Direct Mp4 download or play: Easter 1987
Here is another happy, lazy afternoon at my grandmother’s home in Santa Rosa, California. It’s Easter Sunday, April 19th which ironically is also Richard Lyons’ birthday. I can’t quite remember, but I think he may have actually been married to a woman at this time. I could be wrong, can’t remember. As I mentioned in my post “Birthday 1988,” there would be more from “The Egg People” in another post and this is it! “The Egg People” were created by my mother, a day or so earlier and they represent my mother, my father, my grandmother, and myself. They show up at the beginning and then later on at about 20:28, as I knock each “egg person” off the back of a chair. It seems to me this could have been the order that each member of my family including myself ceases to exist. It didn’t work out that way, but all “egg persons” were knocked off the chair so my time must be near. I do understand, this is ridiculous, however.
I used my Sony CCD-V110 camcorder for the video. At two points in the video an external inexpensive electret condenser microphone (same as the ones I’ve experimented with more recently) was used and powered by plugin phantom power supplied by the camcorder.The sound quality is slightly different and the two places where this happens are at 22:15 to 25:31 and 38:42 to the end. The sound is monophonic for the entire video and recorded on a single AFM (Audio Frequency Modulation) track on 8-millimeter video tape. The video quality is similar to VHS with less than 300 lines of horizontal resolution.
Direct mp3 download or play: My Eviction – Text To Speech Play
This is something I made quickly, so it’s a bit sloppy. I do have an (unreasonable) fear this could actually happen to me since I live alone (do not go to doctors) and likely will do so for the rest of my life. Seattle has become the hottest housing market in the country and I have a feeling people have their eyes on this house. There are lot’s of wealthy bright young newcomers that can’t wait for the inevitable. It could be sooner rather than later, but I do seem to be inspired about my blog, at least for the moment. Twin Peaks is helping, too.
Some of this audio could end up on a Negativland release, but everyone I know is very, very quiet right now, maybe thinking about North Korea.
Direct mp3 download or play: VH20170907_021336-1
Here’s some noise I made really fast, for no special reason other than just to have fun with free VST plugins. I didn’t even bother to come up with a title other than the file name from VSTHost. Maybe I did this just because I watched Twin Peaks, episode number eight. Or not. I’m not sure. Oh well, I don’t know! Just dumb, I guess. By the way, what are those gauges?
On September 5th, 2017 smoke from fires burning in the Cascade mountains drifted west over Seattle and all of the Puget Sound area. It was so dense the temperature never reached the 90 plus degrees Fahrenheit as was predicted. It barely made it above 80 degrees. The smoke stayed up high, so at ground level the visibility was quite good. Here are a couple of pictures of the sun, one looking east in the morning from my deck and the other looking west in the evening from my living room window.
Here are my favorite workplace training films. They are all from 1958 and 1959 and produced by the same company, “The Calvin Company.” All are from Prelinger Archives and A/V Geeks on The Internet Archive. Be aware the audio is much louder on “Enforcing Rules And Procedures” and “The Bright Young Newcomer,” the last two on the list. By the way, “The Bright Young Newcomer” is my favorite because of the “sassy” interaction between the women. I noticed also at about :34 on “The Trouble With Women” there appears to be a Hewlett – Packard audio oscillator (possibly a 200B) sitting on the top shelf, just left of center. I own one of those units and hope to put up a post about it soon.
Sometime in the 1980s, Negativland used this educational film in a performance at a small planetarium in Oakland, California. I actually own a 16-millimeter copy of the film, but it is in such poor condition, I decided to present it courtesy of The A/V Geeks on The Internet Archive. I don’t remember much about the performance, but I’m quite sure my mother was in the audience. Maybe I can get Mark Hosler to comment on the film and performance. I definitely think some of my own obsessive compulsive behavior can be attributed to this film.
View or download medium size: Weatherman Phonographer Part 1
View or download medium size: Weatherman Phonographer Part 2
Here’s a link to a rototiller I recorded. By the way, clicking on the pictures should show a large high resolution image.
Direct mp4 download or play: Bufferin Aspirin Ad – Selective Service
Direct mp4 download or play: Birthday 1988 – Part 1
Direct mp4 download or play: Birthday 1988 – Part 2
Here is the home video of my 34th birthday, April 3rd, 1988. It was recorded at my grandmother’s home in Santa Rosa, California on my Sony CCD-V220 8 millimeter video camcorder. Near the end of Part 2 one of “The Egg People” is shown. My mother made these likenesses sometime in the early to mid 1980s. Three of them exist today. They are my mother, myself, and my father. The “egg person” of my grandmother shown in the video was broken and lost years ago. Just for fun I’m showing Egg Mother and Egg “Bear” Weatherman. There will be more about “The Egg People” in another post.
A couple of The Egg People
Egg “Bear” Weatherman