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.
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.
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
The way I work is I develop folders of downloaded images, up to 100 at a time. Then I "harvest" them, recombining them into experimental pieces like my Oct. 12 "PLATES, CELLS, & WATER SPRITE." But then, as I finish up a folder, there are images left over -- usually pretty young women -- that touch me in some simple, romantic, sensual way, and these I work on without wild experimentation. Here is one. SOURCE:
October 18, 20191920'S MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION FOR INSURANCE AD
October 16, 2019MARY PICKFORD, DARK ELF ANIME, SURVEY BOUNDARIES
October 15, 2019IMPEACHMENT BUZZ INCREASES (0:43)
Researching composer Bardia Youssefi, was reminded of richness of Iranian and Persian culture. I am embarassed by American policymakers' desire to go to war with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. Especially depressed by Trump's mistreatment of allies, the Kurds. For the sake of history, Arab leader Saladin (who gave Jerusalem citizens safe passage during one incident in the Crusades) was a Kurd.
VIDEO: Excerpt from 1952 English comedy "Miss Robin Hood" (Link1)
MUSIC: From 2017 composition "Nothing to Nothing" by Iranian composer Bardia Youssefi (Link2)
October 14, 2019PLATES, CELLS, & WATER SPRITE
Three procedural variations of a composite image. Variations due to different treatments of Inkscape traced paths.
October 12, 2019GENUINE UKRAINIAN VOICE: WHY CHERNOBYL?
Ran across an interesting 2015 documentary, "The Soviet Woodpecker," by quirky Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich, who was born around the time of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The documentary inquires into Chernobyl's causes. Alexandrovich's thesis is that the nuclear plant explosion was arranged by Moscow to cover up the failure of an expensive early-warning radar project built next to the nuclear plant. The "Duga" project was known as the Soviet Woodpecker for its unique radio signature. I don't vouch for the accuracy of this thesis, but along the way the film covers much Ukrainian history and gives a sense of the Ukrainian-people versus the Russian-oligarch drama that has suddenly entered American political discourse. The documentary project was cut short when Russian secret police threatened to kill Alexandrovich's son. Spoiler alert: the Trump crew sided with the Russian oligarchs.
It's 82 minutes long. If your video player has a "CC" button, you can get English subtitles.
October 12, 2019FEELS SO GOOD: BOVINE STYLE(1:12)
VIDEO: Cow using wall-mounted device to scratch body parts, originally downloaded from Reddit.com, video watermarked to PETSABS.COM, but I was not able to find it there.
MUSIC: Excerpt from 2019 composition "No Food In The House" by Maryland-based George L. Smyth. It was composed along with Smyth's haiku:
No food in the house
Someone please go to the store
Written for Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Tubular Bells, Cymbals, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass. (Link1)
October 12, 2019COMPASS ROSE, ANGELS & LETTERING SOURCE:
October 11, 2019ENGINEERING CHART, YEARBOOK DESIGN & SWITCHBOARD SOURCE:
October 9, 2019COINS, SPIDERS & SCREWS Theoretically, the second image is a vector graphic, which means it will retain its quality upon enlargement. It is stored in a SVG file of 61K. SOURCE:
October 7, 2019CEILING TILES AND DOODLES SOURCE:
October 7, 2019THREE QUILT DESIGNS ON PATTERNS SOURCE:
October 6, 2019THINKING ON CLIMATE CATASTROPHE(5:45)
Thinking about widespread climate degradation. 1933 film "Deluge", special effects before computers.
Here's Philly-Bob's environmental platform.
Reduce single use plastics
Reduce reliance on fossil fuels
Reduce energy company infuence on environmental policy
I'm not sure how this differs from "Green New Deal" -- except the Green New Deal includes a price tag.
This piece is dedicated to Greta Thurnberg.
VIDEO & AUDIO: 1933 film "Deluge" by Felix Feist, based on science fiction novel by S. Fowler Wright.
October 4, 2019RECOLORING OF MARS & MICROSCOPIC CHARTS AND FIGURE FROM ROMAN CATACOMBS
A kind of faux marble made by combining photos from Mars Lander and cell structures, with a picture from the Roman catacombs overlaid.
October 1, 2019RASTER/VECTOR RECOLORING/RESIZING OF FERN COLLAGE
Recolored second version is a vector image and can be printed any size -- from a locket to the side of a building.
September 30, 2019RASTER/VECTOR TREATMENT OF PEASANT GIRL OF NORMANDY
Portrait of a Norman peasant girl by 19th century French genre painter Leon Bazille Perrault, from an art catalog.
September 28, 2019EGYPTIAN IMPROVISATION IN VECTORS
A normal ink-heavy public domain Photoshop collage, with an added wrinkle of recolored Trace Bitmap paths in Inkscape.
September 28, 2019ITCHY SCRATCHY COOTIES(0:45)
VIDEOS OF SARCOPTES SCABIEI (Scabies parasite):
MUSIC: Song "Verb" from recent album 'On Grid' by Yukiga Futte Ureshii
September 27, 2019DANCER AND COOK ON ISLAMIC COVER DESIGN
Having fun doing these during a period I'm not getting out much. Today, a class I was simultaneously looking forward to -- and dreading -- was cancelled, so I had a night free. Second version: trying for a little more definition.
September 25, 2019MUYBRIDGE MODEL AND BUG ON WEEDS
Another moody, finger exercise -- coded self-pitying message to self.
September 25, 2019ANIMAL ANTENNAE, WINGS, MALE TERMINALIA
More moody, finger exercises -- a coded message to myself. Images of insect anatomy from 2010 "Rhagionidae phylogeny" (Link1).
Second row shows experiments using Inkscape's PATH/TRACE BITMAP command. Not what I intended (it only includes about one-eighth of the image of the first row antenna composition) but it serves as practice and has an interesting abstract look.
September 21, 2019BORIS JOHNSON BIRD ON MUSHROOM CHART
Moody, finger exercise.
September 16, 2019FATHER AND CHILD VICTIMS OF WORLD WAR II
Sometimes I think a good majority of this country has forgotten the horrors that Fascism unleashed on the civilized world 70 years ago.
PICTURE: Photo from 1983 German book "Einsatzgruppen im Verbande des Heere" (Link1: trans. 'Operational Groups [Death Squads] in Association with the Army') showing bombing victims near Kassel, Germany. Foreground shows adult holding child.
OVERLAY: Chart from book of drafting techniques.
September 14, 2019ANXIETY AND PEOPLE DURING DEMOCRATIC DEBATE
Collage composition using three images and the same type as yesterday.
September 12, 2019GIRL WITH PET AND HABIT
Collage composition using three images and the same type as yesterday.
PICTURE: Photograph (probably staged) from 1978 book "Dope Inc: Britain's Opium War Against the U.S." (Link1).
BACKGROUND: Collage of two charts from 1935 book "Color in Sketching and Rendering" (Link2)
FONT: "Kujiwara" (Link3), a design font by Askar Fadhilah
September 11, 2019WAAH-WAAH, WOOH-HOO: TWO SIDES OF PHYSICALITY
Moody expression of ambivalent feelings: disgust at my warm-blooded biology (all too prone to decay) and thrill at the idealizations of beauty and grace. Explanation to follow, perhaps.
CARTOON: Anime character "Cirno" (Link1), an ice fairy, seen in Reddit BANT (International Random) discussion (Link2)
BACKGROUND: Images of diseased feet from 2019 "Nail Disorders" (Link3)
FONT: "Kujiwara" (Link4), a design font by Askar Fadhilah
September 10, 2019EARLY VERSION OF MY FAIR LADY (2:02)
Moving away from EBSYNTH experiements, returning to more serious, classical style. There is an upcoming show at the Plastic Club whose them in "Beneath," and since the Eliza Dolittle story is a story of different class levels, I might enter this; I won an Honorary Mention award, recently, for my entry in the purple show. A lot of sound editing in Audacity.
VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK: 1938 British film "Pygmalion" (Link1) script by George Bernard Shaw, based on 1871 musical by W.S. Gilbert.
Eliza Dolittle is played by Wendy Hiller, Mrs. Pearce by Jean Cadell. Later redone as 1964 film "My Fair Lady"
with Audrey Hepburn as Eliza.
MUSIC: Claude Debussy's 1890 "Clair de Lune" adapted 2017 for a videogame 'LUNA OST' by Kakofonous Dischord and other
students at a Colorado community college. (Link2)
September 9, 2019COSPLAY COSTAR DISS TRACKS (1:14)
A selection of three cuts from cosplay Internet celebrity named BONIBONKERS, who appears frequently on Tik Tok. BONIBONKERS, of ambiguous gender and ethnicity, but undeniable cuteness, is a celebrity among Cosplay fans. Part innocence, part bitch, all lip-synching. The first cut is a pantomine to soundtrack from a recording of Alice in Wonderland. The second cut is from a "Diss Track" (insult song) aimed at another cosplayer, Mia Khalifa, who offended local custom in some way: "You got a boyfriend/ I bet he doesn't kiss ya/ He gon' find another girl and he won't miss ya"). Typical teenager insult. The last, loud cut ("Kitty Kitty") I haven't been able to identify.
Not happy with results, will skip bibliographic work and titling. Again, using EBSYNTH tool. Returns to 1920x1080 YouTube size, which I find too large for my webpage. Hit the four-bracket-square control at the far right of the screen to size the image to your screen.
September 4, 2019EXERCISE IN NEW NEURAL ART PROGRAM: COSPLAY STAR
Testing out a new neural art program, DreamPaint. Neural art programs use Artificial Intelligence techniques to apply the graphics of one image to another target image. Here, I apply it to three still images of an Internet cosplay performer, Bonibonkers, from my current video.
Links: www.dreampaint.art September 3, 2019INKSCAPE EXERCISES: COVER, PAPER, DISTORTED FACE
Collage of a fruit bowl magazine cover, a wallpaper pattern, and a cinematographer's example of scene distortion.
Slowly gaining proficiency in Inkscape.
Links: TBA September 2, 2019USING NEW VIDEO TECHNIQUE (EBSYNTH) V
Again with the EBSYNTH. A sweet love story from a 62-year-old movie.
VIDEO & AUDIO: Excerpt from 1947 film "It Happened on Fifth Avenue" (Link1), featuring Charles Ruggles and Ann Harding. The film tells the story of a group of people squatting in an abandoned Fifth Avenue mansion during the post-WWII housing crisis.
TECHNICAL NOTE: New application "Ebsynth" (Link2) used to apply color to video. Image on last page shows Ebsynth control panel. Ebsynth was written by Prague-based company SCRTWPNS (SeCReTWeaPoNs).
August 31, 2019INKSCAPE EXERCISES: OLD ARABIC PATTERN
Distorted and recolored, an illustration from a 2019 book "Glimpses Of Mughal Architecture" (Link1) by Umair Mirza. The Muslim Mughals ruled India for two centuries. This is a tiled panel.
Slowly gaining proficiency in Inkscape.
Link1: archive.org/details/glimpsesofmughalarchitecture August 28, 2019RUSSIAN PRINT: RIVER STYX FERRYBOAT ARRIVES
From a 1928 Russian exhibition catalog, entitled "Kataloh vystavky hraviura i rysunok orhanizovannoi" (Link1), a spooky Halloween-style engraving (or woodcut) of what seems to be a rowboat carrying a passenger from the Land of the Living (lower right) to the Underworld. The three skeletons in the cemetery merit a second look. Two of them have long beards, and a third seems to be female. SOURCE:
Link1: archive.org/details/frick-31072003189919 August 26, 2019CONTEMPORARY ANTI-RASPUTIN CARTOON
Historical figure Rasputin in a critical cartoon of the time, portraying him as a womanizing, warmongering false preacher. Used Inkscape to simplify it into an image that could be blown up to the size of skyscraper without loss of detail. From the 1927 book "Rasputin, Der Heilige Teufel" (Link1; trans: 'Rasputin: The Holy Devil'). Rasputin comes to mind because of some of the seedy characters in the current administration. SOURCE:
Link1: archive.org/details/rasputinderheiligeteufel August 26, 2019USING NEW VIDEO TECHNIQUE (EBSYNTH) IV
Again with the EBSYNTH. The action-packed close of a 1941 movie about a German spy trying to fool a village of Englishmen. SOURCES:
VIDEO: Ending from 1941 English movie "Cottage to Let." The Nazi spy is masquerading in a Royal Air Force uniform but is detected by clever townspeople; finallyhe is trapped in a funhouse with mirrors at a village carnival. (Link1)
MUSIC: Excerpt of song 'Gamborimbo' from 2019 album "Acoustic DJ" by Taker 51/Raul Diaz of Avila Spain (Link2; gamborimbo is Spanish for a piece of excrement stuck to the hairs of the anus, similar to the vulgar English "Dingleberry")
August 25, 2019CAPTIONED COLLAGE
Experimenting with a graphic style: public domain collage, followed by GIMP and Photoshop filters, then neural-style filter and Inkscape bitmap transfer. Short poetry. No biblio now.
August 23, 2019 CLICK-BAIT HEADLINE: 1918 FLU SCENE
A second work based on a previously used photo from Philadelphia's 1918 "Spanish Flu" epidemic (Link1). Combined with an image from a 1966 book of Italian folklore, "Guida. All' Italia. Leggendaria. Misteriosa. Insolita. Fantastica" (Link2; trans: 'Guide. To Italy. Legendary. Mysterious. Unusual. fantastic').
I've been reading about recent changes in journalism. Big fortunes have gone to folks who specialized in 'click-bait' -- a style of writing and presentation that emphasizes sensationalism and emotional appeal. For example, check out the patient-zero website, BuzzFeed.com or UrbanDictionary's definition. Today, I'm using a 'click-bait' style headline. SOURCE:
Link2: archive.org/details/guida.allitalia.leggendaria.misteriosa.insolita.fantastica August 22, 2019ILLUSTRATION FOR STAG POEM
Relaxing with art. Nothing in mind. From a 1957 "Tiger" men's magazine (Link1). The poem ("Letter from a father to a son") is a simple poem describing in great detail a woman undressing. Look it up for a laugh.
This is also a kind of finger exercise in Inkscape, to get me on track during a time of some confusion. SOURCE:
Link1: archive.org/details/tiger1957vol02no01 August 21, 2019HOLY FAMILY
Relaxing with art. Processing recent experience. Biblio notes later (or not at all).
This is also a kind of finger exercise in Inkscape. SOURCE: August 20, 2019TANK HULL AGAINST CHURCH CEILING
Relaxing with art. Biblio notes later (or not at all).
This is also a kind of finger exercise in Inkscape. SOURCE: August 19, 2019USING NEW VIDEO TECHNIQUE (EBSYNTH) III
Again with the EBSYNTH plus Photoshop. Interior shots of an old BWR (Boiling Water Reactor) nuclear power plant. Slow but steady progress. Finally got music in -- a Spanish guitar intro. Also use of digital manipulation from three sources: neuralstyle.art, Photoshop, VideoStudio. SOURCES:
VIDEO: Extract from 1969 Indian government newsreel "A Dream Fulfilled" (Link1) about opening of nuclear power plant. The Tarapur plant is still running, although experts warn it is vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis and should be decommissioned.
MUSIC: Extract from 2019 song "Ipaco" on album 'Acoustic DJ' (Link2) by Raul Diaz of Avila, Spain.
Link2: archive.org/details/taker51-acousticdj2019 August 19, 2019SICK SISTERS IN PHILLY DURING 1918 EPIDEMIC
The flu epidemic of 1918 struck a world just finishing up a ruinous European war. It spread around the world. Here, from a Philadelphia source (Link1), a little sister sobs next to the bed of her flu-stricken big sister, whose husband has gone to war.
This is a kind of finger exercise in Inkscape. SOURCE:
August 16, 2019USING NEW VIDEO TECHNIQUE (EBSYNTH) II
Slow but steady progress. No music again, sorry. SOURCES:
VIDEO: "Nina Dobrev Head Orgasm" uploaded to YouTube by George Orwell (Link1). Dobrev is a Canadian actress known for her work on "The Vampire Diaries."
IMAGE: Processing with Secret Weapons' digital manipulation program EBSYNTH. Screen shot of control panel shown in last frame.
Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvLMyIHJkys August 16, 2019USING NEW VIDEO TECHNIQUE (EBSYNTH)
First successful rendering of old movie footage using a newly introduced video tool called EBSYNTH. Hard to figure out.
May return to video work. No sound, couldn't figure out how to TWEET it to EBSYNTH.
Another win today: Ted Gutswa and I successfully printed two large pictures on NextFab's Epson 9700. August 13, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XXI August 9, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XX
The infamous MBS, Mohammad bin Salman, who came to power in Saudi Arabia by imprisoning, torturing, and killing his family. Murdered a journalist for an American paper. Good friends with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is said to have supplied him with American intelligence. August 10, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XIX
Just read a book on Oxycontin crisis. Disgusting misuse of science. The maker of Oxycontin publicized a letter to the editor in a medical journal in 1980 which claimed that "opioid medications caused addiction in less than 1% of patients." Doctors believed it, but later found out the actual addiction rate is as high as 56%.
Same scientific chicanery on tobacco in the 1980's and on climate change today.
Main image is an illustration by Bill Ashman for a 1952 "Amazing Stories" (Link1). The story is an early story (title: "Idiot Command") by well-known writer John Jakes.
In the background, two overlapping images:
One is a handwritten antisemitic rant by psuedonymous 'Some Nobody' entitled "Go Against The Macabes Zionist Nazarene Israeli Mossad Msm Gov Corporate Shills." (Link2) The writer's craziness leads to an interesting texture, distasteful and destructive as the writer's ideas are. Other ideas: the benefits of semen retention, the danger of chemtrails, and Martians are responsible for the idea of God.
The other is an illustration showing a small intestine from the 1911 "The mechanical factors of digestion" (Link3).
The font is Street-Stencil by Woodcutter (Link4). Sources:
Link4:www.dafont.com/street-stencil August 8 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XVIII
Similar work. Sources TBA.
August 3 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XVII
A collage of two items: (1) the typography of a Hungarian cover for the 1914 book "Régi magyar asszonyok" (Link1; trans: 'Old Hungarian Women') and (2) an illustration from the 1967 catalog of the "Boynton Waddell company catalog of embossed wood mouldings" (Link2).
Going far afield in this sidetrack. That's what a creative person does, that's what Art is.
Second version is color version I prepared for the upcoming class on color printing at NextFab. It uses two fonts (Lomtrian and Street Stencil) I've described previously (Link3, Link4).
Link4:www.dafont.com/street-stencil August 1,2 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XVI
Advertisement for Harley-Davidson motorcycles in a 1950's men's magazine, like Popular Mechanics (Link1)
Link1: Link lost
August 1, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XV
Illustration from 2016 book "Historia De La Espana Medieval" by Montalvo (Link1) shows rubble from a destroyed 10th century Islamic palace on the outskirts of Cordoba, Spain. The caption (translated) is "Fragments of a Dream."
Same font as yesterday (Link2). Image was done wholly in Photoshop, having trouble in Inkscape. (Link2).
July 30, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XIV
Another fan screenshot from a Reddit group (Link1) following the heavy teenage soap opera Euphoria. The picture shows character Nate, football star and bully, a true villain.
Same font as yesterday. Image was done partly in Photoshop, partly in Inkscape. (Link2).
July 29, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XIII
Fan screenshot from a Reddit group (Link1) following the heavy teenage soap opera Euphoria. The picture shows character Rue, played by Disney acting factory product Zendaya; her role is as a recovering/relapsing drug addict who has fallen in love with a beautiful (but incomplete; i.e., still with penis) M-to-F transexual Jule.
Image was done partly in Photoshop, partly in Inkscape. I have until August 17 to end my $20/month cloud subscription to Adobe Illustrator and learn to work in $0/month Inkscape. Click on image to enlarge. The font is Street Stencil, by my favorite font-creator, Spanish Woodcutter (Link2).
July 28, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XII
Illustration of dancers from 1912 book "Seidl, Arthur. Die Hellerauer Schulfeste Und Die Bildungsanstalt Jaques Dalcroze" (Link1; trans: 'Seidl, Arthur. The Hellerauer Schulfeste and the educational institution Jaques Dalcroze'). Dalcroze developed a method of music teaching called "Eurhythmics." The piece is intended as a wall stencil.
We were clumsy and needed help -- clearly newbies -- but Ted and I got a job done on the laser cutter today. A milestone in a journey that began early in June.
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July 24, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS XI
Collage of three parts of a mortise door-lock set from a 1900 catalog of hardware (Link1). The three parts are the door knob, the finger plate, and the bell handle.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), Ted and I go for our first session on the NextFab lasercutter. Nervous.
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July 23, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS X
Woodcut of three men and three women being burned at the stake during the Catholic/Protestant conflict in England. The image is taken from the 1631 "The Mirrour of Martyrs" by John Foxe. It is reprinted in the 2011 "Martyrs' Mirror: Persecution and Holiness in Early New England" (Link1). The book explains "the folklore of martyrdom among seventeenth-century New England Protestants, exploring how they imagined themselves within biblical and historical narratives of persecution. Memories of martyrdom, especially stories of the Protestants killed during the reign of Queen Mary in the mid-sixteenth century, were central to a model of holiness and political legitimacy."
Tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon is the laser-cutting class I have been looking forward to. It will determine whether and when Ted and I will be certified to run designs on NextFab's lasercutter machine.
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July 19, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS IX
French traditional artist Charles Muller's 1875 painting "Charlotte Corday in Prison", from an 1895 collection of engravings of famous "tableux" (defined as 'a group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history; a tableau vivant.' The volume is called "Les Tableaux célèbres du monde : collection de reproductions photographiques de chefs-d'oeuvre modernes comprenant deux cent cinquante-six beaux spécimens de l'art ... des principaux musées de collections particulières célèbres ou des ateliers d'artistes éminents" (Link1) Beautiful proto-feminist self-educated farm girl Charlotte Corday is known for her bathtub assassination of out-of-control Revolutionary leader Jean Paul Marat. It's a good story, relevant today as the cloak of legitimacy is slipping on the current administation and we the people face troubling issues, such as degrees of progressive zeal (impeachment v. election, AOC v. Pelosi). Sometimes 2019 America feels like pre-revolutionary France.
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July 18, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS VIII
A fractal from the just-published "The Family Tree Of Fractal Curves" (Link1) by Jeffrey Ventrella. I have been following fractals for decades, and Ventrella has made a new contribution, a "taxonomy" of fractals. The delicate curve shown is labeled "A self-crossing curve of the family E(3,0) splined."
Click on image to enlarge.
July 17, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS VII
This one marks my extreme alienation from crass and cruel Trumpian America. Been especially watching the Jeffrey Epstein story. It seems sexual ethics are just for the poor and are routinely ignored by the rich -- even by the most fervent Christian fundamentalists.
The image is entirely imaginary. It's meant to look like a figure in a textbook. The language at the top is Lomtrian, an imaginary alphabet font which I described on July 11 (Link1). The two images are from the 1956 "Concrete Manual, 6th edition" by the U.S. Department of the Interior. (Link2)
The next class for my laser-cutting certification is Saturday, 7/20; my friend Ted and I are studying hard for it. This design, with the black part cut out, I may use as a stencil.
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July 16, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS VI
Background is a cover design for the 1868 "The Muse's Pageant: Myths And Legends Of Ancient Greece" (Link1).
Center foreground are two plastic molds for a model of a Yak-25 airplane, from the 2013 "Soviet Spyplanes Of The Cold War" (Link2). The plastic mold displays some of the island/bridge, foreground/background issues that I'm thinking about in lasercutting design.
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July 15, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS V
Background is an ad for products and supplies used in a mechanical drawing instrument called a Meccanograph (also called a Spirograph), from a 1977 issue of "Meccano Magazine" (Link1).
Foreground is a character from a dingbat font called "Lomtrian." American Font designer "Rym" explains, winningly, "Alien font made for a project that never really took off. Feel free to use it for anything!" (Link2)
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July 11, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS IV
Still one more attempt at laser-cutting design. Again, I can't run this on the lasercutting machine until I am certified. The next step in certification is a class on July 20. Illustration from 1962 "Guide to Modern Clothing" (Link1) and overlaid design is from dingbat font "Ampersand" by one of my favorite font designer. (Link2).
On second thought, I don't this will work with white as cut-out, because the central section of the ampersand is an "isolated black" -- an island -- and will drop out.
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July 10, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS III
Another attempt at laser-cutting design. I think this will work, although I can't really tell until I get them on the laser-cutting machine. Image is from a 1950 Mémoires du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (Link1)
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July 10, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS II
Another attempt at laser-cutting design. I think it is flawed. The death-head circles have nothing to stabilize them in the composition. Fooling around with the color. Background is an Arabic window design, source unknown. Foreground death-heads are from a dingbat in the Skallae font of Serbian designer Vladimir Nikolic. (Link1)
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July 10, 2019WORK ON LASER CUTTING DESIGNS
Just to let you folks know I'm still here. Working hard to learn the contemporary laser-cutting machine. Learning Adobe Illustrator (needed for specifying laser-cutting operation). I still haven't been trained on the laser-cutting machine itself. Anyway, here's a sample of the work I'm setting up for the laser cutter. Imagine the white areas are cut out. The image is a selection from the cover of
an undated edition of the public domain "The Original Folk And Fairy Tales Of The Brothers Grimm" (Link1) The cutout illustration is by Andrea Dezso, a contemporary artist.
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July 8, 2019BRUTAL MURDER OF CHINESE SLAVES (1:14)
A horrifying scene from a 1948 thriller, as a narcotics cop aboard a Coast Guard cutter observes slaves chained to an anchor jettisoned from a smuggler's ship into the ocean.
Did a little study of worldwide slavery in doing this piece, and discovered that slavery has occurred in almost every country, but American slavery was especially odious because it was based on race. Some observers suggest that American slavery should be termed "racialized slavery" to distinguish it from other forms.
The funeral music was written after a 1652 accident when a popular "lutenist" (a musician who plays the lute) named Charles Fleury, known as Blancrocher, died in a fall down a flight of stairs. The composer Johann Jakob Froberger was with Fleury at the time. Fleury was so popular that three other composers, besides Froberger, wrote funeral songs in his honor.
VIDEO: Excerpt from 1948 movie "To The Ends of the Earth" by Sidney Buchman (Link1)
MUSIC: 1652 "Tombeau (Funeral song) in C-minor" by Johann Jakob Froberger, performed 2019 by Richard Siegel on Harpsichord, Cembalo, and Clavecin (Link2; Permalink: Link3)
June 16, 2019SELF PORTRAIT 2019
Going through a lot of changes as I get to the half-way point of my 74th year. I may not have time for a while for the videos/animations. But my life is interesting and I'm learning new things. Click on image to enlarge.
NA June 13, 2019PRO-WAR PROPAGANDA THAT LED TO INCALCULABLE SUFFERING (1:47)
In 1937, as World War II was beginning, Japanese and Germany film-makers collaborated on a pro-war propaganda film, "The Samurai's Daughter," which painted a picture of fascism's resistance to personal freedom and self-righteous sense that they were entitled to conquer neighboring countries. The joint collaboration did not go over well -- Japanese thought it was condescending. And what really hurts was its depiction of peaceful pastoral farming scenes as justification for the brutalities that were to follow.
Note the beautiful movie poster used as a floating background. Original are sold online for $130,000!
VIDEO: Excerpts from 1937 joint German/Japanese propaganda film "TochterDesSamurai" (Link1; trans: 'Daughter of the Samurai').
(1) Still of "Casualties of a mass panic during a June 1941 Japanese bombing of Chongqing" (Link2)
(2) Still of editorial cartoon from U.S. Army film "Battle of China" (Link3)
BACKGROUND IMAGE: 1937 movie publicity poster (Link4)
MUSIC: Excerpt from 2019 composition "The Madder Red Of The Twilight" by Maryland-based George L. Smyth (Link5)
June 13, 2019DID GEORGE LUCAS SEE THIS OLD WESTERN? (1:52)
40 years before George Lucas's 1977 Star Wars, in which a major plot element is the discovery that villain Darth Vader is the father of heroic young Luke Skywalker, there was this 1936 western with a similar plot -- in reverse.
"Talking movies" were only a decade old, and the sound was poor despite my attempts to fix it in Audacity. So I added subtitles -- an evening's work.
A personal note. My creative journey has taken an unexpected turn, more technical than artistic. I have joined the artist and innovator's workshop NextFab, along with my buddy Ted; we intend to learn how to use a laser cutting machine. This is going to require me to learn a vector graphic program (like Adobe Illustrator of Inkscape) to write the machine control program.
In addition, I have also decided to pick up my old interest in the programming language Python.
Not sure how this will affect my experiments in video and animation.
VIDEO: Excerpt from 1936 western "The Idaho Kid" starring Rex Bell, with Earl Dwire (shown) (Link1)
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Stained glass window from Lyon Cathedral, shown in 1982 "Zeitvergleich : Malerei und Grafik aus der DDR" (Link2; trans: 'Time Comparison: Painting and Graphics from the GDR')
MUSIC: Excerpt from 2019 song "#409" on album "Gently Close The Mouth" by Japanese electronic
music composer Takahiro Mukai (Link3)
June 7, 2019SPOOKY ARTIST AND MODEL IN MUSEUM (1:29)
The old Egyptian mummy setup restaged to the volcanic ruins of Pompei. He was a roman gladiator who fell in love with a noble lady -- who happens to reincarnated today. I speeded the action up by 150% -- can you tell?
VIDEO: Excerpt from 1958 horror movie "Curse of the Faceless Man", with Elaine Edwards, shown. (Link1)
MUSIC: Excerpt from 2019 "Everything, And More" by Maryland-based musician George L Smyth, a piece using Clarinet, Baritone Horn, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, String Bass and Voice. (Link2)
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Collage based on paint samples from 1923 Sears Roebuck & Co. mail order catalog. (Link3)
June 2, 2019COMPETING FOR GOVERNMENT STAGECOACH CONTRACT (0:46)
A very young John Wayne as a Pony Express rider, laid off after that system is closed, who decides to open a stagecoach line. The government arranges a race to decide who gets a $25,000 mail contract.
VIDEO: Excerpt from 1936 Republic Pictures western "Winds of the Wasteland" starring John Wayne (Link1)
MUSIC: Excerpt from 1957 performance of "Trio Sonata in F major" by Italian composer Giuseppe Sammartini (1695—1750) (Link2; permalink Link3); performers are Mario Duschenes (recorder), Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (harpchichord).
June 2, 2019
A Note on Captions and Translations
Recently I learned how to add English subtitles to foreign-language films. It came about because I have been hearing good things about the Russian movie "T-34," a World War II story about a struggle of wills between a German and Russian tank commander, with lots of action, a love story, and a very Russian view of the superiority of the T-34 model tank (introduced in 1940) over the German Panzer tank. Anyway, I ran across a video of the film (labeled "Public Domain") on archive.orghere. Then I found a website that contained numerous SRT files that contain the captions in various languages. The SRT file website is subscene.com, specifically here. I downloaded a T-34 English caption file, and then went through the labor of merging the video file and the SRT file. Like so many things on the Internet, this was not easy because instructions were contradictory, recommending different products, such as here. I used Movavi, which I already own. The hassle was worth it. The captions were well-written and timed perfectly with the action.
THIS COULD BE INTERESTING: REACTION SHOT (0:05)
Reaction Shots are brief clips that demonstrate a reaction or response. They are often used on Internet chat boards instead of comments. Here is one, adapted from a 1947 English circus movie, "Dual Alibi," showing circus clowns watching acrobats.
Others are here (searching "Reaction Shot" on Google/Images). We live in an inarticulate age.
VIDEO: Excerpt from 1947 English circus movie, "Dual Alibi." (Link1)
May 31, 2019VIDEOCOLLAGE: 1920 HOLLYWOOD FLAPPER AND 2019 NORTH CAROLINA RAPPER (0:42)
Another juxtaposition. Louise Brooks is an interesting and tragic Hollywood figure. And although I often dislike rap, I like the stylings of A. Moss.
VIDEO: Excerpt from 1929 early talkie mystery film "The Voice from beyond the Grave" with William Powell and Lorraine ("Lulu" Brooks (shown). (Link1)
MUSIC: Excerpt from 2019 album from Winston-Salem, NC, white rapper A. Moss entitled "Carolina Raised." (Link2)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 1: Illustration from 1928 issue of Ukrainian magazine "Hart" (Link3)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 2: Six photographs of a patient with catalepsy from 1893 "La photographie médicale : application aux sciences médicales et physiologiques" (Link4)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 3. Advertising for commercial weighscale from 1917 "Hardware World" (Link5)
May 29, 2019MUSIC VIDEO: VILLA-LOBOS GUITAR EXERCISE (2:18)
An odd-sounding (to my untutored ear) guitar composition, commissioned by Andres Segovia.
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)
May 16, 2019VIDEOCOLLAGE: THE CONSCIENCE OF AN EVIL PERSON (0:54)
Video allows a depth of connection between meaning and texture.
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)
May 14, 2019REMIX: 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".
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)
May 13, 2019REMIX: 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.
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')
May 10, 2019STREAM 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]"
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)
May 7, 2019STREAM 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!
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)
May 6, 2019STREAM 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.
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)
May 4, 2019STREAM OF UNCONSCIOUS: DREAM #2 (1:39)
Another dream image, in the Drinking from the Fire Hose series.
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)
May 1, 2019STREAM 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.
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)
April 29, 2019OLD 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.
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)
April 24, 2019PERSONAL 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.
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)
April 24, 2019WHIMSICAL MISCELLANOUS REMIX: GAME PLAY, PINUP, DESIGN (1:34)
An experimental piece -- departing from the old movie motif.
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)
April 17, 2019OLD 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.
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)
April 14, 2019OLD MOVIE MORPH MIX: INNOCENT BEDROOM ACCOMODATIONS (1:14)
A 1931 romantic comedy / mystery story.
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)
April 12, 2019OLD 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.
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)
April 7, 2019OLD 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.
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)
April 5, 2019OLD 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.
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)
April 3, 2019OLD 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.
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)
April 2, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
March 30, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
March 29, 2019DIGITAL REMIX: FRENCH REVOLUTION DRAMA IN NOIR STYLE (2:15)
Stopping Robespierre and the Reign of Terrors
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)
March 25, 2019DIGITAL REMIX: ADVENTURE ON FERRY BOAT (3:56)
I lived on Staten Island for many years and took that ferry.
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)
March 23, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
March 23, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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).
March 20, 2019DIGITAL REMIX: HOW LADIES RESPOND TO PROPOSALS OF MARRIAGE (1:31)
Final piece from my analysis of this rather fussy, English movie. Fourth of four.
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English costume drama "The Man in Grey" by Edward Black, starring James
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie lobby poster (Link2)
March 19, 2019DIGITAL REMIX: CINEMATIC FORESHADOWING AS GYPSY READS FUTURE (1:18)
More anti-women stuff from this 1940 English film. Third of four.
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English costume drama "The Man in Grey" by Edward Black, starring James
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie lobby poster (Link2)
March 19, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
March 18, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
March 14, 2019DIGITAL REMIX: PLEASE TERMINATE THIS SHOCKING SPECTACLE (0:55)
More anti-women stuff from this 1940 English film.
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English costume drama "The Man in Grey" by Edward Black, starring James
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie lobby poster (Link2)
March 14, 2019DIGITAL 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.
VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1943 English costume drama "The Man in Grey" by Edward Black, starring James
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Movie lobby poster (Link2)
March 13, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
March 12, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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.
March 11, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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:
the pull of a planet
Rad more of Australian Ford's poetry at (Link3)
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.
VIDEO & AUDIO: Nightclub scene from 1945 "Club Havana," featuring character actor Rene Riano (Link1)
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Cinema placard from 1945 (Link2)
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.
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)
March 6, 2019DIGITAL REMIX: 1940'S EMPOWERED WOMAN BLURS BARRIERS (0:31)
From a 1944 movie, female reporter bypasses competition and fools butler to get the story.
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)
March 5, 2019DIGITAL REMIX: CLEAN-UP, TIDY-UP IN LITHUANIA, 1963 (2:32)
From a 1963 newsreel, the state encourages residents to clean up balconies and courtyards.
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')
March 2, 2019DIGITAL 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.)
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)
March 1, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
February 27, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
February 26, 2019FUNERAL 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.
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)
February 24, 2019WHEN 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
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)
February 23, 2019FANCY 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
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')
February 22, 2019SOFT 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.
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
February 21, 2019MANCUSIAN 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."
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)
February 20, 2019REMEMBERING 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.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"She Said Why", performed 2018 by Hugh C. Cary. Written 1981 by Robbie Panek / Bob Moore.
Bob Moore 2019 animation demonstration. Photo by Janice R. Moore.
February 19, 2019DIGITAL 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.
VIDEO from 1933 English romantic comedy "Sleeping Car" (Link1)
February 18, 2019DIGITAL 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.
VIDEO & AUDIO: 1942 English war film "The Day Will Dawn," released as "The Avengers" in U.S., directed by Paul Soskin (Link1)
February 11, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
February 2, 2019DIGITAL REMIX: RIGORS OF 1940'S NURSING TRAINING (2:03)
A taste of life in the past.
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)
January 27, 2019DIGITAL 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....
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)
January 23, 2019DIGITAL 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:
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
January 22, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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
January 20, 2019DIGITAL 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.
VIDEO: Visitor footage of crocodile who wandered into a "hippo pool" in the Serengeti -- and survived. Originally shared on LatestSightings.com.
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)
January 19, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
January 16, 2019DIGITAL 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.
VIDEO & SOUND:
- Clips from 1933 Marx Brothers comedy "Duck Soup" (Link1)
- Clips from 1958 movie "The Lost Missile" (Link2)
Movie poster (Link3)
January 13, 2019DIGITAL 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.
VIDEO AND SOUND:
Opening of 1939 English mystery movie "Inspector Hornleigh" (Link1)
Movie house placard (Link2)
January 7, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
January 4, 2019DIGITAL 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.)
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)
January 1, 2019DIGITAL 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.
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)
December 30, 2018DIGITAL 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.
Various Russian news videos, December 2018
Albrecht Durer's 1498 woodcut "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (Link1)
"Gloomy Sunday (Hungarian Suicide Song)" sung by Greta Keller, 1936 (Link2)
December 29, 2018DIGITAL 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.
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)
December 26, 2018DIGITAL REMIX: ENTRY FOR LINES SHOW (1:02)
Upcoming exhibition at Plastic Club has the theme of "Lines."
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)
July 31, 2018DIGITAL 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)
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)
- Charts from 1909 Finnish book on Hypnotism (Link3)
- Electrical Utility Systems Board from 1933 "Sweet Engineering Catalogue" (Link4)
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