I Am Sitting In A Video Room 1


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An homage to the great Alvin Lucier, this piece explores the ‘photocopy effect’, where upon repeated copies the object begin to accumulate the idiosyncrasies of the medium doing the copying. Full words:

I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice as well as the image of myself, and I am going to upload it to YouTube, rip it from YouTube, and upload it again and again, until the original characteristics of both my voice and my image are destroyed. What you will see and hear, then, are the artifacts inherent in the video codec of both YouTube and the mp4 format I convert it to on my computer. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a digital fact, but more as a way to eliminate all human qualities my speech and image might have.

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  1. I like all of the random artifacts, and build chords from them, find upper harmonics when i take it further and distort / pitch / and resample them over and over to make unique amazing interesting sounds only a computer can make. You know when im chopping up sounds for the people.

  2. Oh come on. It's not like he is getting paid for this. This is pretty cool. If you think about it, that's how we're losing our human touch by repeatedly using technology for every single thing. Thumbs up!

  3. @UncleVegetable I wouldn't wish that on anyone… it's a very slow transition! Just watch the mix I made and you'll get the idea! 🙂

  4. Kudos on your project. I saw the 1000th one, and that is a good testament on how lossy video and audio quality can be degraded by ripping and encoding again.

  5. I was really confused when i watched your 1000 video. I went down by hundreds (or as close to the next hundred down i was able to find in the suggested videos) & by the time i got to this one, all i could say was "Wow." Such a cool project. I don't know a whole heck of a lot about video, sound, or the mechanics of editing the two, but this was really interesting, to say the least. Thumbs up. :]

  6. This is a great concept. I have a Cd of Alvin Lucier's original vocal version and I love it. I'm gonna watch all 1000 of these videos!

  7. @billaras51
    Canzona started with this video. He uploaded it to Youtube. He will now download it back onto his computer. Then he will upload that video as #2. He will do (and did) this 1000 times. When you upload and download videos and music from off of the internet, the quality of the video goes down each time. The point of this is to see if both the video portion and the sound portion of the movie will eventually be destoyed if downloaded too much. This theory affects movies and songs

  8. That's just awesome! I've realized before that the quality of things decrease as they get repeadily ripped, but I never thought about if you did it 1000 times. I actually watched your end result. Man, that was pretty scary, actually. Thanks for the experiment! 😀

  9. Youtube makes Peoble famous so all i can do after watching the video

    |Please Wait|

    is too say Good Luck 😀
    like that experiment.

  10. @JRCrowley Not to mention auto-tune, over compression, poor mastering, digital dithering, word clocks, MIDI synchronization, phantom power, sound bleed, speaker/room acoustics, cable interference, and the 1001 other things that can go wrong when dealing with digital audio. Transcoding seems easy in comparison! 🙂

  11. @Evi1M4chine when I started this project YouTube was still using .flac, then switched to H.264 while I was in the 600s. When they switched to H.264, I encoded using the "MP4 Improved" settings on my ripper, which are a different codec than H.264. Admittedly the change is subtle, but still noticeable after enough iterations.

  12. Why the hell would you convert it to MP4 FROM MP4? It ALREADY IS MP4 (H.264)! There is no point to re-encoding, other than epic fail.


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