[spectre] Open source DVD Now available: Spotworks
Joel S. Bachar
joel at microcinema.com
Tue Mar 30 21:58:56 CEST 2004
DVD Now Available:
Spotworks - the Evolution of Visuals
Experience 87 minutes of hypnotic retinal bliss by San Francisco VJ
and software artist Spot a.k.a. Scott Draves. Five video tracks sync
with electronic music by jhno, Spool, dj vordo, and mbb. Three more
tracks sync with music by techno-violin sensation Kenji Williams (ABA
Structure), including an original track not released elsewhere. See
three unique and original styles: Dub Visuals, Electric Sheep, and
Bomb, each with a documentary explanation. Includes looping tracks
with solid backgrounds for use by VJs.
Plus: the imagery is all open source and you are encouraged to re-use
it in your own performances!
The video is copyright 2004 by Scott Draves and is distributed under
the attribution share-alike license from the Creative Commons. You are
permitted to show it publicly and commercially.
Each track of music is copyright by its creator and is distributed all
rights reserved, except the Best of 2002 soundtrack by Maribeth Back,
which is also under the attribution share-alike license.
Reviews and Other Info:
With the spiked eye candy and fractal arabesques of Spotworks, Scott
Draves has significantly raised the bar on digital psychedelia and the
broader category of abstract animation. His electric sheep are the
fluttering Gaian spawn of networked computers and genetic algorithms,
while his visual 'dubs' of Ernst Haeckel's fin-de-siecle scientific
lithographs add a resonant historical dimension to trippy visuals.
Mind-melting stuff, and refreshingly devoid of the usual fungal
Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis and contributing writer to Wired
This isn't just trippy wallpaper -- it's not even just art. This is
garage-band artificial life. Draves is cooking up a new species made
of code, decisions and cooperation, and this disc is a petri dish
swimming with the organisms that deserve to succeed us here on Earth.
I for one welcome our new a-life masters.
Cory Doctorow, author of Eastern Standard Tribe and co-editor of Boing
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