40Starbrite
Link6: archive.org/details/MILKCompleteIssues2018

August 10, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: SHAVE OF LOVE (5:15)

Moviegoers were surprised that director allowed the camera to linger so long (five minutes!) on such an ordinary scene as a shave. Tiny Janet Gaynor was an actor who made the transition from silents to talkies. Note the delicacy of her hands in this scene and her mugging to make "the big Goop" adjust his head and face. Note also her upset when he mentions "other women." The path of love is not straight and simple for these two -- his college girlfriend wants him back.
SOURCES

VIDEO1: 
Scene from 1934 movie "Change of Heart" starring Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor (Link1)

VIDEO2: 
2007 Video Jockey clip "Design Of Signage" by Tom Bassford (Link2) 

MUSIC: 
Song "Lazy Morning" from King Imagine's 2018 album "Next Nowhere.exe" (Link3)

BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Acetate impression of plant epidermis from 1956 issue of "Great Lakes Botanist" (Link4)
- Sculpture from 1870 picture book "The Albert Memorial" (Link5)
- Glass doorknobs from 1926 catalog of Sargent Locks and Hardware (Link6)
- Key cutter from 1927 catalog of "Locks and builders' hardware" (Link7)


Link1: archive.org/details/sam6_hardwarexpress_1282#
Link2: archive.org/details/DesignOfSignage
Link3: archive.org/details/COTA014
Link4: archive.org/details/greatlakesbotan56micha
Link5: archive.org/details/gri_33125015153667
Link6: archive.org/details/Bryce_201807
Link7: archive.org/details/Corbin_201807


August 9, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: BEGINNING OF MONTE CRISTO SAGA (2:30)

A successful first exhibition of my animation Catalan Poetry Improv; Film Noir Chase Scene at the Plastic Club yestrday (see below). No technical glitches (thanks to Robert Lee's help) and lots of discussion.
Here, the opening of a rollicking good adventure tale.
Concerned about my choice of music these days. Maybe I should start with choice of music, instead of putting it off until the last step.

SOURCES

VIDEO: 
1922 Silent film "Monte Cristo" starring John Gilbert, based on novel by Alexander Dumas (Link1)

BACKGROUND VIDEO:
"57 VJ Clips" by Mo Selle (Link2)

MUSIC: 
Music from early video game, from 2018 "Video Game Music" compilation by Dan Lizard (Link3)

BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Spoon set and engraving of painting "Madame Recamier" by Gerard from 1899 issue of "Woman's World" (Link4)
- Hieroglyphics from 1865 "Die aegyptischen Denkmaeler in Miramar" (Link5; translation: The Egyptian Monuments in Miramar)
- Illustration of house, from 1879 edition of "Carpentry and building" (Link6)

Link1: archive.org/details/MyMovie_201807
Link2: archive.org/details/VJ_Clips_By_Mo_Selle_V.2
Link3: archive.org/details/videogamemusic_20180625
Link4: archive.org/details/WomansWorld1889
Link5: archive.org/details/gri_33125015153618 
Link6: archive.org/details/carpentrybuildin4188unse

August 6, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: NOW WITH V.J. VIDEO OVERLAY (3:12)

Another source of texture to these remix combimations of mine: VEE-JAY (video jockey) animations, such as those found here, projected on the walls of raves, discos, etc.
SOURCES

VIDEO EXTRACT: 
Closing chase scene from 1958 film "The Whole Truth" with Stewart Granger (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Hand-carved decorations on public stairway, from "Københavns Raadhus" (Link2, trans: "Copenhagen City Hall")
- Diagram of parts from 1927 catalog of "Locks and builders' hardware" (Link3)

BACKGROUND VIDEO:
"57 VJ Clips" by Mo Selle (Link4)

MUSIC:
Song "Conversations with Thanatos" on album "Incantation #1: A Guide to Necromancy" by N. Fushigi (Link5)

Link1: archive.org/details/1159154226#
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125015153600
Link3: archive.org/details/Corbin_201807
Link4: archive.org/details/VJ_Clips_By_Mo_Selle_V.2
Link5: archive.org/details/WPTR-0007-Incantation-1

August 3, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: OTTOMAN CULTURE REVIVIFIED (1:57)

I'm picking up the pace of these animations. They take me less time as I become more familiar with the various idiosyncrasies of my tools.
Here is a beautiful, thoroughly modern Khazakstani dance teacher, who specializes in something called "Tribal Fusion Belly Dance ... a modern form of belly dance which has evolved from American Tribal Style belly dancing, blending elements of ATS with any other style of dance. It frequently incorporates elements from Popping, Hip Hop, Breakdance, 'Egyptian' or 'Cabaret' belly dance, as well as from traditional forms such as Flamenco, Kathak, Bhangra, Balinese, and other folkloric dance styles.".
SOURCES

VIDEO & SOUND:
2017 Performance by Khazakstani dancer Olga Meos at Bellarus Tribal Festival (Link1) 

BACKGROUND IMAGE:
- Image of embroidery from 1889 issue of "Woman's World" (Link2) 
- Book binding from 1904 "Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Ornaments" (Link3)
- Carved wooden rosette from 1879 "Carpentry and building" (Link4)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUGinrX_sDI
Link2: archive.org/details/WomansWorld1889
Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125000830873
Link4: archive.org/details/carpentrybuildin3188unse

August 1, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: ENTRY FOR LINES SHOW (1:02)

Upcoming exhibition at Plastic Club has the theme of "Lines."
SOURCES:

VIDEO 1: Scene of marching Muslim soldiers in Jerusalem from 1924 German film "Nathan the Wise" (Link1)
VIDEO 2: Abstract design from "Flock" #244 of artificial life designs by Scott Draves and the Electric Sheep

MUSIC: "Prelude in D, Op. 32", 2018 composition by Marcello Severo (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/NathanTheWisesilent
Link2: archive.org/details/electricsheep-flock-244-32500-3/00244%3D33763%3D33763%3D33763.avi
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/533988

July 31, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: HOMAGE TO RIDLEY SCOTT (0:30)

Considering using this in my files as a signature.
Anyway, reviewing Scott's wonderful "Blade Runner," realize that the date of the events in the film is 2019 -- next year! Both space exploration and the development of humanoid robots has lagged behind the Blade Runner's fictional timetable. The incentive for accepting a contract on an off-world colony was that you were assigned an android sex slave such as Darryl Hannah's "Pris" for the duration of your contract. Imagine how many "incels" -- involuntary celibates -- would accept such a deal today!
SOURCES:

VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK:
Extract from 2011 re-edit of out-takes from Ridley Scott's 1982 film "Bladerunner" by Rudolph Tress (Link1).

Link1: archive.org/details/ANDROID_201411#

July 31, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: DOG RUNS WITH TINY CAMERA ATTACHED TO PING PONG RACKET (0:52)

A simple exercise on a Sunday, because I'm trying to figure out why VideoStudio only allows me to save files in a small range of "standard dimensions." Frustrating, and I came to no clear answer.
SOURCES:

VIDEO:
Video from REDDIT.COM, "Doggo Runs Away With a GoPro," 2018, unidentified source. (Link1)

MUSIC:
"Frog Legs Rag" by James Scott, from 1906 piano roll. (Link2)

Link1: www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/92qa66/doggo_runs_away_with_a_gopro/
Link2: archive.org/details/kzz003

July 29, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCING TROUPE (2:04)

Much less text, but a third layer.
SOURCES:

VIDEO:
Video 1 (and Soundtrack): "Shadows of the Ancient Empire" 2011 video by Serena Ramzy Dance Company (Link1)
Video 2: "Fluids" 1964 film by Stan VanderBeek (Link2)

IMAGE:
- Statue from July 2018 issue of "Heritager Tamil" (Link3)
- Book cover from 1902 "Deutsche Schmelzarbeiten des Mittelalters und andere Kunstwerke der kunst-historischen Ausstellung Zu Düsseldorf 1902" (Link4: trans: "German smelting works of the Middle Ages and other works of art of the art-historical exhibition Zu Düsseldorf 1902" 

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5BwgCeZ--w
Link2: archive.org/details/1964StanVanDerBeekFluids1964
Link3: archive.org/details/HeritagerTamilJuly2018
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125009285970

July 28, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: ENTRY IN MEMBERS CHOICE SHOW (3:25)
VIDEOCOLLAGE: PERE QUART POEM & EMPIRE STATE BLDG. CHASE SCENE

With the Plastic Club's Member's Choice exhibition coming up August 5, I had to choose one of my videos to enter. This is the one I chose, from July 3. I decided my experiment with Haiku/captions was not working, it just confused people, so I chose an old one.
SOURCES:

MUSIC: 1968 poem "Tirallonga dels monosíl·labs" by Catalan poet Pere Quart (1899-1986), improvised by Barcelonan group "Zero de Conducta" in 2018. (Link1)

VIDEO: 1952 Film Noir "The Thief" with Ray Milland. (Link2)

IMAGE:
- Charts from 1909 Finnish book on Hypnotism (Link3)
- Electrical Utility Systems Board from 1933 "Sweet Engineering Catalogue" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/hr094
Link2: archive.org/details/TheThief1952
Link3: archive.org/details/HennigH.Hypnotismi1909
Link4: archive.org/details/SweetEngineeringCatalog

July 26/3, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: OLD NORSE SAGA IN MOVIE (4:03)

Fritz Lang's version of the same story told in Wagner's Ring trilogy.
SOURCES:

VIDEO & SOUND:
Extracts from 1924 film by Fritz Lang, "Die Nibelungen" (Link1), retelling an old Norse sage.

MUSIC:
2018 composition "Trio in twee delen" for oboe, violin, cello by Jacques Saldiën (Link2; translate "Trio in Two Parts")

IMAGE:
- 1817 painting by Henry Fuselli, "Kriemhild wirft sich auf den toten Siegfried" (Link3; translate "Kriemhild throws herself on the dead Siegfried")
- "Siegfried's Death," illustration from 15th century Hundeshagenscher manuscript (Link4)
- "The Death of Siegfreid," illustration from 15th century Nibelungenlied Manuscript-K (Link5)
 
Link1: archive.org/details/1924NIbelungos02
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Trio_in_twee_delen_(Saldi%C3%ABn,_Jacques)#IMSLP533192
Link3: commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=151177
Link4:commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Siegfrieds_Tod_rechts_neben_Siegfried_steht_sein_Moerder_Hagen_mit_dem_Bogen_Hundeshagenscher_Kodex.jpeg
Link5: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigurd#/media/File:Nibelungenlied_manuscript-k.jpg

July 23, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: SCENES OF CONTENTION (3:21)

Mixing two musics together again, also 5-7-5 haiku. Improved spacing of haiku/caption.
SOURCES

VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK:
Excerpt from 1980 martial arts film "The Sword" (Link1)

MUSIC:
Song "Mortuary Connection" from 2018 album "Incantation #1: A Guide to Necromancy" by N. Fushigi (Link2)

IMAGE:
- Fighting roosters from "Heritager Tamil July 2018" (Link3)
- Cover design from 1923 catalog of "The Reading Line" Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/1751083947
Link2: archive.org/details/WPTR-0007-Incantation-1
Link3: archive.org/details/HeritagerTamilJuly2018
Link4: archive.org/details/ReadingLine


July 23, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCER, TIGER, BUTTERFLIES (4:00)

Mixing two musics; trying haiku (5-7-5) as form after reading Richard Wright's haiku. Miscounted syllables on this one, but fixing captions would take over an hour. (LATER: Did fix from 5-6-5 to correct 5-7-5. Took about an hour and a half.) Also moved captions closer together and made them shorter.
SOURCES:

VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK: 
Classical dance piece (Odissi) performed 1988 by Vanashree Rao (Link1) 

MUSIC:
2014 "Improvisation 2" by Sebastian Buccheri's JazzDefector project (Link2)

IMAGE:
- Illustration from 2014 Indian assessment of tiger population (Link3)
- Illustration of butterflies from 1890 "Lepidoptera indica" (Link4)


Link1: archive.org/details/dni.ncaa.ICCR-431-VHS
Link2: archive.org/details/SCM1802JazzdefectorImprovisations2014
Link3: archive.org/details/TigerStatusBookletXPS170115212
Link4: archive.org/details/lepidopteraindi1moor



July 22, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: THROWING OUT THE TRASH(2:37)

Thinking about the difficulties we will face in rooting out the rot at the top of the current American government.
SOURCES

VIDEO AND SOUND: 
From 1969 Italian western "La collina degli stivali" (Link1: translation "Boot Hill")
 
MUSIC: 
Samuel Ward's 1882 "America the Beautiful" arranged by Herbert S. Gardner for middle school chorus and piano (Link2).

IMAGE:
- Color samples from 1939 catalog of Glass products from Libbey, Owens, Ford (Link3)
- Illustration of reproductive organs of beetles from 2011 "Biodiversity, biogeography and nature conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea" (Link4) 

Link1: archive.org/details/HuegelDerBlutigenStiefellItalien1969KomoedieSpielfilmWesternMitBudSpencer
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/America_the_Beautiful_(Ward,_Samuel_Augustus)#IMSLP526958
Link3: archive.org/details/Sweet1938libbey18f
Link4: archive.org/details/biodiversitybio2teln


July 18, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: LOVE STORY ON THE WATERFRONT (6:16)

Rather simple story, no captioning, separate movement of three image layers. One of the last of the silent films -- and some say one of the best.
SOURCES

VIDEO:
Excerpts from 1928 "Docks of New York," a silent film directed by Josef von Sternberg (Link1)

MUSIC:
2018 Song "Movimiento De Aire" from album of that name by Colombian Sir Leaks (Link2)

IMAGE:
- Illustrations of glass from 1939 catalog of Glass products from Libbey, Owens, Ford (Link3)
- Selection of light bulbs from 1939 Westinghouse catalog (Link4)`


Link1: archive.org/details/DocksOfNewYorksilentGeorgeBancroft.DirectorJosefVonSternberg
Link2: archive.org/details/MNF028_Sir_Leaks--Movimiento_De_Aire
Link3: archive.org/details/Sweet1938libbey18f
Link4: archive.org/details/Sweet193westinghouse51

July 18, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: RESTLESS BEAUTY (3:38)

Another try at use of captioning.
SOURCES

VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK:
Scene with Jeanne Moreau from 1960 film "Eva," directed by Joseph Losey. Record played in scene features Billie Holiday. (Link1)

IMAGE:
- Color samples from 1939 catalog of Glass products from Libbey, Owens, Ford (Link2)
- Samples of marble from 1768 "Mémoires sur différentes parties des sciences et arts" (Link3; trans. "Memoirs on different parts of the sciences and arts")

Link1: archive.org/details/EvaItalienFrankreichSpielfilmDramaMJeanneMoreau#
Link2: archive.org/details/Sweet1938libbey18f
Link3: archive.org/details/memoiressurdiff1guet

July 17, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: POLITICAL CHANGE IN A SPANISH CITY

A little better use of language in the captioning, spare, simple, and direct.
SOURCES

VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK:
2015 film showing 1976 celebration in Valencia after Franco's fall, featuring "Himne de l'Exposició," Valencian anthem composed by José Serrano Simeón (Link1)

IMAGE:
- Image from 1874 "Byzantine architecture; illustrated by examples of edifices erected in the East during the earliest ages of Christianity" (Link2)
- Color samples from 1939 catalog of Glass products from Libbey, Owens, Ford (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/youtube-Ki9Luz8kSBg
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125009314648
Link3: archive.org/details/Sweet1938libbey18f

July 14, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: TURKISH TOMBS AND A PAUSE IN PROGRESS

Further work on captioning effect. Need to reduce window border, smaller type, lines closer together. Changed order of pieces in final frames.
SOURCES

IMAGE:
- Scanning electron microscope images of Thai liverwort from 2011 issue of "Biodiversity, biogeography and nature conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea" (Link1)
- Drawing of ancient tombs cut from cliff rock in Anatolia from the 1884 "Reisen in Lykien und Karien" (Link2: trans. "Traveling in Lycia and Karien") (Link2)
- Drawing of 20th century city from 1939 catalog of Grinnell Fire Protection Systems (Link3)

VIDEO AND SOUNDTRACK:
Clip from 1929 Russian film "The Man with the Movie Camera" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/biodiversitybio2teln
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125013796509
Link3: archive.org/details/Sweet193grinnell43
Link4: archive.org/details/ElHombreConLaCamara

July 14, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: ACID, COVER GIRL, AND MORE LINGUISTIC EXPANSION

More work on Captioning techniques. Reading poetry books to suggest ways to arrange short sentences and phrases for various effect. Right now, sticking to the poetry of straight SOURCE listings.
SOURCES
 
VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK:
- 1969 "Alice in Acidland" adult-only movie by Donn Greer ("John Donne") (Link1)
 
IMAGE:
- Cover illustration for 1948 "Popular Detective" magazine (Link2)
- Illustration from 1884 "A book of facsimiles of monumental brasses on the continent of Europe" (Link3)
- Seashells, illustration from 1914 "A compendium of every-day knowledge" (Link4)
 
MUSIC:
- Electric Piano Op. 11 in E-flat Major, by Nicholas Locke(Link5)
 
Link1: archive.org/details/1969JohnDonneALICEINACIDLAND
Link2: archive.org/details/PopularDetectiveV35N02194809
Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125014103267
Link4: archive.org/details/compendiumofever00mars
Link5: imslp.org/wiki/Electro_Piano,_Op.11_(Locke,_Nicholas)#IMSLP529907

July 12, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: RUBLE, CIRCUS, AND A LINGUISTIC EXPANSION

Using VideoStudio's Captioning utility to place a personal little poem inside animation. Didn't work hard on the poem, a depressed rant, but it was interesting and exciting to learn how to add text to these pieces.
SOURCES

MUSIC: 
- Song "Sleazy Nectars" from album "Six Onna 7" by Maine-based group "Tha Silent Partner" (Link1)
VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK:
- "Circus" a 2007 film photographed & edited by Rudolph Tress (Link2)

IMAGE:
- Soviet Union 50-ruble note, Series 1997 (Link3)
- Botanical Illustration from 1914 "A compendium of every-day knowledge" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/BS450040
Link2: archive.org/details/CIRCUS1
Link3: archive.org/details/B-001-027-890-02
Link4: archive.org/details/compendiumofever00mars

July 10, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: ISLAND CURRENCY AND SCI-FI ARTIST FILM

Nice party at Andy's. He's another animator -- his studio puts mine to shame.
Another composition based on banknote decoration -- this time the Maldivian Ruffiya. Note: The UN's environmental panel has warned that, at current rates, sea level rise would be high enough to make the Maldives uninhabitable by 2100.
The underlying video is by artist Ed Emshwiller -- who also doubled as a science fiction illustrator under the name of EMSH for Galaxy and If and other sci-fi magazines.
SOURCES

IMAGE:
- Cover of 1948 "Popular Detective" magazine (Link1)
- End paper of portfolio containing 1835 notes of Sanskrit author Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi (Link2)
- 5-Ruffiya bank note from the Maldives, issued in 1998, from "International Bank Note Society Journal" (Link3)

VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK:
"ScapeMates," 1972 experimental film by artist Ed Emshwiller (Link4)

MUSIC:
1957 song "Adieu m'amour, adieu ma joye" by Guillaume Dufay, performed 2018 by Pro Musica Antiqua (Link5)

Link1: archive.org/details/PopularDetectiveV35N02194809
Link2: archive.org/details/LaghuSiddhantaKaumudi1853HandWrittenManuscriptDevPrayagCollection
Link3: archive.org/details/IBNS_Journal_41_2
Link4: archive.org/details/1972ScapeMates.EdEmshwiller.1972
Link5: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/530623

July 9, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: EDITH WHARTON ROMANCE AND RUPEE

Just got back from New York, where I saw jazz pianist Barry Harris at the Village Vanguard.
SOURCES

VIDEO & MUSIC: Opening title sequence of Martin Scorcese's 1993 "Age of Innocence." Elaine and Saul Bass produced the sequence, music is by Elmer Bernstein. (Link1)

IMAGE: One rupee Pakistani bank note, designed in 1974, from 2000 issue of International Bank Note Society Journal  (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/aoi3534543451244
Link2: archive.org/details/IBNS_Journal_39_4

July 6, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: PERE QUART POEM & EMPIRE STATE BLDG. CHASE SCENE

Trying out landscape orientation.
Frustrating that I was not able to include my translation of the beautiful poem by the Catalan poet known as Pere Quart. May return to this issue. One incidental result of my cyber-exploring around the world: there's a lot of art going on in Catalan Barcelona.
To my unworthy American ear, I hear the Catalan poetry as profane: "You fucked the cow." I blush before the original words: "Un xic de cor" -- translation: "a bit of heart."
Translation of the poem is below
God: And you, what do you want?

Me: Well, I just want to 
-It can be-:

A bit of hunger 
and a little bread. 
A bit cold 
and a bit of fire. 
A little sound 
and a bit of bed. 
A little of seven 
and a bit of wine 
and a little milk.

And a little peace.

A little step, 
a little bit of weight 
and a bit of floor.

And a bit of a nest.

A bit of pic 
and a little pac 
-or a bit of salary 
and a bit of a check.

And a bit of sunshine 
and a little salt. 
And a bit of sky.

A bit of good 
and a bit wrong. 
A little honey 
and a bit of a fel.

And a little at night 
and a bit scary of fear, 
and a little chest 
a bit of color 
and little bit of shout

And a little light 
and a bit of sound: 
a little lightning 
and a little tro.

A little joy 
and a bit of kiss 
and a little bit of sex.

And a bit of a dog.

And a little gas.

A bit of the fort 
and a bit of the flow. 
And a little rom 
and a little smoke.

A bit of a place

And a bit of play 
-tres kings, two new ones

And a bit of yellow 
and a little gray 
and a little green 
And a bit of blue.

A bit of a train 
and a little ship; 
and a bit of rowing.

A bit of wind. 
And a bit of snow. 
And a bit of a rogue.

And a bit of a voice 
-and a little vote. 
And a bit of singing. 
And a little verse. 
And a bit of dance.

And of art. And gold

A little fish. 
And a little fat.

And a bit of beam. 
And a little thick. 
And a little meat 
and a little blood; 
and a bit of hair. 
And a bit of mud 
and a bit of dust.

A little flam 
and a little ice.

A little saint 
and a bit of a dragon. 
A little risk 
and a little bit of income 
-and a bit of Russian.

And a piece of field 
and a little fruit; 
a piece of closure 
near the home 
with birds and flowers. 
And a little forest 
with pins and splinters.

And a bit of a fountain. 
And a little river 
and a bit of rec 
and a little bridge. 
And a bit of gorg.

And a little sea 
and a little port.

And a bit of crying.

A little linen 
and a little leather 
and a little skin 
and a little thread.

A bit of mud 
and a little juice

And a bit of pork.

And a little park.

A little taste 
and a little bit of rank.

And besides me 
a bit of yours 
and a bit of theirs.

I want to be: donkey clerc? 
beautiful ugly? right? fault 
fat thin ready? llosc? 
new old? firmly skinny 
blah carry? empty? full up? 
sweet dark? dry wharf 
serious? slight short long 
dark clear yaix? the end? 
A little bit of everything.

And what do I want?

A little of sanity

And a little time.

And a bit of a world.

And a bit of luck.

And a little death.

And a little of You.

Hey, yes it can be.

Originally Posted in Circumstancias (1968)

SOURCES:

MUSIC: 1968 poem "Tirallonga dels monosíl·labs" by Catalan poet Pere Quart (1899-1986), improvised by Barcelonan group "Zero de Conducta" in 2018. (Link1)

VIDEO: 1952 Film Noir "The Thief" with Ray Milland. (Link2)

IMAGE:
- Charts from 1909 Finnish book on Hypnotism (Link3)
- Electrical Utility Systems Board from 1933 "Sweet Engineering Catalogue" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/hr094
Link2: archive.org/details/TheThief1952
Link3: archive.org/details/HennigH.Hypnotismi1909
Link4: archive.org/details/SweetEngineeringCatalog

July 3, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE: FIRE PUPPETS

Includes brief appearance by the voice of the worst president in American history; a considerable technical challenge.
SOURCES

IMAGE:
- Microscope Images from 2018 edition of "Acta Botánica Mexicana" (Link1)
- Adjustable Sprocket Rim with Chain Guide from 1933 "Sweet Engineering Catalogue" (Link2)

VIDEO & SOUND:
2004 performance of Indonesian puppet show "Wayang Kulit Gugurnya Bimanyu" (Link3)
Trump quote: The Guardian, August 8, 2017 (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/actabotanicamexno12instd
Link2: archive.org/details/SweetEngineeringCatalog
Link3: archive.org/details/wayang-kulit-gugurnya-bimanyu/20041222-22-12-50.dv
Link4: www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/donald-trump-north-korea-missile-threats-fire-fury

July 1, 2018
VIDEOCOLLAGE IN IMAGE & DANCE

In my mid-seventies, I find myself interested in dance and music.
SOURCES

IMAGE:
- Stone: Illustration from 1938 Cold Spring Granite Co. catalog (Link1)
- Flower Girl: Cover of 1919 Hungarian-language catalog of Kallay Bros. Co. (Link2) 

VIDEO & MUSIC: 
2002 Indian Classical Dance Recital by Bulgarian Liliya Toneva (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/S1938sect50001
Link2: archive.org/details/CAT31302646 
Link3: archive.org/details/dni.ncaa.ICCR-2485-VHS

June 30, 2018
NOTHING MAKES SENSE IN ANERICA TODAY

No virtue. No worth of the individual, just economic market value of the consumer. I am helpless to change things.
On the other hand, I kind of like this, glimpsed on the road to civic Hell.
SOURCES:

Video: 3D Checker Tunnel Optical Illustion from Vimeo via FindingFootage.com (Link1)
Image1: Photo of Indian Dancing Masks from 1935 "Potlatch and totem, and the recollections of an Indian agent" (Link2)
Music1: Song "Tic Tac" on 2018 album "La Raiz del Vello" (The Root of the Veil) by Meconio (Link3)
Music2: Song "Then She Lost Her Shoe" on 2018 album "Affordable Legends" by Tripod Sardine

Link1: vimeo.com/132382877
Link2: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_lande_potlatch-totem-indian-agent_Ind0445-18295
Link3: archive.org/details/MeconioLaRaizDelVello
Link4: archive.org/details/tripod_sardine-affordable_legends

June 28, 2018
CHASE SCENE AT A CIRCUS

Again, developing some facility with VideoStudio 2018. This clip is too long, but funny. Some weirdness about Dots/Inch; sometimes 72, sometimes 300. Also, attempt to time movement of graphic layer to action of video layer. Finally, I would have been better off splitting audio from video.
SOURCES

Collage:
Joint: Image from 1952 "Handbook of cast iron pipe for water, gas, sewerage and industrial service" (Link1)
Background: Lattice work screen from 1926 archeology book "The monastery of Epiphanius at Thebes" (Link2)
Figure Drawing: Illustration from 1996 "Burne Hogarth Dynamic Figure Drawing" book (Link3)

Video extract and soundtrack:
1948 British comedy "William at the Circus" (Alternative title: "William Comes to Town") (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/HandbookofCastIronPipe
Link2: archive.org/details/THEMONASTERYOFEPIPHANIUSATTHEBES
Link3: archive.org/details/BurneHogarthDynamicFigureDrawing
Link4: https://archive.org/details/wctt53245435435




June 26, 2018
THREE HANGED WOMEN

Stumbled across an image on the Dark Web that disturbed me -- one in a whole collection of hanged women. Many questions. Above all, why did these three women take their lives? No detail available.
Anyway, used my new Corel VideoStudio 2018 again. Printed the manual. Combined two musical sources -- one a devout Christian hymn, the other an Indian folk song.
SOURCES

IMAGES:
1 Background from 1926 "Correct Wallpapers" by Mongomery Ward & Co. (Link1)
2 Illustration from script for 1920 science fiction play "Rossum's Universal Robots" (Link2)
3 2009 crime photo of three hanged women (Link3)

VIDEO/MUSIC:
1998 Vocal Recital by Saralaya Sisters in Bangalore, India (Link4)

MUSIC:
2018 performance of "Tu Trinitas æterna" by Carlotta Ferarri's composition by Trappist monks (Link5)


Link1: archive.org/details/CorrectWallPapers
Link2: archive.org/details/CapekKarelR.U.R.RossumSUniversalRobotsbOk.xyz
Link3: appears on Internet "gore sites" such as documentingreality.com
Link4: archive.org/details/dni.ncaa.ICCR-2353-VHS#
Link5: imslp.org/wiki/Cantica_Mysterii_(Ferrari,_Carlotta)#IMSLP528758


June 20, 2018
DRIFTING DOWN LIFE'S RIVER

Takes me two days lately for a piece, working at near capacity: one day to make video and image and interplay, one to document the sources.
First time I used new Corel VideoStudio 2018. The upgraded program cost only $50, but to print the PDF manual would cost $130. (GRUMBLE). I remember when programs came with printed manuals.
SOURCES

IMAGES IN COLLAGE:
1 - Train image from 1914 Winter Staus and Schram catalog (Link1)
2 - Snake design from illustration in undated "Yantra-geometrie-celesti" (Link2)
3 - Aviator face from 1942 issue of "Thrilling Mystery" (Link3)

VIDEO:
Short "Video De Lancha" (Link4: "Boat video") by Clara
 
MUSIC:
Song "Paradona" from 2018 album by Spanish musician Albert Negredo "Paricolintencia" (Link5)

Link1: schram.net/lib/straus_schram_winter_1914/index.htm
Link2: archive.org/details/yantra-geometrie-celesti_201806
Link3: archive.org/details/ThrillingMysteryV18N03194205
Link4: archive.org/details/VideoDeLancha
Link5: archive.org/details/MonoKraK212AlbertNegredo_Parincolintencia/(monoKraK212)+AlbertNegredo_Parincolintencia.mp3


June 20, 2018
COLLAGE TO MUSIC BY AUSTRALIAN COMPOSER

The music saves this one. The young Australian composer shows great promise.
SOURCES

IMAGE 1: Chart of beetle marking patterns from "How to Know The Beetles" (Link1)
IMAGE 2: Illustration of wooden drawing curves (Link2)
MUSIC: Electro Piano Op. 11, 2018 composition by Australian composer Nicholas Locke. (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/HowToKnowTheBeetlesH.E.Jaques_201806
Link2: archive.org/details/CatalogueOfEugeneDietzgenCo9thEd1910
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Electro_Piano,_Op.11_(Locke,_Nicholas)#IMSLP527782



June 18, 2018
PERSPECTIVE ON INDIAN DANCE AND HOLLYWOOD STARLETS

I feel good about this one.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Extract from "Classical & Folk Dances of India" film by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (Link1)

IMAGES:
- Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween II" from 1995 "Video Watchdog" (Link2)
- Illustration of shading from "The principles of practical perspective, or, Scenographic projection" (Link3)
- Background image of marbled endpaper, source not known

MUSIC: Song "Lunar Surface" from 2018 album by American jazz group "Fascinating Earthbound Objects" (Link4)


Link1: archive.org/details/dni.ncaa.ICCR-1349-VHS
Link2: archive.org/details/VideoWatchdogSpecialEdition02Starbrite
Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125012232928
Link4: archive.org/details/nvr051


June 16, 2018
STEWARDESS CAUGHT BEHIND IRON CURTAIN

Going for a sense of busy-ness.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Sequence from 1960 British film "The Iron Curtain," depicting two young women fleeing the East German secret police. (Link1)
IMAGE: Image of set of drawing instruments from 1901 catalog of Eugene Dietzgen Co. (Link2)
MUSIC: 2017 composition for organ by Carlotta Ferrari, "Toccata Gotica" (Link 3)

Link1: archive.org/details/BeyondTheCurtainUnitedKingdom1960MovieSuspenseDramaStarringEvaBartok
Link2: archive.org/details/CatalogueOfEugeneDietzgenCo9thEd1910 
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Toccata_gotica_(Ferrari,_Carlotta)#IMSLP526478

June 14, 2018
TURBINES, HALF-VIRGINS, AND LOBBY

Another problematic sizing.

SOURCES

IMAGE Cartoon captioned "La Demi-Vierge" (Half Virgin) from 1901 collection "Oeuvres choisies : contenant 100 dessins choisis dans le Courrier français de 1884 à 1901" (Link1; translation: "Selected works: containing 100 selected drawings in the French Courier from 1884 to 1901")
IMAGE Illustration from 1938 catalog of turbines by S Morgan Smith Co. (Link2)
IMAGE Lobby sculpture from 1966 "New horizons in architecture with stainless steel" (Link3)
MUSIC From the album "Paper Clockworks" by California software engineer and musician Guilliame Tucker (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125006553867
Link2: archive.org/details/SMorganSmithCo
Link3: archive.org/details/CommitteeOfStainlessSteelProducersAmerican
Link4: archive.org/details/PaperClockworksGTuckerVerdigris

June 12, 2018
THE DISCORDANT WORLD VIEW

Illustrating a translation of Ovid's account of the formation of the world from Chaos: "Before there was earth or sea or the sky that covers everything, Nature appeared the same throughout the whole world: what we call chaos: a raw confused mass, nothing but inert matter, badly combined discordant atoms of things, confused in the one place."
The accompanying music is suggested by my helpless despair at the blundering diplomacy of President Trump at the G-7. Picking a fight with Canada! I love Canada, having spent some summers there in my youth.
My artistic work is troubled by some sort of "Start it -- Don't finish it" syndrome. Among the recently abandoned projects: a stewardess excapes East Germany, Janice's book of spacescapes, a German artist's obsession with a girl's martyrdom. Not sure what's going on...

SOURCES

Image: From 1733 Dutch book "Le temple des muses: orné de LX tableaux où sont représentés les evenemens les plus remarquables de l'antiquité fabuleuse" (Link1: "The Temple of the Muses: adorned with 60 paintings depicting the most remarkable events of fabulous antiquity") published by Bernard Picart.

Music: Samuel Ward's 1882 "America the Beautiful" arranged by Herbert S. Gardner for middle school chorus and piano (Link2).

Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125012263162
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/America_the_Beautiful_(Ward,_Samuel_Augustus)#IMSLP526958
 



June 10, 2018
ACTION ENDING OF OLD-TIME SUSPENSE FILM

The last frame shows the butler, shrugging, saying (in German) "Pity."

SOURCES

Video & Sound: Last minutes of a 1963 German mystery "Das Indische Tuch" (Link1: The Indian Cloth"), which tells the story of heirs who are called to an isolated castle to hear the reading of a will -- and are murdered one by one.

Overlaying images: 
(1) Two chapter headings from 1902 Hungarian periodical "Muveszet" (Link2: "Art")
(2) Illustration from 1878 "Faune du calcaire carbonifère de la Belgique" (Link3: "Wildlife of the Carboniferous limestone of Belgium")

Link1: archive.org/details/EdgarWallaceDasIndischeTuchDeutschland1963SpielfilmThrillerKriminalfilm
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125007118033
Link3: archive.org/details/fauneducalcaire6koni



May 31, 2018
DRAGON-FIGHTING KNIGHT OF THE MIDDLE AGES & ANIME POP

Contrast of eras and style. Bouncy, tuneful, noisy Japanese anime song. Total song only 1:27, sounds speeded up at points. Popular songs of my teenage years were three minutes. Might be some adaptation to the anime comic form. Size was determined by underlying video, and in my opinion is too big -- at least for this webpage.

SOURCES

Image (Foreground): Illustration from 1979 Russian children's book "Три богатыря. Былинные сказы" (Three Heroes: The Old Tales" Link1)

Video (Background): Extract from 2015 Music Video "Blue Diamond" by Eir Aoi used in Japanese anime cartoon "Sword Art Online" (Link2) Also see Link3.

Link1: archive.org/details/B-001-027-549-ALL
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_HVRn2CiRo
Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eir_Aoi


May 23, 2018
OLD STYLE IMAGINATIVE FICTION, MASH-UP

Experimental.
SOURCES:

VIDEO: 

(1) Extracts from 1958 Czech film "The_Fabulous_World_of_Jules_Verne" by Karel Zeman (Link1)

(2) Extracts from 1904 French film "The Impossible Voyage" by George Melies (Link2)

MUSIC:

"Reboot Dreaming" from 2018 album "Ready for Flying" by Swiss-based band Floating Mind (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/tfwojv7765110
Link2: archive.org/details/The_Impossible_Voyage
Link3: archive.org/details/Monokrak209FloatingMind_Ready_For_Flying

May 22, 2018
ALL THE DEAD IN WORLD WAR ONE

Picking up pace. Macabre, sideways view of the catastrophe of war here.
SOURCES

MUSIC: "Russian Fantasy" a 2017 work for five accordions, tambourine, xylophone, & drums by Gilles Mayer (Link1) See also www.gillesmayermusic.com.

IMAGES: Wildlife pictures from the 1921 book "Savage Sudan: its wild tribes, big-game and bird-life" (Link2).

VIDEO: Selections from the 1955 German film "Sarajevo: Um thron und lieb" (Sarajevo - A Throne and Love) which dramatizes the 12 hours before the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The scene shows one of the conspirators visiting his lover. (Link3)


Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Russian_Fantasy_(Mayer,_Gilles)#IMSLP523687
Link2: archive.org/details/savagesudanitswi00chap
Link3: archive.org/details/SarajevoUmThronUndLiebeDeutschland1955SpielfilmDramaHistorienfilm

May 21, 2018
SPANISH POPULAR SONG IN CHOIR STYLE

First animation in nearly two weeks. Felt pressured by the slow pace of video editing. Sorry that the latest format for posting videos does not allow a one-click hard link to the source; would add about an hour to the process.
SOURCES

MUSIC & VIDEO: "Cancion de Siega" (Song of Mowing) composed 1993 by Morena Sabio and Jose Miguel, performed 2013 by soloist Julia Cortinas and the choir of the city of Cuenca, Spain (Link1)

BACKGROUND: Mosaic from 1880 "Architettura italiana" (Link2)

ROTATING SHAPES: Illustration from 1740 "La mesure des surfaces et des solides, par l'arithmetique des infinis et les centres de gravite" (Link3) 


Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Ciclo_popular_conquense_(Moreno_Sabio,_Jos%C3%A9_Miguel)#IMSLP522518
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125015056232
Link3: archive.org/details/UBOE023556_TO0324_PNI-2047_000000

May 20, 2018
SCREW EYES, PLEXIGLAS AND ACTRESS
 
Collage of three images:
  1. An illustration of screw eyes from a 1936 hardware catalog from Nettlefolds Screw Dept. (Link1).
  2. Cover illustration from a 1947 book Working with Plexiglas : a manual for the school shop, home craftsman, occupational therapist (Link2).
  3. Photo of an actress in a "spike through the head" scene from one of the sexploitation movies described in the biography of a movie-maker The Amazing Herschell Gordon Lewis (Link3).
I'm finding these still compositions relaxing after the hectic and time-consuming animations I've been doing since October.
SOURCES
Link1: archive.org/details/NettlefoldsScrews
Link2: archive.org/details/RohmAndHassPlexiglas
Link3: archive.org/details/TheAmazingHerschellGordonLewisByDanielKroghWithJohnMcCartyStarbrite

May 20, 2018
SEARCH FOR NEW AUSSIE FLAG
 
Distortions on a chart showing some 240 alternatives for a new Australian flag.
SOURCES
Link: archive.org/details/AustralianFlagDesignAlternativesaSamplerFromAustralian.flagalternatives.com
May 18, 2018
THORNS ON AFRICAN PLANTS
 
An illustration, labeled "Thorns," from the 1921 book Savage Sudan: its wild tribes, big-game and bird-life. The author quotes 19th century explorer Sir Samuel Baker, who said "Every bush and herb in Africa is armed with lances and swords, daggers, bayonets, fish-hooks, hay-forks, and harpoons."
I dedicate the image to a buddy who began a regimen of combined immunotherapy and chemotherapy in mid-May. I traveled to New York to help him through his first couple days of treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital.
SOURCES
Link: archive.org/details/savagesudanitswi00chap
May 17, 2018
LEGEND OF THE SNAKE WOMAN

Took me 28 hours to get this done, with time out only for food and sleep. I think I solved a puzzling technical problem -- but we'll see....
SOURCES

CLIPS assembled from 1955 horror film "Cult of the Cobra" (Link1)

IMAGE from 1919 book "L'ornement hébraique" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/Cult.of.the.Cobra.1955
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125008843092


May 7, 2018
EAST GERMAN ENTERTAINMENT: SHORT

On Janice's advice, cut this to 1:52.
(See previous)

May 6, 2018
EAST GERMAN ENTERTAINMENT: LONG VERSION

May plan a premiere for this 6:15 piece of light entertainment at the Plastic Club Rabbit Show.
SOURCES

Dance numbers extracted from 1958 East German
film "Meine Frau Macht Music" (Link1)

Images from various issues of  "Jahrbuch der Königlich Preussischen Kunstsammlungen" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/MeineFrauMachtMusikDDR1958SpielfilmMusikfilm
Link2: archive.org/details/jahrbuchderkonig02unse 

May 5, 2018
TOXIC FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
 
TBD
SOURCE

Excerpt from video of 1972
performance on Mike Douglas show (Link1)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9kgu71d81U

May 1-2, 2018
MASH-UP MASSALA

Interrupted this to take time out to do an image for an upcoming show of work by Plastic Club board members, related, seen below.

 
SOURCES

Video and Music from 1933 film "Nieuwe gronden" by Joris Ivens (Link1)

Image: Zombie movie actor from 1993 fan magazine "The Dark Side" (Link2)

Image: Illustration for baby food advertisement in 1932 English women's magazine "The Delineator"" (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/youtube-XaZnGq7KewE
Link2: archive.org/details/TheDarkSide32Starbrite
Link3: archive.org/details/TheDelineatorV121N04193210


April 29, 2018
19TH CENTURY MAP OF ASIA (WITH CURRENT COMMENTS)

These things are tiring.
SOURCES

MAP: From 1883 Canadian "Primer of Map Geography" (Link1)

MUSIC: "Merging the Light Fields," PS's 2018 Remix (Link2) of Marcel Gherman (aka Megatone)'s 2013 album "Lost Holograms" (Link3)

Link1:
archive.org/details/primerofmapgeogr0000samu
Link2:
archive.org/details/enrmp419_ps_vs_megatone_-_merging_the_light_fields
Link3:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj8xnJNxiKE

COMMENTS

WESTERN EUROPE: My genetic homeland, a recent DNA test reveals, a swath from Scandinavia to England.

IRAN: My impression of Iranians is they're hip and friendly to Americans, even though their government despises us.

SYRIA: An awful bloodbath. Much of the fault lies with American neoconservatives and their arrogant demand for "regime change." I associate myself with the American and European progressives who support
the Kurdish canton in Rojava, an experiment in progressive government in the toughest neighborhood in the world. (See Link4)

KOREA: Is it too much to hope that Trump's tiresome bragging about "deal-making" expertise will bear fruit? Hope so.

Link4: defendrojava.org/


April 25, 2018
SONG TO THE SUN AND OLD-STYLE HOSIERY

Had a free afternoon, all alone. Finally finished this. It was very slow to finish this ambitious (and long) piece.
SOURCES:

MUSIC: 1989 composition for cello, "Cántico de Soledad," by Jose Miguel Moreno Sabio, performed 2018 by Serkin (Link1).
IMAGE: Cover photo from 1965 issue of porn magazine "Sheer Hose." (Link2)

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/C%C3%A1ntico_de_soledad_(Moreno_Sabio,_Jos%C3%A9_Miguel)#IMSLP519775
Link2: archive.org/details/sheerhose-1965-05


April 22, 2018
TALE OF WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY

Slow going, but I'm recovering from cold.
SOURCES

Movie: 1922 Danish film "Haxan," English title "Witchcraft Through the Ages." It was banned in the U.S. (Link1)

Image: Engraving from 1760 "Description des pierres gravées du feu Baron de Stosch" (Description of Stone Engravings from the Collection of Baron de Stosch). (Link2)

Border: Cover design from undated Arabic book "Dawamataltadiyon".  (Link3)

Music: "Musica Para Khaos" by Celsium on 2018 collection "Spirare: Breathe Compilations."  (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/Haxan_tinted_and_subtitled
Link2: archive.org/details/descriptiondespi03winc
Link3: archive.org/details/dawamataltadiyon432
Link4: archive.org/details/brh18_V.A._-_Spirare 
 

April 18, 2018
SLAUGHTER OF BILLIONS

I like the look of this, but am troubled that the music (although lovely) doesn't match the subject matter. Generally, I 'frame' these as if they were television news segments -- but actually, these are more dreamy assemblages of random elements.
SOURCES

Image: Illustration from 1914 "The bird book: illustrating in natural colors more than seven hundred North American birds" (archive.org/details/birdbookillustra00reedrich)

Image: Cover of Quraan Majeed (Holy Koran) (archive.org/details/605QuraanMajeed)

Music: "Skylines" by Julia Gregory on 2018 album "Breathe Compilations" by Spirare 
(archive.org/details/brh18_V.A._-_Spirare)
 

April 12, 2018
MEANING OF PLASTIC

Two weeks without a new animation, because I came down with a nasty coughing allergy/cold. One of pleasures of modern convalesence is television bingeing (alt. spelling binging). Hulu has available all seasons of NYPD Blue. Plus I've been watching an English translation of a Turkish series called Diriliş: Ertuğrul, which is kind of like a Game of Thrones telling the actual story of the formation of the Ottoman Empire, from one man and his family hiding in a cave to an empire ("caliphate") that spanned a continent. The English translation can be seen at this link (wlext.net/series/dirilis-ertugrul-season-1?server=thevideome&episode=001). It made for an unproductive but hallucinatory period. This animation marks my first work since the crazy period of dropping my board position and coming down with an illness.
April 12, 2018

Considering a Change in Artistic Direction
Since I stepped down from the co-op board, I'm considering changing my approach to animation work. I'm considering switching from Photoshop to Video Studio 2017. Considering updating to Video Studio 2018. Considering changing the dimensions of my animations. Also, changing my sources. One possible source: on the archive.org website, there's an informal community of folks who upload old movies. I'm considering using more material from these.
Enjoying my dramatic angst over choosing a new direction. A bit paralyzed in the meantime.

Some Productive Video Sources
Link: archive.org/details/@solazev
Link: archive.org/details/@jerseywhitesox
Link archive.org/details/@der_klassiker

Also check out Solavez' collection of video-link collectors.
And this collection of silent films.


RADIO CELEBRATION ON GLAZED WALL, 1944

Two personal notes: (1) my term has ended on my Co-op board. I was nominated from the floor at the annual meeting, but I said "Thank you, no." I'm still on the Plastic Club board, but leaving the Co-op Board will free up my time in ways not yet known.
(2) the voice on this is a short extract from a radio broadcast by Norman Corwin. I love his voice, his poetry, his pace, and (for my techy friends), the levels, voice quality, and clarity.
Sources:
IMAGES:
Glazed-surface wall with window from from 1941 "Interior Wall Decoration" (Link1).
Images in window from 2016 catalog of ANSR motocross racing gear (Link2) and 
from 2009 catalog of Christie's jewelry auction (Link3)

SOUND:
Opening of CBS radio broadcast by Norman Corwin for 1944 V-E ("Victory in Europe") day (Link4).

Link1: archive.org/details/InteriorWallDecoration
Link2: archive.org/details/ansr_2016.05_catalog
Link3: archive.org/details/ChristiesGenveJewels13Maio
Link4: archive.org/details/onanoteoftriumph

March 28, 2018
J.D.F. -- A CONTINUING THEME

A deal I make with the universe. Every once in a while, I make a "Just Don't Fall" poster. And in return, my friends are reminded of this essential commandment. I saw a relative -- Janice's mother -- go from mobile free-spirit to invalid after a split-second stumble on concrete steps.
Actually, I like the pacing of this one, too.

Sources:
IMAGE:
Stairway illustration from 1941 "Interior Wall Decoration" (Link1), background illustration from 2016 catalog of ANSR motocross gear (Link2)

MUSIC:
Frederic Chopin "Andantino in A major, C.172" (Link3) performed 2017 by Mississippi College Piano Pedagogy

Link1: archive.org/details/InteriorWallDecoration
Link2: archive.org/details/ansr_2016.05_catalog
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Preludes,_Op.28_(Chopin,_Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric)


March 27, 2018
A GINGER'S QUIET MOMENT

Back to the Roving Eye style of animation. Much smoother, but I think I still need to pause motion over points of interest.

Sources:
IMAGE SOURCE

Engraving from 1887 "Engravings on Wood" (Link1) showing painting "Lacing the Sandal" by American F.D. Millet (1846-1912).  Millet died on the Titanic.

Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125015065655


MUSIC SOURCE

Performance of a 1837 composition by Polish Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), "Largo in E-flat major" performed on piano in 2017 by Harold Vetter (Link1).

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/516647/hfcn 


March 27, 2018
BOB'S EASTER WEEK DEVOTIONAL

I've been meaning to get this chant down for years. It captures the intense religious enthusiasm of the 1950's Roman Catholic church, when devotees were expected not to speak between noon and three p.m. on Good Friday, the supposed time of the crucifixion.
The oddball soundtrack was performed on a Casio VL-1, a primitive early synthesizer/calculator.

Sources:
Good Friday Chant

Keep the silence
Won’t you
Keep the silence
Won’t you
Keep the silence
‘Cuz a man
Dies young

- Bob Moore

Background Music:
"Nummer Eins," a 1980 song for the Casio VL-1 by Galerie Lochte,
composed of two Europeans, Angelo Vitalo and Schwartau. (See link) 

Link: archive.org/details/DOTNF09

March 26, 2018
THE CLOWN SPRINGS OUT

First attempt at simultaneous zooming and rotating.
Check out English Marilyn Roxie, who did the music. From her website: "Hi, I’m Marilyn Roxie. I am a video artist and experimental photographer. I explore queer genders and sexualities, especially androgyny and male submission through the lenses of abstraction and found image." Not sure what pronoun to use.
Also, note the type used on the Trump overlay: it is a Rata Negra, a font with an ugly history. It was designed during the propaganda war between rightists and leftists during the Parisian student riots of May 1968 and was adopted thereafter by the European far-right, as below.

(GUD is the "Groupe Union Défense" or "Groupe Unité Défense" (originally named "Groupe Union Droit"), a French far-right student group.)
Note the anti-American details in the "Bienvenue aux Ennemis de l'Europe" (Welcome to the Enemies of Europe) poster shown above:

From left, that's the Statue of Liberty, MacDonald's, Uncle Scrooge McDuck, and a black basketball player climbing on a basketball backboard.
Sources:
IMAGE SOURCE

A page of 11th and 12th century
decorative murals from the 1891 
"La peinture décorative en France du XIe au XVIe siècle"
(Link1; translation 'Decorative painting in France 
from the 11th to the 16th century')

Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125008816676

MUSIC SOURCE

"Raphael" song by Marilyn Roxie
on 2018 album "Sampler EP" by
Vulpiano Records (Link2)

Link2: archive.org/details/VulpianoRecords-SamplerEPVol.92018
Also, see marilynroxie.com

March 25, 2018
SEPULCHRAL SCULPTURE


Sources:
IMAGE SOURCE

Photo of "Monument aux Morts" (Link1, translation: 'Monument to the Dead'), a sculpture in Paris'
Pere Lachaise cemetery by French sculptor Albert Bartholome (1848-1928)

Link1: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P%C3%A8re-Lachaise_-_Monument_aux_morts_04.jpg


MUSIC SOURCE

Song "Dolente Immagine Di Fille Mia" (Link2, translation: 'Painful Image of My Girl' ) by 
Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835); performed on the piano by Héctor Valls. 

Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/516384


March 24, 2018
RUSSIAN THEATER CRAFT, 1902


Sources:
SOURCE MUSIC:

2018 performance by Steve's Bedroom Band
of Leon Kreutzer's 1867 composition
"Adagio in A-flat major" for two violins,
viola and cello. (Link1)
See discussion at (Link2) on
Kreutzer's "Octave Study."
 

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Adagio_in_A-flat_major_(Kreutzer,_L%C3%A9on)#IMSLP514899
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXZhmIiFHC0


IMAGE SOURCE:
From 1923 edition of
script for Maxim Gorky's 1902
drama, "The Lower Depths"
(Link1). Frontispiece photo shows
a scene in Act 1, set in a
homeless shelter.
Young acting pioneer Konstantin
Stanislavsky (developer of Method
Acting) is at table, third from
 right, pointing.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/lowerdepths0000gork



March 22, 2018
DOING TOURIST SPOTS WITH VISITORS


Sources:
See closing screens for sources.

March 21, 2018
NATURALIST ON SHELLS II

Another experimental video.
Sources:
See closing screens for sources.

March 20, 2018
NATURALIST ON SHELLS

An experimental video -- opening with my voiceover and face, instead of a title, and no music. Also, did it on a new computer (a Lenovo Thinkpad), and it seems to me the microphone on the webcam is nowhere near as good as the microphone on my previous Dell. Or perhaps it is a function of the operating system -- Windows 10. This is modern America -- the consumer is the crop. Also, image exploration is a little bumpy.
Sources:
This video examines an image of seashells from an 1873 nature book called "A Year at the Shore" by English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse. Gosse went on to virtually invent the institution of the seawater aquarium. He led an interesting life. In 1838, Gosse took a job in Alabama as a tutor on a Southern plantation, where he observed nature -- and Southern society. In a letter from that period, Gosse said "I feel slavery alone to be so enormous an evil, that I could not live here: I am already hastening to be gone." Besides being a skilled draftsman (albeit with the uncredited assistance of his wife) Gosse was a member of an extremely conservative religious congregation and published books arguing against the evolutionary ideas of Charles Darwin. 

SOURCE IMAGE: Illustration 
captioned "Limpet, Purple, and Slit Limpet"
from 1873 book "A Year at the Shore" by Philip Henry Gosse.

LINK: archive.org/details/yearatshore00goss_3

March 18, 2018
BRIGHT SPOT ON INTERNATIONAL SCENE?


Sources:
IMAGE: Collage appearing on cover 
of premiere issue of "Radio 4 Rojava" (RFR),
February 2018. 

archive.org/details/radio_4_rojava_1

MUSIC: Extract from "Dear Viyan", 
song by Miranda De La Frontera
on the album "Music, Awareness & Solidarity
w/ Rojava Revolution" by the Berlin-based 
label "Female Pressure."

soundcloud.com/femalepressure/sets/rojava-female-pressure


The following recent news report (from VOX) gives some background on the situation.

As today (3/16), the Turkish army is still bombing the Rojavan city of Afrin in an operation called "Operation Olive Branch." Here's a news-site that covers current Rojava news (with a pro-Rojava viewpoint). Here's a Russian justification of the Turkish offensive. Here's Jazeera's critical view of the "libertarian myth" of Rojava..

These events provide a compelling narrative (one among many) for the unending mayhem in the Middle East. Stateless Kurdish men and women defeat ISIS militarily to claim territory in Northern Syria and attempt to install a democratic and inclusive system of government which is praised by European socialists and feminists. Neighboring Turkey views the development as another Kurdish challenge to be suppressed. ISIS views the development as a threat to their intended Caliphate.

As I wrote to a friend: "Does Rojava have an actual chance of survival in the brutal world of Middle Eastern politics? Is it a cynical manipulation of Western liberals by desperate Kurds?" It reminds me, in some ways, of the circumstances of the Spanish Civil War of the 1930's, a romantic, idealistic -- but doomed -- act of rebellion against an oncoming period of international conflict and tyranny.

March 16, 2018
YOUNG GIRL IN HANDS OF ANGEL

In the accompanying science fiction story I tell myself in my head: a more elaborate viewport for cloud exploration.
In artistic reality: check out how a contemporary Italian composer wrote an organ Nocturne to honor a 150-year old painting by a Japanese artist.

Sources:
See notes at end of video.

March 14, 2018
NEED TO CONCEAL

Officials discovered that the virus that hit a Cloud Survey Team (see "WHEN THE SURVEY GETS DANGEROUS" yesterday) was not an accident. It happened because some thing in the cloud detected the observation. The virus was, in some sense, a counter-attack, a warning shot, a defensive measure. By what? By whom? Anyway, Cloud Survey Teams like mine are advised to be as inconspicuous as possible. I tried out a faux-leaves around the viewport, like the camouflage on tanks and battleships used in the wars of the 20th century. Despite the concealment, my survey triggered some sort of attack (marked by a bright red coloring) at the end of the video.

Sources:
See notes at end of video.

March 12, 2018
WHEN THE SURVEY GETS DANGEROUS

I've been too lazy to write it down, but there's a continuing story behind these "Cloud Survey Team"/Viewport images. In short, the entire Internet has been wiped out. No one knows what happened. The world government encourages Cloud Survey Teams (CSTs) to explore the zeroed-out bits and bytes of the old Internet, seeking the remnants of information, trying to find out what happened. After one CST is infected by a voracious virus, CST's are told to institute high-security viewports -- like this one.

Sources:
IMAGE: Illustration of two 18th century engraved beer mugs
from the 1902 book "Die Gläsersammlung des Nordböhmischen
Gewerbemuseums in Reichenberg" (Translation: The glass collection
of the North Bohemian Trade Museum in Reichenberg) (Link4)

Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125015065267

MUSIC: "Latency Number 5" is a song
by TKno BeurK (Ed End) from his 
album "DEDDOTAIMU" (Link1) which is, in
turn based on an album "La Perpendiculaire
des Bruits" by Berthelot (Link2).
Another album based on the that album is
"Apothmes Bruitistes" by Berthelot and
Launay (Link3).

Link1: archive.org/details/DEDDOTAIMU_TKnoBeurK
Link2: archive.org/details/MI232-Berthelot-La_perpendiculaire_des_bruits/
Link3: freemusicarchive.org/music/Berthelot__Launay/Apothmes_Bruitistes/L


March 11, 2018
WOODEN MOLDING CATALOG


Sources:
IMAGE: 1930 catalog illustration 
from "The book of carved wood decoration"
by Klise Manufacturing Company
of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

archive.org/details/TheBookOfCarvedWoodDecorationSupplementB_201803

MUSIC: "Intro", song from 2017 album
"Forgotten in the Void" by 
Russian group "Nebulas Mœroris"
(Mists of Sorrows)

archive.org/details/IBR_367


March 10, 2018
BLUE MOUNTAIN


Sources:
See closing scenes

March 9, 2018
MOUNTAIN TRAVEL PAINTING


Sources:
(See last pages of animation)


March 8, 2018
FORTIES FASHION A CONTINENT AWAY

Trying size at 405x720 pixels. Hint: the control bar at the bottom of the media player has an icon that tells your computer to automatically size the image to your screen. (At least in my Chrome brower.) Meanwhile, still experimenting with pan, zoom, and layer masks.
Sources:
(from last pages of animation)

IMAGE: A portfolio of women's evening
dresses headlined "Dinner at 8" 
in a January, 1938 issue of 
"Australian Women's Weekly" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/The_Australian_Womens_Weekly_22_01_1938

MUSIC: Section of a track "P.I.Z." 
from Floating Mind's album "Et Si..." 
(Link2) from the Switzerland-based 
label MonoKraK.

archive.org/details/MonoKraK208FloatingMind_et_si 


March 7, 2018
PILLOW-HUGGING WOMAN AND BRITISH MOSSES

Continuing the experiment in size at 540x960, and interim theme of young woman and plant. Cutting short on bibliographic information on this page, relying on the source pages in the animation.
Sources:
See closing scenes of animation.
March 4, 2018
CURIOUS MAID AND PLANTS

An experiment in image size: 1080x1920 pixels (which is the size of my Android phone). I have learned how to display my animations on the phone. But in my opinion this is too large for my webpage. Previous images were 500x480. Maybe next one should be a compromise of 540x960.
Sources:
See closing scenes of animation.
March 3, 2018
BARCELONA BAND AND WATCH GEARS

Using a short segment of a haunting song by the Barcelona music group Your Mother (Link1) as background, we visit various areas of a large image of gear from a Sotheby's fancy watch auction catalog (Link2).
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/YourGraceThatHolyMountain
Link1: archive.org/details/TheCelebrationOfTheEnglishWatch
March 2, 2018
NEW COMPUTER

First free time after Plastic Club animation event, buy a new computer: a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad Lenovo T450 laptop with 128 gig solid-state hard-drive, cost $329. This image was produced to check installation of programs.
The image is from the computer's webcam. The music Signore, Pieta (Link1: "Lord, have mercy") is a traditional Baroque religious song performed by pianist Hector Valls.

Sources:
Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Piet%C3%A0,_Signore_(Anonymous)#IMSLP513435
February 27, 2018
CLOUD MEMORY SURVEY TEAM DISPATCH 3
 
Evolving story: "Another photographic data fragment was discovered at 100.19.39.216. It appeared to contain some flower shapes, so we consulted with United Nations plant biologists, who said it appeared to be the Colorado Tansyaster (Xanthisma Coloradoense), a now-extinct species that occured in small populations in two states: Colorado and Wyoming."
The image is from a 2017 issue of Aquilegia (Link1) published by the Colorado Native Plant Society. The Colorado Tansyaster is indeed an endangered species.
An additional layer includes an overlay of an image of 17th century Milanese lace from a 1901 issue of The Connoisseur (Link2).
Music is from a recent album by Dadive called Frightening Freighters (Link3).

Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/GuiaCompletaDeLaCALIGRAFIAARABEExtendidaEspaol
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125006090647
Link3: archive.org/details/MonoKraK207Dadive_FrighteningFreightersEP
February 25, 2018
CLOUD MEMORY SURVEY TEAM DISPATCH 2
 
Evolving story: "A second surviving graphic data fragment was discovered in dataspace which had been presumed to be wiped by the EMPUO at 100.19.39.216. Our CMST circled the formation and measured it to be roughly 3700 by 5700 pixels, marked by strong straight verticals and smooth Bezier-like curves. Colors were dark blues and complements. There was no surrounding data field."
The image is from an undated book "Guia Completa De La Caligrafia Arabe Extendida" (Link1). Music is from a 2018 album Six Degrees: eXperiments (Link2) by composer Keith David Doyle.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/GuiaCompletaDeLaCALIGRAFIAARABEExtendidaEspaol
Link2: archive.org/details/SixDegrees_201802
February 21, 2018
MEMORY CLOUD SURVEY TEAM DISPATCH

Evolving story: "When the Electromagnetic Pulse of Unknown Origin (EMPUO) erased all electronic data, the whole Internet was reduced to a unreadable jumble of zeros and ones. In order to recover valuable records -- and to trace who was responsible for EMPUO -- the United Nations authorized Memory Cloud Survey Teams (MCST) to search the scrambled memory for matches to the thousands of different data formats in use at the time of EMP20. Our MCST was assigned to survey a memory sector using a photographic file compression format known as JPEG. We encountered an unusual cluster of coherent information at 100.19.39.216. We circled it to determine scale. It was roughly 4600 pixels wide by 6000 pixels high. The cluster's surface was variegated in color and seemed to be surrounded by lines indicating a data field (whether attractive or repulsive we couldn't determine.) "
I tried to figure out a way to put this text into image, to turn it into a science fiction story. but ran out of time.
The image is a photo of a large 18th century floral spray brooch from a 2017 catalog called Jewels of Portugal (Link1) by the S.J. Phillips Collection.
Music is a 2018 song, "New Horizons," from the album Legends of the Imminent Winter (Link2) by Russian musician Marcus Denight.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/JewelsOfPortugalTheS.J.PhillipsCollection2017
Link2: archive.org/details/marcus-denight-legends-of-imminent
February 20, 2018
CROWN OF THORNS
 
Left, a video exploration of an image (right) of the head of Jesus, from a crucifix created in the 15th century by Austrian sculptor Michael Pacher in the city of Bruneck. It is from the 1909 book Michael Pacher (Link1). Music in video is from a 2018 album by Indonesian musicians Hafid Kurnia and Tebatabata, called The Day After We Were Alone (Link2).
Also entered this video into the Plastic Club-hosted Philadelphia Independents Animation Festival.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125015064740
Link2: archive.org/details/WAC09HafidKurniadanTebatabataTheDayAfterWeWereAlone
February 17, 2018
PATTERN FROM MOLDINGS
 
Left, a video exploration of a pattern (right) created by manipulation of figures in a 1930 trade catalog by Boynton-Waddell Company called Cut and embossed mouldings In wood (Link1). Music in video is from 2018 Música Refinada by Brazilian musicians Guilherme Darisbo & Marcelo Armani (Link2).
May enter video into the Plastic Club-hosted Philadelphia Independents Animation Festival.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/CutAndEmbossedMouldingsInWood._201802
Link2: archive.org/details/051-DarisboArmani-Musica_Refinada
February 14, 2018
NUDE AT DAWN
 
IMAGE: "Dawn", a photo from a 1937 edition of "Amateur Photographer & Cinematographer" (Link: archive.org/details/amateurphotograp84ilif). The photographer is Australian-born English photographer Rosalind Maingot.
MUSIC: "Okrualno I", a song by Janne Nummela from 2017 album "FLOW(ER(ROR)" (Link: archive.org/details/mhrk194)
This animation -- I call it a roving eye technique -- only took about six hours.
Sources:
See animation
February 11, 2018
WEEKEND REVIEW 2/10-11/2018

Decided to switch to a schedule of daily still images (maybe just 3 or 4 a week) and one weekly animation to keep my animation skills current. Today's animation took me nearly 12 hours. Trying to set an ambitious pace, but not one that will -- well, literally, kill me.
Sources:
See animation
February 10, 2018
SCRAP OF FABRIC
 
A ragged textile specimen from the 1900 Etoffes byzantines, coptes, romaines, etc. du IV au X siècle (Link1; Google Translate: "Byzantine fabrics, Coptic, Roman, etc. from IV to X century"). My guess: a carpet.
Sources:
Link1: https://archive.org/details/gri_33125015064559
February 10, 2018
FLAG DESIGN IMPROVISATION
 
A wild improvisation on a set of speculative designs (Link1) by Anne Ominous in competition for a new Australian national flag. My riff on Anne's designs is meant to be respectful, though totally unrelated, of her detailed and thoughtful graphic work.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/LestWeForgetOzFlagDesign
February 9, 2018
SUN-DRENCHED PHOTO
 
A photo from a 1937 edition of Amateur Photographer & Cinematographer (Link1). Accompanying texts discusses the difference between shooting in the studio and shooting outside.
This image marks a return to my earlier graphic style, with text (in Woodcutter Rude Press font) and trilobite and expansive framing, before I decided to try animation in October.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/amateurphotograp84ilif
February 7, 2018
EXPLORING ARTIFACTS #1: JAPANESE BROCADE

A video scan of a Japanese brocade from the Boston Museum of Art, from a drawing in a 1909 Art and Progress magazine (Link1). Background music is from the album Remember_To_Let_Go (Link2) by Jiri Blazek & Brian Ruskin. It goes too fast; I have not been able to figure out how to slow it down in Photoshop Video timeline.

Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/artprogress04amer
Link2: archive.org/details/RememberToLetGo_2018

February 6 , 2018
LOST IN THE WOODS I and II
   
A composition of elements from the 1910 Stencils & stencil materials (Link1) by Sherwin- Williams. Top layer is a stencil showing a forest, the lower layer is a color chart of paints.
Did another version of this image, using (for the first time) Photoshop frame animation. Saved as GIF file. But unfortunately, I set it to loop FOREVER. Not sure how to control looping behavior.
Other animation projects:(1) Therapist and alien, (2) Pepe Frog.
I return to my older graphic design style, on a blissful free Saturday, with only a few errands. On one of the errands, however, I was hurrying home pushing a folding shopping cart down the street, when the cart hit a bump in the pavement, and I fell face first on top of the cart. The only damage was a scrape and bump on my leg, which I only noticed some two hours after the fall. Thus, I violated the cardinal rule of this period of my life: "JUST DON'T FALL."

Sources:
Link1: https://rchive.org/details/stencilsstencilm00sher
February 3, 2018
AGE ISSUES
 
From the 1896 Handzeichnungen alter Meister aus der Albertina und anderen Sammlungen (Link1; Google Translate: "Hand drawings of old masters from the Albertina and other collections"), two drawings. In the background, a 1519 brown head study from the school of Lucas Cranach. In the foreground, on the left, a decorative design showing a young man sketching or writing in a book, set against a design of flowers.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125010105019
February 2, 2018
ITALIAN MARKET
 
Visiting Philadelphia's Italian Market. The colorful neighborhood (which has its own Tourist Center) has gone through ethnic population shifts since its heights in the past, as witnessed by this shop window double poster. Janice and I got on the waiting list for an apartment there -- but we hope we never have to move.
Sources:
NA
February 1, 2018
PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAIT
 
Walking West on Walnut Street, I passed a small artist's studio displaying the picture above. Note the way the painting makes goatish ram horns look like Trump's orange hair. The text reads:
Dear Donald,  	

I am so proud of you for taking from the poor and giving to the rich.
For being just racist enough, having Congress and the[m]
eating out of your hand. For being a graet [sic] liar, 
you're the biggest bully in the political playground. 
When this job is done, the United States of America will 
be in total chaos. 
Last but not least, remember Pride: You have lots of it, it's a sin.
I know you're tr[y]ing to start a war. I can help! 

Your father
But there's a disturbing element here. I'm well-acquainted with American liberals' intense dislike of this president. But that dislike can unhinge the hater. What does the artist mean in offering to help Trump start a war? Why is the message signed "Your Father"?

These are times when people seem to a bit unhinged. I am reminded, once again, of William Butler Yeats' 1919 poem The Second Coming. I see it in my nation, and I see it in my own building, where a post-Trump tax rise has encouraged existential panic, irresponsible rumors, and political manuevers by those who promise "I can fix it."

It is the night of the State of the Union address; and I am depressed because if I no longer believe in the common folks' ability to reason and distinguish truth from falsehood and vote in their own interest, then what do I believe in?
Sources:
NA
January 31, 2018


WAKENING FROM COMA
 
After three months of working hard -- almost obsessively -- to learn the basics of video animation, I find myself like a man awakening from a coma: socially isolated; slowed by a shoulder injury, origin unknown; and deconditioned from a sedentary easy-chair indoor lifestyle. I wonder what comes next?

A hint of what comes next is this quote from the 13th century Italian poet Dante Alighieri. It is from his third book, Paradiso. Comparing myself to Dante, I have travelled through, first, the Inferno of Hell, then Purgatory, and now have arrived in Heaven -- which turns out to retirement, with Internet. What I intend to do now with my remaining time on earth -- with 73 years gone already -- is to recall items in the treasure houses I have seen: in the archives of the public domain, in my own journeys, and in the dark complexities of social media.

The context is that, even aside from the issue of my own lifespan, we live in dangerous times, with the survival of post-WWII Anglo-American democracy as I know it in some peril, threatened by climate, war, and civil catastrophe. I am like a solitary monk recording memories and impressions as a mighty empire collapses around me, horrified but helpless to change the course of events.

The quote from Dante is:
"Nevertheless, whatever portion Time
still leaves me of the treasure of that kingdom
shall now become the subject of my rhyme."

The image is my first non-animation since October. The lettering is in Woodcutter's Army Stencil font. Woodcutter is a skilled but irreverent Spanish artist, a real bad boy -- check out his "reinterprets" and his collection of vintage fonts he found on his travels.

The quote is superimposed on two mingled layers: (1) my photograph, taken today, of a broken window on Philadelphia's Walnut Street and (2) a drawing of a column from the 1821 The architectural Antiquities of Rome (Link1).
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125015059856
January 30, 2018



ANOTHER FASCIST PLOT SPOILED

Another animation looking backward to pre-WWII geopolitics. Based on Harry Hathaway's 1941 movie Sundown (Link1), set in Kenya when it was an English colony. Also includes a reference to the multiple short, catchy bugle calls of the English army (Link2), which appear in the movie, as interpreted by award-winning composer Miklós Rózsa.
This may be my last animation before the January 27 deadline for entries to the Plastic Club's Movement, Motion and Sequential Art show. I started out on my journey to learn video/animation techniques in late October of last year, and have done nearly 45 animations of different styles and quality in these three months. Unclear what my direction will be after the animation show. Unclear which animations I will enter into the show. I am somewhat exhausted after the effort, but am proud that I was able to achieve results.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/sundown_374
Link1: www.farmersboys.com/MAIN/Bugles_Calls.htm
January 24, 2018
UNCOVERING NAZI SKULDUGGERY

A shorter piece, without my narration, built around an exciting scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 film Foreign Correspondent (Link1). It is depressing that these days some Americans and Europeans openly espouse Nazism, despite the tale of suffering it caused last time around.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/xoR9Pb8xYGLIElhh1940
January 21, 2018
CARIOCAN STORY

A very long (nearly 14 minutes) critical and artistic view of a 1965 Brazilian film, A Falecida (Link1; translation from Portuguese: "The Deceased"). Took a very long time to do, with a lot of frustration, but made some technical breakthroughs. Humming ad-libbed by Janice. It's depressing at the beginning -- a death scene! -- but stick around to the end.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/AFalecida1965Bras#
January 18, 2018
REMEMBER BROADWAY MUSICALS?

Parts of a Judy Garland performance from a 1946 musical biography of composer, Jerome Kern, Till the Clouds Roll By (Link1). Also, a kind of grumpy rant, an experiment with closing comment instead of opening comment.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/ctall1956b_gmail_8881
January 10, 2018
MEXICAN LOVE STORY

Remarkable music and a surprising sense of female fashion in a 1952 Spanish language film, Cartas a Eufemia (Link1). Again, entirely done in Photoshop, but I think the audio levels are inconsistent, and I would have to learn to adjust them in another program or adjust them in Photoshop.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/0zwm8r7L4e09ERie1952
January 9, 2018
A DAUGHTER'S CURSE

Experimenting with getting my own handsome mug into the mix, recreating the format of the radio news stories I did in the 1980's. Entire job done in Photoshop. Video source is 1936 Dracula's Daughter (Link1).
Finished annual switch to Philly-Bob's Free for All 2018.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/DraculasDaughter1936
January 6, 2018
SCIENTIST VS. CORPORATIST MONOPOLIST

A scene setting up the plot of a 1938 action mystery, Bulldog Drummond in Peril (Link1).
Next move is to file away 2017 work and redo for 2018. Probably tomorrow.
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/BulldogDrummondPeril1938
January 4, 2018
MORNING SCENE

Opening sequence from a 1981 Indian movie, about the misfortunes of young girl in India in the 1920's. Here's the plot summary:
"After the passing away of her parents, Mangala moves in with her maternal uncle, his wife, and five cousins, who all live a poor lifestyle in a small town. She has a sweetheart in Anoop and hopes to marry him someday. When Anoop hesitates, her marriage is arranged elsewhere, however, on the day of the marriage, the groom meets with an accident and passes away. Her aunt quickly gets her married to a singer named Anand. After the marriage, Mangala is shocked to find that Anand is blind and detests him. When she finds out that he cares for her, she changes her mind and falls in love with him. Then Anoop re-enters her life, Anand finds out, and drives her out. Mangala returns home to her aunt, but she refuses to accept her. Then Mangala finds out that Anand has become a famous singer as well as an alcoholic. She goes to his house in Bombay, gets herself hired as a servant, calls herself Daasi, and pretends to be dumb so that Anand cannot hear her voice and recognize. Eventually she settles in, Anand is pleased with her work, but she also finds out that he hates Mangala; then publicly announces that he is going to marry a dancer by the name of Tara; Tara, catches her stealing a necklace, and to complicate matters even more - Anoop re-enters their lives again."
Happy New Year, everybody!
Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/HXOxh8wE0jwNlaoO1981
January 1, 2018
A WOMAN'S REVENGE

An incident from a 1982 movie about India's fight for independence, Desh Premee (Link1; "The Patriot"). Underlying it is music by Chilean electronic musician Eduardo Yanez Torres (GOZNE) from his 2017 album Fin del Tiempo (Link2; "The End of Time").
Work was mostly done in Photoshop, which allows me to adjust sizes to dimensions other than the usual TV and movie formats.
Sources:
Link1: https://archive.org/details/JB2uF3Tdu9ug5gMD1982
Link2: archive.org/details/pn127

December 27, 2017
ARGENTINIAN SINGER AND FRENCH PHILOSOPHER

As year ends, I think I am moving beyond simple experiments. This one is a more finished work. It features the music of Coni Ciblis (of Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and London) combined with quote she recommended on her social media. I like her voice a lot.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday, everyone. Sources:
Link1: archive.org/details/ConiCibilsUnLugar
December 25, 2017

ARCHIVE: Webpage Proprietor's Portraits
         
       
Time to change my image at top of this web page. The new image is a small pencil portrait done by Remo Frangiosa. It was done while I sat for Remo's portrait class over a two-week period at Philadelphia's historic Plastic Club in September, 2015.
The second image is a larger painting I commissioned from the Plastic Club's Andy Hoffmann.

Next are two other images also used as masthead portraits. Third image is an iPad self-portait in a coffee shop (approx. 2014). It is probably the best representation of my revulsion at the aging process and my sadness at the prospect of diminishing cognitive powers.
Fourth is an attempt to limit portrait to the fewest number of facial features and still be recognizable (approx. 2012). (Sorry: unlike the other images on this page, these masthead pictures don't enlarge when clicked...)
Fifth is a drawing done in our Open Studio workshop by Meri Collier, a Toronto-based artist and member of the Plastic Club.

For other images from the portrait class sitting, see entry for September 22, 2015 -- you'll have to click on the "2015 Archive" link at the top of this page.


To contact Philly-Bob, email me at bobmoore [at symbol] pobox.com (of course, replace "[at symbol]" with "@"].

Masthead Portrait by Remo Frangiosa, 2015

1/5/2018