Sunday, May 24, 2009

On the nature of drone and voodle

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" Before going on to the particular problems of the nature of Voodles, it is important to define understandings of the ultimate aim of Voodling as such. Why does it exit? Who needs it ? Indeed does anybody need it? [...] Voodles, unlike Hollywood films, or TV soaps, have no practical goals in any material sense. Voodle is a meta-language, with the help of which people try to communicate with one another; to impart information about themselves and assimilate the experience of others. Yet, this sort of self-expression is meaningless unless it meets with a response. For the sake of creating a spiritual bond with others it can only be an agonising process, one that involves no practical gain: ultimately it is an act of sacrifice. But surely it cannot be worth the effort merely for the sake of hearing one's own echo ? "

Creating Voodles can be a drone-like state of mind, and, indeed, sacrificial in a prosaic world, muses Sam Renseiw while manufacturing more continuous visuals in sustained tonality. View the recent moving mash-up by clicking here or on the links above. ( patafilm # 690, 04'22'', 37.4MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

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Blogger gurdonark said...

I watch voodles because they hold the interest.

Are you familiar with what we call the mountain dulcimer here?
It may be called a hummel there.

It's a 3 stringed instrument (or 4 or 5), brought from Europe to the Appalachian Mountains of the US, and then forgotten for generations by all but the mountain people.

When it is played in the traditional way, the three strings include one "melody string" and two strings which are not depressed, but are "drone strings".
Because the instrument is tuned diatonically (without flats or sharps), the drone strings always sound "in tune" with the melody.

These drone strings are lovely, though they are drone. They let you hear the music in ways different than would the melody string by itself. The lost mystery of the voodles lies therein somewhere.

I think that in this sense pataphysics is an impure metaphor, though it is, after all, an idea rather than some new "holy writ".
I think that the purpose of the voodle is human interconnection--and its base is not imaginary solutions, but the practical problem of wordless compassion for the shape of existence itself.

Monday, May 25, 2009 4:22:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

thank you robert,

yes, in many ways i agree.

yet, there is this interesting shift in perception, on how to "read" the seen, the translation losses with more "regular" visualities and first an foremost the amazement in the actual gaze itself, that seems to keep fascinating me.

What did i see, how did i see what i did record,etc...... so there is this quite vast territory of exploration, the toggling between "rational" or "planed" seeing and then the serendipity of the actual way of seeing, then the surprise of what was recorded.

what did not start as imaginary solution is just some fine left over, acting as catalyst to perceiving visually anew.

will certainly listen to mountain dulcimer...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:09:00 pm  
Blogger gurdonark said...

Perhaps those experiments with perception are a kernel from which to grow the next crop of film-- the next stage of voodle, or the successor to voodles.

Form, ways of seeing, image, epistemology. If I could see with the eyes of a child, how much would I think of all this? What would I see?

Thursday, May 28, 2009 6:59:00 am  

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