Thursday, June 19, 2008

On the persistence of place - part two

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"A voodle is more than a visual structure or series of moving images; it is the dialogue it establishes with its viewer and the intonation it imposes upon his/her sight and the changing and durable imprints it leaves in his/her memory. A voodle is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships."

"Oh longing for places that were not/Cherished enough in that fleeting hour /How I long to make good from far/The forgotten gesture, the additional act." remembers Sam Renseiw, paraphrasing some Rilke while assembling cottage footage, hermit-wise, back home. View the morning poetics of space by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm# 607, 04'39'', 20.4Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features a short, watchful moment of blind spot awareness in traffic. (Lum# 123,"blind spot watch" 00'54'', 4.2MB, Quicktime/mov)

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video features an early miniature voodle depicting the embodiment of the passage of time; Chuang Tzu once stated: "Voodle cannot be conveyed by either words or silence, just images”. (patafilm # 56, "Zen and the Art of Whirling", 01'28'',[17.01.2006 post] 3MB, Quicktime/mov)

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Anonymous Rupert said...

Magic summer ghost space.
...and I know you have a lot of cyclists over there... but that stream of bikes was military in its endlessness - a bike cavalry unit. the tension of waiting, with the guy flexing his ankles, was intense, especially knowing that you were going to hold your ground when the signal came.

Thursday, June 19, 2008 8:51:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert Croma said...

Utterly beautiful place. Sadness imbued. Finely memorialized with tender, magical imagery. I hope they don't knock it down!

Friday, June 20, 2008 2:04:00 am  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

A thousand lost horses slept
on the square with the moon of your
forehead while four nights I embraced
your waist, enemy of the snow.
Federico Garcia Lorca

...a true visual ode to all the Lou's there are and have been...


Friday, June 20, 2008 10:56:00 am  
Blogger gurdonark said...

"Soul melting scenery that was about me! A place where the mind could think volumes; but the tongue must be silent that would speak, and the hand palsied that would write. A place where a Divine would confess that he never had fancied Paradise—where the painter's palette would lose its beautiful tints—the blood-stirring notes of eloquence would die in their utterance—and even the soft tones of sweet music would scarcely preserve a spark to light the soul again that had passed this sweet delirium".--George Catlin, 19th C., speaking of the American prairie.

I used the above quote in the liner notes to my EP tallgrass canticle, to seek to convey a sense of place in the piece. The soundtrack you use here is a remix called "M", which is my wife's first initial--and also in an indirect way a sense of place for me.

When I was a boy, we had a little lake cabin in the woods across a dirt road from a lake.

The visual therefore presents me with a wonderful landscape upon which to impose my own memories and notions.

"M"'s key sample is from a song called "Fields of Endless Grass", which is a re-work of a Verian Thomas song. The original had a Satie-like piano simplicity, which I morphed, as is my way, into ambient leisure. A remix, like a voodle, is not an isolated being, but one of many tendrils of a plant whose roots stretch deep--as deeply, in fact, as the perception of the listener.

This voodle is very special indeed.

Saturday, June 21, 2008 5:53:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you gurdonark!

when editing footage and "finding" some soundtracks to add/mix in a fast intuitive way, the concocting of this voodle had an interesting development:

sometimes i go by the titles, foraging at cc mixter, magnatune or negativesoundinstitute. i first tried pseudophones "evidence of things unknown".
while being a fine piece, striving ["... to craft cinematic pieces that "tell a place"] it sort of made the voodle a tad gloomy.

i then opted to "M, and it fitted perfectly by length and to the montaged sequences, underlying and sort of cueing the visual(s) with "cinematic" attention.

pure serendipity.

Saturday, June 21, 2008 10:01:00 am  
Blogger gurdonark said...

Serendipity is the key, I think.

Saturday, June 21, 2008 9:21:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

...and Voodle/Voodling a Paradox.


Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:52:00 pm  

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