Portrait by Remo Frangiosa

Philly-Bob’s Free-for-All 2019

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.



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.

In October, 2017, I changed artistic direction from still images to animation and video. This new direction was a time-consuming artistic discipline, with a steep learning curve, and many more variables.

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.


MUSIC VIDEO: VILLA-LOBOS GUITAR EXERCISE (2:18)

An odd-sounding guitar composition, commissioned by Andres Segovia.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: 2019 video of Luciano Tavares performing one of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos's (1887-1959) "Studies for Guitar", each one based on a choro (Brazilian tune) played by itinerant street musicians; guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia commissioned the studies (Link1 from Villa-Lobos in the 1920's; permalink Link2)

BACKGROUND IMAGES 1: Samples of stone siding in 1899 catalog of The Canton Steel Roofing Co. (Link3) 
BACKGROUND IMAGE 2: Illustration of Atrium of a Renaissance-style palace from 1776 "Caprici di scene teatrali" (Link4; trans: 'Caprices of theatrical scenes')
BACKGROUND IMAGE 3: Vaporwave color samples mentioned in Reddit's Vaporwave Art group (Link5)

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/12_Estudos,_W235_(Villa-Lobos,_Heitor)#IMSLP572'474
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/325723
Link3: archive.org/details/TheCantonSteelRoofingCo.1899
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125016285369
Link5: postimg.cc/Vdz03Fv1



May 16, 2019
VIDEOCOLLAGE: THE CONSCIENCE OF AN EVIL PERSON (0:54)

Video allows a depth of connection between meaning and texture.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Scene from the ending of the 1930 mystery movie "The Bat Whispers," directed by Roland West (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGES: Contemporary theatre posters for film (Link2)

MUSIC 1: 2019 Song "If You Want to Drive Out Nothing is Inevitable" from album 'Cars Apocalypse' by Yoshiwaku/Ed End (Link3)
MUSIC 2: Excerpt from 2019 song "Dirty Hands" from album 'Black Files EP' on netlabel Soisloscerdos (Link4)  

Link1: archive.org/details/THEBATWHISPERSstanard35mmVersion
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0020668/
Link3: archive.org/details/Cars_Apocalypse
Link4: archive.org/details/slc44.029-black_files


May 14, 2019
REMIX: POST-APOCALYPTIC VIDEOGAME AND RUSSIAN FOLK SONG (1:50)

Mixup of film of Russian folk dance concert and samples from a newly released videogame, "Borderlands 3".
SOURCES:
VIDEO: 2019 Video review of game Borderlands 3, "We've played it! - 20 Things You Should Know" by GamesRadar(Link1)
MUSIC & CHOIR: 2014 perforance of Russian folk song "Kalinka" in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Link2)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlASdpRI69Y
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP9a-OTn2QA


May 13, 2019
REMIX: MORE OLD SCI-FI (1:40)

An old Russian film from the Sputnik areas, combined with an old medical manual, an old book of Russian architecture, and an exercise from an 18th century guitar virtuoso.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Extract from 1957 Russian film "Дорога к звёздам" (Link1; trans: 'Road to the Stars')
MUSIC: 2018 performance by Stefan Nesbya of "Divertissement, Op.106" by Italian guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) (Link2, Permalink Link3)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 1: Collage from decorative patterns in 1895 "Pami︠a︡tniki drevni︠a︡go russkago zodchestva" (Link4; trans: "Russian Architecture")
BACKGROUND IMAGE 2: Illustration from 1893 "La photographie médicale : application aux sciences médicales et physiologiques" (Link5: trans: 'Medical Photography: Application to Medical and Physiological Sciences') 

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CX0oSjwLqI
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/24_Prime_Lezioni_progressive,_Op.139_(Giuliani,_Mauro)#IMSLP571671
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/571673
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125016373843
Link5: archive.org/details/gri_33125008559904


May 10, 2019
STREAM OF UNCONSCIOUS: DREAM #5 (0:48)

Another dream image, in the Drinking from the Fire Hose series. Subverse, a game being developed and funded by videogame players, mainly horny young men. Here is the pitch: "Since the dawn of time, humankind has stared up at the cosmos with a mixture of trepidation and wonder. Turning our curious eyes toward the glittering stars speckled around our little blue planet, we have often asked ourselves the eternal question: Are we alone in this universe? What is out there? More importantly… can we bone it? That’s why we made Subverse - a tactical RPG/SHMUP hybrid that takes place in a fully explorable galaxy where you get to be the Captain of your very own ship...which is crewed by the sexiest and deadliest waifus you can recruit." Vocabulary review: RPG = Role Playing Game; SHMUP = Shoot 'em Up; Waifu = "A fictional character from non-live-action visual media (typically an anime, manga, or video game) that one is attracted to and considers a significant other. [Urban Dictionary]"
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Preview clip for videogame under development called "Subverse" (Link1)
MUSIC: Excerpt from 1914 cylinder recording of "The Junk Man Rag" by banjoist Fred Van Eps (Link2)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 1: Illustration from 1904 edition of Italian pro-fascist author Gabriele D'Annunzio's play "La figlia di Iorio : tragedia pastorale" (Link3; trans: 'The Daughter of Lorio: Pastoral Tragedy')
BACKGROUND IMAGE 2: Stock video "Particle-blue-abstract-animation-form-motion" from Studio Backlot (Link4)
BACKGROUND SHAPE: Character from 2018 "Lomtrian" dingbat font by Rym (Link5)
SLEEPER IMAGE: Newspaper illustration for article entitled "Men turn into their dads at age 38" (Link6)

Link1: studiofow.com/subverse/
Link2: archive.org/details/edba-2225
Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125008471969
Link4: www.studiobacklot.tv/stock/motion-backgrounds-5/particle-blue-abstract-animation-form-motion
Link5: www.dafont.com/lomtrian.font 
Link6: www.irishmirror.ie/news/world-news/top-ten-tell-tale-signs-youre-3421379


May 7, 2019
STREAM OF UNCONSCIOUS: DREAM #4 (1:33)

Another dream image, in the Drinking from the Fire Hose series. Schlocky sci-fi of the 50's. The opening Sleeper image sold for $9,3 million!
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Scene from 1958 science fiction film "Missile to the Moon" (Link1), low-budget remake of 1953 "Cat Women of the Moon." 
SLEEPER: 1946 drawing by Pablo Picasso, "Portrait de femme endormie" (Link2; trans: 'Portrait of a sleeping woman')
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Theatre poster for film (Link3)
BACKGROUND SHAPES: Characters from 2018 "Lomtrian" dingbat font by Rym (Link4)
MUSIC: Song "Render 6" from 2017 album 'Watchers' by Horiso (Link5)
 
Link1: archive.org/details/MissileToTheMoon
Link2: curiator.com/art/pablo-picasso/portrait-de-femme-endorm
Link3: www.imdb.com/title/tt0053072/
Link4: www.dafont.com/lomtrian.font
Link5: archive.org/details/horiso_-_Watchers/brhnet52_05_horiso

May 6, 2019
STREAM OF UNCONSCIOUS: DREAM #3 (1:06)

Another dream image, in the Drinking from the Fire Hose series. Experimenting with a different sleeping soul in the opening -- this time a homeless man napping on a bench.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Scene from 1962 English mystery film "Out of the Fog" by Maurice Wilson (Link1)
MUSIC: Song "Pleasant Melody" from 2018 album 'Fairytale' by Russian-born Natasha Beller (Link2)
BACKGROUND VIDEO 1: Scenes of blowing trees in cyclone from Twitter feed of Indian politician Chowkidar Jay Panda (Link3)
BACKGROUND VIDEO 2: Instagram video from singer Natasha Beller (Link4)
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Instagram Collage from Natasha Bellere, colorized (Link5)

Link1: archive.org/details/OutOfTheFogUK
Link5: archive.org/details/BSOG0076
Link2: twitter.com/PandaJay/status/1124167930986418176
Link3: www.instagram.com/p/Bn6rz4an0l0/
Link4: www.instagram.com/p/BgqWLiClyj3/

May 4, 2019
STREAM OF UNCONSCIOUS: DREAM #2 (1:39)

Another dream image, in the Drinking from the Fire Hose series.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Selection from early (1928) talky "The Studio Murder Mystery", a scene featuring Florence Eldridge and Doris Hill (Link1)

BACKGROUND 1: Decorated letter "V" from 1856 alphabet designed by Godfrey Sykes (Link2)
BACKGROUND 2: Image from cartoonist Winsor McKay's 1905 comic strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland" (Link3)
BACKGROUND 3: Movie poster from 1928 theatre release

MUSIC 1: Selection from 1897 operetta "Les p'tites Michu" by André Messager (Link4; permalink Link5; trans: 'The Michu Girls')
MUSIC 2: Selection from "Elementals," a recent sampler album of nature sounds recorded by sound recordist Lang Elliott (Link6)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheStudioMurderMystery
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125010054084/page/n401
Link3: archive.org/details/LittleNemo1905-1914ByWinsorMccay/pa
Link4: imslp.org/wiki/Les_p%27tites_Michu_(Messager,_Andr%C3%A9)#IMSLP570489
Link5: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/570489
Link6: musicofnature.com/

May 1, 2019
STREAM OF UNCONSCIOUS: DREAM #1 (2:10)

My current art life is constructing odd trains of thought based on observation and exposure to a near-infinite volume of images, videos, and songs. I view them as dreams. I like this one a lot.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Light show at 2019 concert of Iranian musician Siamak Abbasi (Link1)

MUSIC 1: 2016 song "La Mecanica de las Cosas" (trans: 'The Mechanics of Things') on album "Lo Inquietante" (trans: 'The Disturbing') by Chilean producer Federico Schumaker (Link2)
MUSIC 2: Track #16 on undated album "Yukani Zikani" by Yukiga Futte Uresii (Link3)

BACKGROUND IMAGE 1: Sample from 1758 book of calligraphy "Der getreue Schreibemeister" (Link4; trans: 'The Faithful Scribe') 
BACKGROUND IMAGE 2: Sample from 1940 Sears Roebuck "Color Perfect Wallpapers" catalog (Link5)
VARIOUS BACKGROUND IMAGES: Illustration from 1955 catalog of Johnson & Smith Novelties (Link6)

Link1: archive.org/details/Siamak.Abbasi-Bebin.Cheghadr.Dooset.Daram-mosicvideo.com
Link2: archive.org/details/pndvd02_mt
Link3: archive.org/details/YUKANIZIKANI/16_YUKANI_ZIKANI
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125011256506
Link5: rchive.org/details/SearsWallpapers1940
Link6: archive.org/details/Novelties001


April 29, 2019
OLD MOVIE MORPH MIX: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME II, SHORT VERSION (1:49)

A second version of the 1936 movie of H.G. Wells' 1933 vision of man's future, shortened because the Plastic Club Members' Medal show limits videos to 3 minutes in length.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Selections from 1936 science fiction film "Things to Come" (Link1) directed by William Menzies based on H.G.Wells 1933 novel.

MUSIC: Song "Stargazer" from 2019 album 'In Orbit' by Crimean producer Cutside (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/THINGSTOCOMEVideoQualityUpgrade
Link2: archive.org/details/BSMX0177


April 24, 2019
PERSONAL STATEMENT: THE MEANING OF HISTORY (0:58)

My father was a decorated & wounded veteran of World War II and my great grandfather was a Union soldier imprisoned in a Confederate military prison, Andersonville. One irony: the background transitions from fine marble to a grisly roadside atrocity photo from WW2. But my source for the photo was a 1940 German book of atrocities, allegedly committed by Poles against the German community in Poland, used, presumably, to justify Nazi invasion of Poland. I used it because a) I didn't want to search for another atrocity photo and b) in a global conflict in which 70-85 million -- nearly 3% of the world population -- perished, the "side" and "identity" of killers and victims is less important than their suffering and death.
SOURCES:
MUSIC: Song "Lyria" from 2019 album 'Ancient Era' by Naos (Link1)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 1: Illustration from 1888 "Eight Marble Patterns" by W. Sutherland (Link2)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 2: Illustration from 1940 "Polish Atrocities Against The German Minority In Poland" by Hans Schadewaldt (Link3)
FONT: "Thor Gonzalez" by Spanish typographer known as Woodcutter (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/NaosAncientEra
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125001305834
Link3: archive.org/details/PolishAtrocities_201904/page/n192
Link4: www.dafont.com/thor-gonzalez.font
 

April 24, 2019
WHIMSICAL MISCELLANOUS REMIX: GAME PLAY, PINUP, DESIGN (1:34)

An experimental piece -- departing from the old movie motif.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Selection from "Boreal-Alyph," a 2019 fan version of the first=person shooter videogame 'Half Life.' (Link1)

MUSIC: 2017 "Violin Sonata No.2" by Californian Davide Verotta (Link2; permalink: Link3) 

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtGXflL_hno
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Sonata_for_Violin_No.2_(Verotta,_Davide)#IMSLP568620
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/568619 

April 17, 2019
OLD MOVIE MORPH MIX: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME (4:29)

A dated 1936 cinematic retelling of H.G. Wells' 1933 vision of man's future.
Not sure I like the new 1080x1920 pixel file format. It's clumsy on the web page and slows things down for a benefit not as yet determined.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: Selections from 1936 science fiction film "Things to Come" (Link1) directed by William Menzies based on H.G.Wells 1933 novel.

MUSIC: 2017 composition "To The Edge... And Beyond!" (Link2) by American composer Robert Moore [no relation]. Moore says the piece is 'about Anthropogenic Climate Disruption - the single largest and most important issue facing our species.' (Permalink: Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/THINGSTOCOMEVideoQualityUpgrade
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/To_The_Edge..._And_Beyond!_(Moore,_Robert)#IMSLP567547
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/567547


April 14, 2019
OLD MOVIE MORPH MIX: INNOCENT BEDROOM ACCOMODATIONS (1:14)

A 1931 romantic comedy / mystery story.
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: Scene from "The Tip Off" (Link1) a romantic comedy of 1931. Two men (Eddie Quillan and prizefighter Robert Armstrong), dodging gangland hitmen, hide out with their love interests (blonde Ginger Rogers and Joan Peers). Their sleeping arrangements are innocent but would probably have been censored after the Hays Code was imposed in 1934. 

MUSIC: "Engage Trio" collaborative work for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello by George L Smyth, Vonna Wolf and Eithan Hein (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/THETIPOFFImageQualityUpgrade
Link2: archive.org/details/EngageTrio


April 12, 2019
OLD MOVIE MORPH MIX: QUAINT LOCAL THEATRE IN ENGLAND (3:22)

A World War II English movie aimed at building good relations with Russia. A Russian engineer visits England, learns to appreciate customs like local historical pageants.
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English movie "The Demi-Paradise" (also known as "Adventure for Two") about a Russian engineer learning to appreciate England (Link1).

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Theatre poster (Link2)
  
Link1: archive.org/details/TheDemiParadise
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0035793/


April 7, 2019
OLD MOVIE MORPH MIX: ABANDONED CAMERA LEADS TO MURDER MYSTERY (4:05)

Curious English movie about a man who returns from a drive to find someone tossed a camera in the back of his car. Very mannered English mystery.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: Edited scenes from 1933 English mystery film "The Ghost Camera" (Link1) starring Henry Kendall and Ida Lupino.

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Theatrical poster for film (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/THEGHOSTCAMERAVideoQualityUpgrade#
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0024054/


April 5, 2019
OLD MOVIE MORPH MIX: OLD-TIME STUDIO CREDIT (0:21)

Short piece experimenting with new size (1920 pixels wide x 1080 high) compared to previous 640 x 480. I expect it to be awkward for use on my web page, but it is the industry standard for YouTube and other outlets. On my screen, I have to scroll to the right to access the four-angle icon to size the image to the page.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Opening credits for Monogram Pictures 1937 adventure film "The Legion of Missing Men" (Link1)
Monogram was a low-budget studio active between 1931 and 1953.

MUSIC: Selection from 2019 recording "Engage Trio" by George L Smyth, Vonna Wolf and Eithan Hein (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheLegionOfMissingMen
Link2: archive.org/details/EngageTrio


April 3, 2019
OLD MOVIE MORPH MIX: COLLAGE OF ENGLISH VICTORIAN MELODRAMA (4:10)

Tod Slaughter was an English actor with a long career playing menacing heavies in Victorian costume dramas. Here he is in the 1936 "The Crimes of Steven Hawke," where he is a money-lender who doubles as a serial killer known as the "Spinebre aker."
This is an experimental piece. Will be changing to a different size format for future videos.
Music is a tribute by students to Chilean composer Jose Asuar, who died in 2017. Folk may be interested in checking out Asuar's work here and here.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Collage of scenes from 1936 English film "The Crimes of Stephen Hawke" starring melodramatic actor Tod Slaughter (Link1)

MUSIC: One of a series of tributes to Chilean electronic musician Jose Vicente Asuar (1933–2017), from the 2019 album "Divertimento al Amanecer." This song is an interpretation by RandomVOLT of Asuar's 1967 'Divertimento' (Link2) 

Link1: archive.org/details/TheCrimesOfStephenHawke# 
Link2: archive.org/details/pn140/pn140_26_Divertimento_randomVOLT-Remodel.mp3


April 2, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: AMNESIAC ENGLISHMAN MARRIES GYPSY GIRL (1:49)

A scene from a 1946 lightweight romance, part of a convoluted plot involving amnesia, a missing locket, and accidental bigamy.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: Excerpt from 1946 movie "Caravan" produced by Harold Huth and starring Stewart Granger and Jean Kent (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Theatrical poster for display in movie theatres (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/Caravan_201903
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0037578/


March 30, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: LONG STORY OF RUTHLESS TREASURE HUNTERS (8:17)

A look at the performance of ill-fated Frances Farmer as a cynical, sharp-tongued bar girl in a late 19th century South Seas adventure.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1940 adventure film "South of Pago Pago" produced by Edward Small, starring Frances Farmer and Victor McLaglen (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Poster for theatrical release (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/SouthOfPagoPago
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0033082/

March 29, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: FRENCH REVOLUTION DRAMA IN NOIR STYLE (2:15)

Stopping Robespierre and the Reign of Terrors
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1949 film "The Black Book" (also known as "Reign of Terror"), a low budget historical drama of the French Revolution directed by Anthony Mann in a Film Noir style and starring Robert Cummings (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Spanish-language theatre placard for the film (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/THEBLACKBOOKUncut#
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0041796/

March 25, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: ADVENTURE ON FERRY BOAT (3:56)

I lived on Staten Island for many years and took that ferry.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Chase scene from 1948 movie "Close-Up" by Frank Satenstein about some incriminating photographs (Link1)

MUSIC: Piano improvisation "Circle I Sector IV" by Belarussian pianist Darja Bahasłova from 2019 album 'Fantastic Swimmers' (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/CloseUp_201903
Link2: archive.org/details/mhrk212/Fantastic+Swimmers

March 23, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: WHEN NONSENSE MAKES SENSE (0:46)

I am convinced I have experienced (on committees and the like) arguments that use the right words and phrases but don't make sense. This clip illustrates a step further: double talk, where the words themselves don't make sense.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1944 film "Swing Hostess" by Sigmund Neufeld about a big band modeled on the Benny Goodman Band (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Poster for movie theatre display (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/SWINGHOSTESSVideoQualityUpgrade
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0037336/



March 23, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: COINCIDENCE LEADS TO DRAMA AND DEATH (1:57)

A complicated story, which I do not tell in this video. Instead, an experiment in half-size insets in a stretch of video. The music is interesting; it's in Italian, I don't know what it says, but I like the female singer's voice.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Excerpts from 1940 "A Window in London" suspense drama by Josef Somlo, also known as "A Lady in Distress," starring Michael Redgrave and Sally Gray (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Placard for movie theatres (Link2)

MUSIC: Excerpt from 2019 "Attraversando Lo Specchio" (Crossing the Mirror) by Italian group Lang and Fabio Chiantini on Roman label 'Strato Dischii' (Link3). 

Link1: archive.org/details/AWindowInLondon#
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0031548/
Link3: archive.org/details/SDR043

March 20, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: HOW LADIES RESPOND TO PROPOSALS OF MARRIAGE (1:31)

Final piece from my analysis of this rather fussy, English movie. Fourth of four.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English costume drama "The Man in Grey" by Edward Black, starring James 
Mason (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie lobby poster (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheManInGrey#
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0036135/


March 19, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: CINEMATIC FORESHADOWING AS GYPSY READS FUTURE (1:18)

More anti-women stuff from this 1940 English film. Third of four.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English costume drama "The Man in Grey" by Edward Black, starring James 
Mason (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie lobby poster (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheManInGrey#
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0036135/


March 19, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: SOFT-HEARTED PRIVATE EYE IN A SMALL CAFE (2:43)

Turns out the prostitute he defends is killed the next day, and leads the private eye to a cache of stolen Nazi jewels.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1957 crime film "My Gun Is Quick" with Robert Bray as Mike Hammer and Jan Chaney as 'Red'; music by Marlin Skiles (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Poster for theatrical display (Link2) 

Link1: archive.org/details/MyGunIsQuick_201903
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0050737/


March 18, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: DEPRESSION ERA FANTASY OF SUDDEN WEALTH (3:37)

Not a good movie, but more footage of popular 1930's actress Constance Bennett. The movie is a comedy of social status. More experiments, increasing vibrancy and saturation of background image color.
SOURCES:
VIDEO AND AUDIO from 1930 romance "Sin Takes a Holiday" by A.B. Derr with Constance Bennett and Basil Rathbone (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: 18-year-old Constance Bennett in dancing student pose, 1922. (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/SinTakesAHoliday_201903
Link2: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Constance_Bennett_-_Nov_1922_Shadowland.jpg



March 14, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: PLEASE TERMINATE THIS SHOCKING SPECTACLE (0:55)

More anti-women stuff from this 1940 English film.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English costume drama "The Man in Grey" by Edward Black, starring James 
Mason (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie lobby poster (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheManInGrey#
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0036135/


March 14, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: MATING IN ONE ARISTOCRATIC HOME IN REGENCY ENGLAND (2:50)

This animation illustrates some absurd ideas of female roles, from a movie set in Regency (late 18th century) England. May do more with film later.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English costume drama "The Man in Grey" by Edward Black, starring James 
Mason (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie lobby poster (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheManInGrey#
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0036135/


March 13, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: STEP AWAY FROM NARRATIVE INTO SHAPES (2:38)

More experimenting with filter techniques to add color and complexity to simple old black & white movies.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1930 movie "Conspiracy" by William LeBaron (Link1), starring Bessie Love

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Poster for theatre lobby (Link2)

MUSIC: 2019 song "Dualitat" by PicnicBoy (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/Corspiracy
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0020785/
Link3: archive.org/details/PXRec051EPPicnicboyDualitaetMP3


March 12, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: A RADIO PROGRAM THAT TAUGHT YOU TO TAP DANCE (2:42)

The dance finale of a silly 1936 romantic comedy about the tap-dancing suitor of a radio station owner's daughter; somehow they convince the father to run a program called 'Dr. Cassidy's School of the Dance,' which teaches the city how to tap dance -- through sound alone. Research on this led me via Wikipedia to the following discussion of tap dance moves:
"Common tap steps include the shuffle, shuffle ball change, double shuffle, leap shuffle, hop shuffle, flap, flap ball change, running flaps, flap heel, cramproll, buffalo, Maxi Ford, Maxi Ford with a pullback, pullbacks, wings, Cincinnati, the shim sham shimmy (also called the Lindy), Irish, waltz clog, the paddle roll, the paradiddle, stomp, brushes, scuffs, spanks, riffs, and single and double toe punches, hot steps, heel clicks, time steps, over-the-tops, military time step, New Yorkers, Shiggy Bops, drawbacks, and chugs. In advanced tap dancing, basic steps are often combined together to create new steps. Many steps also have single, double, and triple versions, including pullbacks, timesteps, and drawbacks. In tap, various types of turns can be done, including step heel turns, Maxi Ford turns, cramproll turns, and drag turns. Timesteps are widely used in tap and can vary in different areas. These consist of a rhythm that is changed to make new timesteps by adding or removing steps."
Experimenting with different ways of introducing color to these black & white movies.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1936 romantic comedy "Dancing Feet" by Colbert Clark, based on the implausible idea that a radio program could teach listeners to tap dance (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGES: 1. Photograph of Mexican tap dance stage performance (Link2) and 2. enlargement with digital alteration of movie's Harlem tap dance scene.

Link1: archive.org/details/DancingFeet_201903
Link2: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:04232012dae_jpg_semana_de_la_cultura082.JPG


March 11, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: RECALLING CONSTANCE BENNETT (1:37)

Constance Bennett, who was the highest paid Hollywood actress in the early 1930's, caught my eye in this one for her changing expressions and her tense, focused energy. Here, she plays a Berlin streetwalker who befriends an escaped Canadian Prisoner of War. I like the idea of focusing on the performance of one actor; I don't think this first attempt at an actor-focused animation was especially successful, but I'll probably try it again.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Scenes featuring Constance Bennett from 1936 war movie "Everything Is Thunder" (Link1)

MUSIC: Title track from 2019 album "Dark Moon" by Maryland musician George L. Smyth (Link2). Piece was written to accompany the haiku by Lorin Ford:   
  beyond Pluto
       the pull of a planet
  dark moon
Rad more of Australian Ford's poetry at (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/EverythingIsThunder
Link2: archive.org/details/DarkMoon_201902
Link3: walleahpress.com.au/HaikuFord.html

March 9, 2019
` DIGITAL REMIX: BUSINESS-LIKE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL (2:33)

From a 1945 mystery movie, a man and a woman come to an understanding in a noisy, crowded nightclub, with kids at the table.
SOURCES:
SOURCES

VIDEO & AUDIO: Nightclub scene from 1945 "Club Havana," featuring character actor Rene Riano (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Cinema placard from 1945 (Link2) 

Link1: archive.org/details/ClubHavana
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0037605/

March 7, 2019
` DIGITAL REMIX: NIMBLE-FINGERED SUITOR OUTWITS LANDLORD'S AGENT (4:17)

From a 1943 early Bollywood (Hindu/Indian) "Kismet," a subplot where a recently-paroled pickpocket saves a young woman from the greedy designs of a landlord's agent.
Note technical glitches, starting at around 2:50, especially at 3:28. These are worrisome, and may signal that my working methods and equipment are not suitable for longer works.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: 1943 Indian musical drama "Kismet" (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Theatre poster for "Kismet" (Link2)

SONG: "Space Guardian" from 2012 album 'Simulacra' by Indian group Saty (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/Kismet_201903
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0036077/
Link3: archive.org/details/saty-simulacra

March 6, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: 1940'S EMPOWERED WOMAN BLURS BARRIERS (0:31)

From a 1944 movie, female reporter bypasses competition and fools butler to get the story.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: Clip from 1944 newspaper drama "Double Exposure" (Link1)

PHOTO of Philly_Bob by Janice Moore

MUSIC: Electronic music "13K" from album '98K' by South American label "Sad Martians From (Uranus)" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/DoubleExposure_201903
Link2: archive.org/details/sad_martians_from_98K


March 5, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: CLEAN-UP, TIDY-UP IN LITHUANIA, 1963 (2:32)

From a 1963 newsreel, the state encourages residents to clean up balconies and courtyards.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Scenes from 1963 newsreel "Soviet Lithuania No. 31," depicting disorder in
the courtyards and balconies of the residential houses in Vilnius (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGES: Letter samples from 1933 Australian catalog of architectural
terra cotta decorations; different filters (Link2)

MUSIC: Sonic collage from 2019 album "Musicas Brutas" (trans: 'Raw Music')
by Spanish groups Cuneta (trans: 'Gutter') and Cerca Sonora (trans: 'Close Sound')
(Link3)

Link1: www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/2051903/data_euscreenXL_0200d8c294094c1483f2988b51939ffe.html?q=video#dcId=1551475158959&p=80
Link2: archive.org/details/WunderlichLtd.1933
Link3: archive.org/details/at093_CunetaCercaSonora_01_Eter/at093_CunetaCercaSonora_02_XativarumEspeculaeXilofonito.wav




March 2, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: LAVISH DANCE NUMBER ABOARD OCEAN LINER (2:56)

From a complicated murder mystery set aboard a transatlantic ocean liner, the floor show in the ship's dining room -- very much in fitting with the Depression-era escapism of the time. (Reminds me of current fascination with meh celebrities like the Kardashians.)
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Sequence from ballroom dance number in 1934 mystery film "Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round" (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Spanish movie poster ("Buque sin Puerto"; trans: 'Boat without Port') (Link2)

MUSIC: Electronic Music No. 8 ("Stratosphere in F# Minor") by Australian composer Nicholas Locke (Link3, Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/TransatlanticMerryGoRound
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0025905/mediaviewer/rm2393012480
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Electronic_Music%2C_Op.8_(Locke%2C_Nicholas)
Link4: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/495460


March 1, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: LONG IRISH MEMORIES OF CROMWELL (3:47)

Look up Oliver Cromwell, the 17th century Puritan leader who beheaded the king of England. A divisive figure, who comes down to me (and my Irish Catholic upbringing) as a terrifying figure, although some may have a more positive view. This movie clip/anecdote features Deborah Kerr and Trevor Howard. Stuck to original soundtrack.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & SOUND: 1946 English film "I See a Dark Stranger" with Deborah Kerr and Trevor Howard (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Coat of Arms of Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate; motto: "Pax Quaeritur Bello" (trans: 'Peace Is Sought by War") (Link2)
 
Link1: archive.org/details/ISeeADarkStranger
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Cromwell#/media/File:Coat_of_Arms_of_the_Protectorate_(1653%E2%80%931659).svg

February 27, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: MURDERER SEEKS COMBINATION TO SAFE (4:36)

Another experimental piece. Early versions of this piece sent me into depression because I thought it was too dark and mushy, but I emphasized the darkness and I think Nicholas Locke's music saves it. I combined that music with some audio from the movie (apologies, Mr. Locke) because of the telephone sound effects and Ginger Roger's agonized scream. Tried to adjust music and audio using Audacity, which I'm just learning to use, didn't do great job.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: From 1932 mystery movie "The Thirteenth Guest" starring Ginger Rogers (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: From 1933 Australian catalog of architectural terra cotta decorations (Link2)

MUSIC: 2019 "String Trio #3 in D Minor Op. 15 No. 3 (Moderato Misterioso)" by Australian composer Nicholas Locke (Link3 & Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/WHODUNITNIGHTATTHEBIJOUMysteryDoubleFeature
Link2: archive.org/details/WunderlichLtd.1933
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/String_Trio_No.3_in_D_minor%2C_Op.15_No.3_(Locke%2C_Nicholas)
Link4: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/557810

February 26, 2019
FUNERAL RITES FOR A BELOVED LITHUANIAN COMPOSER (0:39)

Jumped through hoops to gets this 1948 Eastern European newsreel -- copied it from screen -- but I like the surface created by the flowers and the girls' traditional costumes.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: From 1948 newsreel "Tarybų Lietuva" (trans: 'Soviet Lithuania'),  
girls preparing wreath for funeral of composer Juozas Gruodis (Link1)

MUSIC: Excerpt from Gruodis' composition "Song of the Sea" from ballet 'Jūratė and Kastytis' (Link2)

Link1: www.e-kinas.lt/objektas/kinas/0104/soviet-lithuania-no-14#dcId=1551050925998&p=1 
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQCju3jvAEc


February 24, 2019
WHEN NATURAL SOUND CREATES FORM 1:20)

Inventive Australian artist used recorded bird calls to make "bird-like" shapes in this animation. He called them "audio life forms." Another find in the collection of public access video from Europe at www.europeana.eu.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & SOUND: fROM "Nightingale & Canary" animation created by Australian artist Andy Thomas (Link1) using digital technology and watercolor (Link2);  commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Photo of Nightingale by Frebeck (Link3)

Link1: andythomas.com.au/
Link2: www.cartoonbrew.com/cgi/nightingale-and-canary-by-andy-thomas-103017.html
Link3: commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33037774


February 23, 2019
FANCY DRESS WHEN HOLLAND RULED THE WORLD (1:05)

1947 newsreel footage about show in Haarlem town hall displaying old ("traditional") costumes. Found it in a collection of public access video from Europe at www.europeana.eu.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: 1947 Newsreel of showcase of traditional Dutch attire in town hall of Haarlem (Link1)

MUSIC: 2019 Ukelele prelude by Italian Dario Argentesi composer, "Recuerdos de Zhanggang" (Link2; trans: 'Memories of Shanghai')

Link1: openbeelden.nl/media/27678
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/562128

February 22, 2019
SOFT NAUGHTY FROM BEFORE THE HOLLYWOOD CODE (WITH HAIKU) (0:35)

Curious, brief combination of Hollywood glitz sex appeal and a long classical piece connected to some fine poetry.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: from undated "Pre-Code: The Unmentionables" also known as "Show Us Your Undies" by Unknown (Link1)

MUSIC: from "Transience" for four violins and four violas by George L. Smyth (Link2), written for haiku by Debbie Strange:

  transience . . .
  petal by petal
  we let go

Link1: archive.org/details/PreCodeTheUnmentionables
Link2: archive.org/details/Transience_201902


February 21, 2019
MANCUSIAN DIALECT IN ENGLISH MOVIE (2:57)

There is a cultural split in England between residents of the South (like London) and residents of the North (like Manchester). I visited Manchester on a trip to England some years ago, attracted by its industrial past and its world-class newspaper in The Manchester Guardian; while in the area, I visited Robert Oppie's Museum of Brands (which has since moved to London's Notting Hill neighborhood) and several excellent museums. There was once a Manchester School of film-making, now largely disappeared, which highlighted the Manchester accent (known as Mancusian). Note that several parts of the dialog in this snippet are unfamiliar to me, such as the idiom "stopping on."
SOURCES:
VIDEO and AUDIO: From 1935 English dialect comedy "The Right Age to Marry" by Maclean Rogers; product of the short-lived Manchester School of film-making. (Link1) 

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Photo of actor Frank Pettingell, who plays a retired Lancashire cotton mill owner (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheRightAgeToMarry
Link2: www.imdb.com/name/nm0678693/mediaviewer/rm490949632


February 20, 2019
REMEMBERING MY 1980'S ROCK AND ROLL SONGS (3:40)

In musically-vibrant 1980's Detroit ("Motown"), I wrote rock and roll lyrics under the name "Robbie Panek," set to music by my buddy Hugh Cary. Thirty years later, one of those songs, "She Said Why," is still in Hugh's standard repertoire. Here, Hugh composed and performs the music; he once wrote to me about the musical changes that accompany the transition from the complaints in the recitatif/verses to the soaring "She Said Why" chorus:
"The key change is dynamite, going from the minor with the flat 5th sequence to F major 7th and Bb major 7th with diminished chords descending again to the closely related A minor."
I understand nothing of Hugh's musical language -- but the chorus sounds so hopeful -- and this country desperately needs optimism right now! (Maybe I should do a "We Said Why", an attempt at an anthem for the anti-Trump 2020 election.)
Hugh filmed the performance last year on his computer. (You'll notice how good my slightly-younger contemporary Hugh looks! He eats well, bicycles, and has crafted a relatively stress-free living situation.) I adapted Hugh's video somewhat, with an eye to the millenial genre of Vaporwave, which refers back to the graphic styles and music of the 80's and 90's.
I also included an image from my recently completed animation demo at the Plastic Club, part of a busy weekend that also included the last class and exam of my radio production class at PhillyCam.

I have decided to do more writing in these entries. The February animation festival marked a turning point -- perhaps an end point -- and I am reconsidering my options.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"She Said Why", performed 2018 by Hugh C. Cary. Written 1981 by Robbie Panek / Bob Moore.

BACKGROUND IMAGE:
Bob Moore 2019 animation demonstration. Photo by Janice R. Moore.



February 19, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS DURING JAZZ AGE (5:15)

A light English comedy about a handsome sleeping car porter who gets in a green-card marriage with a rich woman.
Showed my short Belgian Army animation in the Sixth Annual Philadelphia Independents animation festival. Also gave a brief demonstration of my technique; unfortunately a few technical problems in my demo. Overall it went well, but sleepless night after late night coffee.
SOURCES:
VIDEO from 1933 English romantic comedy "Sleeping Car" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/SleepingCar


February 18, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: TENSION BETWEEN NAZIS AND NORDICS IN BAR (0:54)

Norwegian resistance forces helped sabotage the manufacture of "heavy water," which slowed (or stopped) German progress toward nuclear weapons.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & AUDIO: 1942 English war film "The Day Will Dawn," released as "The Avengers" in U.S., directed by Paul Soskin (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheDayWillDawn

February 11, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO REPAIR AN AIRFIELD (4:26)

A village turns out to help the French Resistance evacuate a downed flier and a spy. They pause when they hear a truckload of Nazi soldiers (singing) pass by.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & SOUND: 1944 English docudrama "School for Danger," telling the story of two English spies who parachute into Nazi-occupied France; also known as "Now It Can Be Told" (Link1)
 
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Cover of Imperial War Museum Compact Disk of World War II espionage memorabilia (Link2)
 
Link1: archive.org/details/SCHOOLFORDANGERVideoQualityUpgrade
Link2: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205131602


February 2, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: RIGORS OF 1940'S NURSING TRAINING (2:03)

A taste of life in the past.
SOURCES:
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: 1943 English film "The Lamp Still Burns" about a woman who switches careers to go to nursing school during wartime (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Contemporary movie poster (Link2) 

Link1: archive.org/details/TheLampStillBurns
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0036095/mediaviewer/rm1170820096


January 27, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: EARLY DRAMA IN WORLD WAR II (1:04)

Last video before I have to make a selection for the two animation shows coming up. This time, the music is organ music from another productive composer on IMSLP.ORG, Carlotta Ferrari, a young Italian woman, deeply religious in subject matter, who specializes in organ music. Note that both Ferrari and Locke (ysterday) are diligent and productive artists; both pieces of music are from 2019 -- and here it's only January of 2019
Surviving heat outage in my building. My insurance will pay hotel expenses, but so far with adjustment the apartment is livable and I don't want to relocate. We'll see....
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Clip from 1943 English movie "The Flemish Farm," which tells the story of a commando raid to retrieve one unit's regimental colors. (Link1)

MUSIC: "La solitudine degli angeli" (trans: 'The Loneliness of Angels') 2019 organ composition by Italian Carlotta Ferrari (Link2 and 3)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Print "Ange voyageur" (trans: 'Traveling Angel') by 19th century French symbolist Gustave Moreau (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheFlemishFarm
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/La_solitudine_degli_angeli_(Ferrari,_Carlotta)#IMSLP557854
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/557854
Link4: www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/385831893049316621/?lp=true

January 23, 2019
DIGITAL SHOWCASE: MY FAVORITE MODERN COMPOSER (3:50)

These 15 or so months of making videos -- each one requiring a search for musical accompaniment -- has introduced me to a lot of different kinds of music. One of my favorite traditional composers is a young Australian composer named Nicholas Locke. Locke uploads his work to IMSLP.ORG under a creative commons license that allows derivative works. I don't have the musical vocabulary to describe Locke's work, but I find it exciting with some of the best qualities of movie and classical music. Just three instruments in this one: violin, viola, and cello. What do you think?
Personal drama: a fire in the boiler room of my building leaves me without heat. My insurance covers temporary relocation expenses, but, at heart, I'm an old Michigan voyageur/trapper and Janice and I are considering sticking it out by closing off rooms and runnning a space heater.
I re-did the video because to make it more suitable for the upcoming "Dynamism" show at the Plastic Club. Here's the revised:
SOURCES:
MUSIC: "String Trio No.3 in D minor" composed 2019 by Nicholas Locke (Link1 & Link2)
Music visualization by VLC Spectrometer
 
BACKGROUND LAYER #1: Barn Owl from 1923 "Common birds of southeastern United States in relation to agriculture" (Link3)
 
BACKGROUND LAYER #2: Cover design from 1899 "Selected relics of Japanese art" (Link4)
 
FONT: "Executive" font by Woodcutter Manero (Link5
 
Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/557812
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/String_Trio_No.3_in_D_minor,_Op.15_No.3_(Locke,_Nicholas)#IMSLP557810
Link3: archive.org/details/commonbirdsofsou00beal_1
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125015941079
Link5: www.dafont.com/woodcutter-executive.font

January 22, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: CHASE SCENE AT AMUSEMENT PARK (3:04)

More experiments with VideoStudio Mask Creator. Also color from a video clip from StudioBacklot. This may be my entry into Animation Festival or Dynamism Show at Plastic Club. Again, music from Locke; nice to see he uses Aboriginal names for Australian geography. SOURCES:
VIDEO: From PicFixer's collection of public domain clips of 1930's chase scenes called "CLIPSY DOODLE 3 (Cut to the Chase)" (Link1)
 
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Illustration from "Curbed" for article with "Coney Island’s iconic Cyclone roller coaster celebrates its 90th birthday" (Link2)
 
MUSIC: Extract from "Hervey Range - Barringha" from Townsville Suite, Op. 13 by Australian composer Nicholas Locke. 'Barringha' is the aboriginal word for the Hervey Mountain Range in Queensland, Australia. (Link3) Another link: Link4

Link1: archive.org/details/CLIPSYDOODLE3CutToTheChase
Link2: ny.curbed.com/2017/6/25/15870342/coney-island-cyclone-roller-coaster-90th-anniversary
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/557122
Link4: imslp.org/wiki/Townsville_Suite,_Op.13_(Locke,_Nicholas)


January 20, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: TERRITORIAL DISPUTE AT THE HIPPO POOL (1:27)

Some improvement in use of VideoStudio's "Mask Creator" utility, separating the crocodile when it appears; the hippos' color is muted, but the croc's color is natural. Still troubled by my work, and worried about which pieces to enter into the upcoming (but separate) Animation Festival and Dynamism shows at the Plastic Club.
Again, like the last animation, music is from my favorite young composer, Nicholas Locke. I'm not sure this song fits the action -- or whether the January 16 Locke composition fits that action -- but I include them to recommend the young Aussie.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Visitor footage of crocodile who wandered into a "hippo pool" in the Serengeti -- and survived. Originally shared on LatestSightings.com.
(Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Photo of hippo/croc struggle from video (Link2)

MUSIC: Extract from " Castle Hill - Cootheringa" from Townsville Suite, Op. 13 by Australian composer Nicholas Locke (Link3)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMXnhiv3NqY
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=svayHx1F3HA
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/557124
Also: imslp.org/wiki/Townsville_Suite,_Op.13_(Locke,_Nicholas)#IMSLP557124


January 19, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: ENGLISH MYSTERY (0:46)

Another remix of old movies. Added color, removed dialog. Still troubled -- was not able to master VideoStudio's "Mask Creator" utility.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: Clip from 1938 mystery "The Black Doll" featuring Nan Grey (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie poster of the time (Link2)

MUSIC: Extract from "Magnetic Island - Yunbenun" from Townsville Suite, Op. 13 by Australian composer Nicholas Locke (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheBlackDoll
Link2: www.imdb.com/title/tt0029918/
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/557123


January 16, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: DUCK SOUP DIPLOMACY (2:53)

Another remix of old movies. Discontented with these animations lately. February is animation month show at Plastic Club, will have to choose an entry.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & SOUND:
- Clips from 1933 Marx Brothers comedy "Duck Soup" (Link1)
- Clips from 1958 movie "The Lost Missile" (Link2)

BACKGROUND IMAGE:
Movie poster (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/TheLostMissile
Link2: archive.org/details/SONOFCLIPSYDOODLE
Link3: www.imdb.com/title/tt0023969/mediaviewer/rm3547531520


January 13, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: BEGINNING OF MURDER MYSTERY (2:00)

Opening of English mystery with comic overtones, with Gordon Harker in the title role and costarring Alastair Sim as the bumblin playing Scotland Yard detectives, derived from a popular English radio show of the time. "Each week Inspector Hornleigh interrogated various witnesses, one of whom makes some slip which convicts him. The radio audience were invited to match their wits against Inspector Hornleigh's, with the mistake the witness made not being disclosed until the end of the programme.
SOURCES:
VIDEO AND SOUND:

Opening of 1939 English mystery movie "Inspector Hornleigh" (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE:

Movie house placard (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/InspectorHornleigh
Link2: trakt.tv/movies/inspector-hornleigh-1939

January 7, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: HAPPY ENDING (3:00)

First animation done on a new computer system, a refurbished Dell Optiplex 9010, bought from Fred, the friendly corner computer guy, for about $320. Had to reinstall all my programs. Curses upon the digital soul of Adobe, which always makes it difficult.
SOURCES:
VIDEO: From a 1940 English film "21 Days Together" based on John Galsworthy story. Vivien Leigh chases Lawrence Oliver to save him from surrendering to police. (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Publicity shot of Vivien Leigh from "Gone with the Wind." (Link2)

MUSIC: Song "Hegamila" from Khawaga's 2018 album 'ZOO' by Indonesian netlabel Yes/No/Wave Music label (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/21DaysTogether
Link2: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Vivien_Leigh#/media/File:Vivien_Leigh_Gone_Wind.jpg
Link3: archive.org/details/yesno092

January 4, 2019
DIGITAL REMIX: SIMPLE WISH FROM AN INNOCENT TIME (3:13)

A bit of a rush job, trying to finish on the first day of 2019. Enjoyed revisiting the world of the 1930's singing cowboy -- the essential decency, where even a passing cowpoke will get involved in saving a widow's ranch from a greedy land developer. (Nowadays, the greedy land developers are in charge.)
SOURCES:
VIDEO BACKGROUND: Computer abstraction by Scott Draves (Link1)

MOVIE: 1935 movie "Roll Along Cowboy" starring singing cowboy Smith Ballew (Link2)

SONG 1935 song "This Is My Year" by Smith Ballew (Link3)

Link1: scottdraves.com/videos.html
Link2: archive.org/details/RollAlongCowboy# 
Link3: archive.org/details/SmithBallewVocalCollection1925-1935


January 1, 2019
DIGITAL RESTORATION: 1935 MORALITY FILM (4:37)

Two differences from previous entries. (1) I used the audio editing program AUDACITY to adjust the sound, although I wasn't skilled enough to remove the incidental music at about 2:45; (2) my intention was not to "remix" the video to make a new work of art, but simply to improve production values and edit it down to a short, affecting story.
The actor in the final scene (Conrad Veidt) was a refugee from Germany. The actor playing the servant girl (Rene Ray) moved on to become the Countess of Midleton.
SOURCES:
VIDEO & SOUND: Extract from 1935 English film "The Passing of the Third Floor Back" (Link1. First produced as a play in 1908, the moralistic plot tells of a Christ-like Stranger (Conrad Veidt) who straightens out the lives of all the residents of a London boarding house, including an unhappy serving girl (Rene Ray). 

The script was based on a story by Jerome K. Jerome (Link2)
 
Link1: archive.org/details/ThePassingOfTheThirdFloorBack
Link2: www.gutenberg.org/files/865/865-h/865-h.htm


December 30, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: MAYBE ARMAGEDDON TOMORROW (1:28)

I read the news today, oh boy. Russia has been working hard on developing weapons, and Putin is very publicly flexing his muscle. I don't know about the American defenses -- back under Reagan generals were not promoted unless they supported his "Star Wars" antimissile system, and Trump's lack of attention and narrow focus on his self interest don't bode well.
SOURCES:
VIDEO:
Various Russian news videos, December 2018 
 
BACKGROUND IMAGE:
Albrecht Durer's 1498 woodcut "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (Link1)
 
MUSIC:
"Gloomy Sunday (Hungarian Suicide Song)" sung by Greta Keller, 1936 (Link2)
 
Link1: smarthistory.org/albrecht-durer-four-horsemen/
Link2: archive.org/details/GretaKellerCollection1929-1936

December 29, 2018
DIGITAL REMIX: PHILADELPHIA HISTORY TABLEAU (1:37)

Remind me to visit Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River, just a couple miles away from my home, where an obelisk marks the site of the famous elm where the Treaty of Shacamaxon was signed. The peaceful treaty between European settlers and an indigenous people had global significance; Voltaire in 1764 said it was "... the only treaty never sworn to and never broken." Why never sworn to? Quakers claimed always to speak the truth, so they didn't swear oaths; this is why Janice and I were able to get married in Philadelphia City Hall in what is called a "self-uniting marriage -- without swearing to either the State or a Religion, it was just between us.
And never broken? Well, not quite. The treaty lasted nearly 80 years, until the French encouraged the Delawares to commit the Penn's Creek Massacre in 1755. And the Delawares were eventually "relocated" to Oklahoma.
I hail from the American midwest -- Michigan -- where the relations between European settlers and the indigenous tribes (Ottawa, Pottawatomie, and Chippewa) was more troubled at the time of settlement, again because of French imperial ambitions.
SOURCES:

VIDEO: Scene from 1941 English film "The Courageous Mr. Penn," depicting unarmed Quaker William Penn signing a peace treaty with the Delaware Indians in 1683. The peace lasted nearly 80 years, until the French encouraged the Delawares to commit the Penn's Creek Massacre in 1755. (Link1)

BACKGROUND IMAGE: Depiction of the same event (the Treaty of Shackamaxon) by Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi, painted upon the frieze in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Link2)

MUSIC: Title song from album "Finale Finis" by the label 'Jazzaria.' (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/CourageousMrPenn
Link2: www.aoc.gov/art/frieze-american-history/william-penn-and-indians
Link3: archive.org/details/finale-finis

December 26, 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: ENTRY IN MEMBERS CHOICE SHOW (3:25)
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

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.


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

Masthead Portrait by Remo Frangiosa, 2015

12/30/2018