The Evolution of the Bedouin Tent (as seen through X-Ray hands)
Produced at ETC in 1984 by Peter Chamberlain. Interesting anlog/digital hybrid program/system by Dave Jones but can't remember details...worked with it quite awhile before coming up with this (camera capture of one lens case). Sound track made from hanging a window weight from rafter with nylon string, contact mic attached to string, bowed with violin bow and run live through Yamaha analog delay. X-ray hands had to do with nukes and Bedouin tents somehow referenced a turbulent mid-east, but I can't recall a specific conflict there in 84 (though there has always been something going on there)
Took daughter Iris to ETC residency in 1984 (age 1) and found the best way to entertain her was to use her as subject. Of tekkie interest is the use of the "wobulator', a custom-made tool incorporating a B/W tv with added magnetic coils and controllers...a fave at the Center. Video was another of my many jam sessions exploring all the exciting new tools and systems of production there. The sound track was produced independently at a session in a barn at Robert Gelles' (RIP) home in Kerhonkson, NY (Catskills). While Iris sleep in the open trunk of the car we produced 3 or 4 very nice improvs. Gelles on guitar, Susan (Iris' mom) on vocals, and I was exploring one of the first computer-interfaced keyboards (SCSI I think). Drum tracks were composed by rolling a golf ball haphazardly on a $99 Synsonics drum pad toy sent directly to mix where bass was boosted for a richer feel. These were "no discussion jams" and the words just evolved.
The third "music video" recorded in Robert Gelles' barn. ETC video was manipulated live while listening to song. Musicians; Robert Gelles, guitar, Susan Starr, vocals, Peter Chamberlain, Apple II w/keyboard interface. Drums recorded by rolling golf ball on toy Synsonix drum pads, MXR harmonizer on voice.
5 Minutes Up (State)
In the mid 80's the American Film Institute advertised a competitive traveling video exhibition called "The Other New York", and specified only artists from NY State living outside of NY City could participate. Having already developed a history of urban/rural conflicts in artists' identities and contexts I decided to have some fun with the theme. Consequently, I shot footage of various "upstate" locations and activities with the idea of "giving them city-folk what they expected". As "upstaters" were certainly considered to be basically yahoos, I invited my neighbors who were homesteaders (Jean played accordion in high school but not since, and Dennis, a contractor who played nothing was given a 4' piece of 4" sewer pipe to hum into, the end of which was placed inside the acoustic up right piano for resonance and amplification. Another contractor/friend who actually played pretty good harmonica was included and my then wife Susan sang...while I played the piano. We just set up a simple chord sequence, explained the goal of fulfilling fantasies of upstaters, improvised our way through 5 minutes, and pretty much nailed the first take. When I moved it to the already edited video it happened to fit perfectly. In opposition to my predicted outcome of ruffling some elitist feathers, the video got accepted into the traveling exhibition.
SALVATION ARMY EXERCISE CLASS 1984
Produced at ETC residency in my undies. Again, David Jones had a strange 16 - frame sequencing buffer that was sort of complicated to precisely control. Can't recall where the inspiration or title came from. Music has obviously been chance constructed (from a variety of familiar pieces used elsewhere) as a consequence of the video editing/buffering process. Can't remember details. Strange piece even for me.
Another sample of first hour of exploring the Jone Buffer at ETC. Song from my band SNAKE (1999) thrown on just to have some sound and rhythm accompaniment.
more exploring the Jones Buffer at ETC. Background song by SNAKE, recorded at ZBS studios 1970. No relationship to video.
more first time on the Jones Buffer at ETC. Soundtrack from my old band SNAKE, '99 in Saratoga. No relationship to video.
more first time messin with the Jones Buffer at ETC. Song by SNAKE 1988, Saratoga. Thrown on just to have some sound.