I'm not sure
where the inspiration came from,
but a few months ago I ran two VCRs through
a 2-channel audio mixer and enjoyed the
totally messed up result. It turns out you
can cross-fade video and tweak the signal
using the usual controls: bass, treble, trim.
For Friday's installation at Electric Heavyland
I have built a primitive mixer in the form of a
booth. Step inside, don head-
phones, and "cast your ballot" in seclusion.
In addition to mixing an assortment of source
video tapes, there is an audio feed from an old
elementary school gramophone
records. For this
sample, I mixed footage of G.W.
Bush's inauguration with a driver's ed scare film
about drunk driving. The result is close to voo-doo.
I say this last because I have been reading William
Burroughs on the use of deconstructed media to
achieve political ends. His ideas are interesting.
You can play with the mixer this Friday from 7 - 9 pm.
I will make a recording of the entire session, edit
later and then broadcast on Seattle
cable access TV.
I have no idea why but can't think of reasons why not.
Friday September 16 2005 7 - 9 pm 252 NE 45th St