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Weeping Icon – “Two Ways” Music Video

Here’s a music video that I edited for Weeping Icon for the song “Two Ways.”

From the press release:

Two Ways’ is about people who want to appear virtuous in their public facing personality, but live a contradictory shadow life in which they do whatever they please, no matter how harmful their actions are to others. It’s told through the voice of a man named Todd (yes, that’s his real name!) who I encountered a few years back. He used a harmful term towards a woman he was angry with, then accepted a long explanatory talk from me, appeared to reflect, enthusiastically told me he’d appreciated me taking the time to educate him and agreed to change his behavior, and then immediately found that same woman and started calling her harmful sexist names without a moment between. I was truly in shock at how comfortable he was with his personality being stratified into two layers – the outward-facing kind, modern man, looking to learn from the necessarily rapid changes in society – and the sinister, selfish sadist beneath who believes in his own entitlement to act with impunity.



This was an interesting project, mostly because there were no scripts, no shotlists, and certainly no slates, just a half hour of footage, and a rough story idea.

The band was really great, let me do my thing, and ultimately we turned this video around in about 11 hours, from first watching the footage, to delivering for youtube.

The process was pretty simple:

First, we did a full edit of the music video, with rough GFX thrown in, and ‘locked picture’ at 16×9 (the native aspect ratio of the footate).

From there, we stripped the all the GFX from the edit, reframed for 4:3, and laid it off to tape multiple times – once as a ‘clean’ version, and then 3 other times with more analog glitch/distortion.

We captured all 4 takes of the VHS, combined them in the edit, overlaid the GFX back into the (now distorted) edit, and laid the entire master off to tape.

Final Step was to capture that output, drop it into After Effect, and apply a Detail Preserving Upscale to the entire project, bringing it to 4k.

Super Simple, Cheap & Cheerful, and a lot of fun.

Here’s some links to some press about it:


Weeping Icon – “Two Ways” (Stereogum)

Weeping Icon: “Two Ways” (Punknews)
Weeping Icon Share New Track “Two Ways”, New EP “Ocelli” Out This Friday (Front View)
Weeping Icon – Two Ways (If It’s Too Loud)
Weeping Icon Shares New Song (Closed Captioned)

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VXPX_043 – B L I S S

More details HERE.

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Giglog – VJOLTRON – Wonderville

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Roland MC-303

I saw someone mention an MC-303 in an advance email today, and it got me thinking.

I’ve been leaning really heavily on the MC-101 for a couple of years now, and the MC-303 is definitely it’s grandmother in a really big way.

Powerful, Portable, and Professional (in the right hands), it definitely changed the face of electronic music at the time of it’s release.

I don’t think the MC-101 will ever have the impact or the longevity of the MC-303, but I’m hoping that there’s at least a community of folks who really love & support it as much as I do.

MC-303 on Equipboard

MC-303 on Wikipedia

Planet 303 website

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Roland & Edirol Video Mixer Manuals (PDFs)

I just saw a post on Scanlines that linked to this Github with lots of links to Owner & Service Manuals for various video gear, and figured it’d be a good idea to mirror at least SOME of them, just in case.

Roland is pretty good about keeping legacy gear manuals up & handy, but a lot of the Service Manuals have been kinda lost.l

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Sonic Foundry Acid Forever

I have loved Acid for a very long time. Early in the days of The Basement Labs, this was our gateway into the wide world of weird.



Diognes the Fox & I were never running the latest gear, but we were able to run this program, and run it we did.

Though our original installer for the first version of Acid we used is lost to time, there’s a very good chance that this particular installer (and Keygen!) has been the one we’ve been using since our Senior Year of High School. Acid Pro 4 was released in January 2003, so it all lines up.

The coolest thing about Acid was that there was a HUGE library of easily-findable Loop Packs. They’d come on CD’s, pre-organized, and ready to rock. A lot of DAWs ended up adopting a lot of the stretching capabilities of ACID, and also used their Loop Format.

You can still find a lot of these CD’s for sale on eBay.

I’m sure Fox is STILL using the same version of Acid. . . and I’ve been known to come back to it from time to time. Now that i’m really leaning into the Roland MC-101, it’ll be nice to have a lil’ something to chop breaks in, do some stretching, and try some loops out before exporting them.

I’m currently running it in a Windows 8.1 VM in Parallels Desktop on a Mac, and it’s

Use this thing in the spirit of which it was intended. . . don’t sell this shit, or anything. It’s 20 year old software at this point, but it’s still got some life left in it.

Manual & Download Links below

System Requirements

Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP, 300 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended), Windows-compatible sound card

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Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings

From the Wikipedia article:

“The title is derived from the possible number of combinations of video and music which can be generated by the software, effectively ensuring that the same image/soundscape is never played twice.”

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Database of VHS tapes with Color Shells

I was bopping around the internet, and found this interesting subreddit full of tips/tricks/information regarding all sorts of folks who are making custom VHS bootlegs of releases. . . and found this DATABASE OF VHS TAPES RELEASED WITH COLOR SHELLS.

I’m definitely going to be leveraging this in the future. Those Bob the Builder tapes are cheap!

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Glitch Studies Manifesto by Rosa Menkman

Glitch Studies Manifesto by Rosa Menkman.

This was one of the first things that Hex Taylor ever showed me. I used to keep a copy printed out on a clear clipboard in our shared art space, early in the days of Videopunks.

It’s still really relevant, 10+ years later.

Check out this article. . . it really breaks it down in a digestible way.

Rosa Menkman is a pioneer of glitch art. Her manifesto is a passionate expression of why glitch is a significant phenomenon whose potential lies within every byte of data. Her visual work features glitch but her manifesto defines its place in culture. Glitch Studies Manifesto goes beyond a definition of glitch, however. It promises hope for what glitch might offer by suggesting disintegration might democratize society.

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Millenium Film Workshop

I just went to Millennium Film Workshop for the first time, at their new location in Brooklyn.

From the Wikipedia Article:

The Millennium Film Workshop is a non-profit media arts center located in New York City. It is dedicated to the exhibition, study, and practice of avant-garde and experimental cinema. It was also where the St. Mark’s Poetry Project began. Ken Jacobs stated in 2013 that he chose the name Millennium “…because it would have to be that to actually give out equipment, education, space to work in, etc. for free. Dictionary definition: ‘A hoped for period of joy, serenity, prosperity and justice.’ “

Here’s their Instagram.