Short PBS documentary about Glitch Art

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6 Responses to “Short PBS documentary about Glitch Art”

  1. One big problem I had with the new film V/H/S is that it uses a ton of these glitch effects, and while they all look quite nice, few actually look like the sort of glitches you’d really get with IRL webcams/DV tape/VHS etc. The Emily/James segment was particularly bad; webcams just don’t use codecs like that.

  2. Crashproof says:

    Kinda disappointed that this is all visual art with barely a mention of glitch music, and certainly no examples of it.  People were scratching up LPs, shipping them without  covers, forcing CDs to skip, and so on long before they were databending digital images.

    • Agreed.  I mentioned that Glitch was first a genre of music where artifacts from the digital playback devices were used as musical material, but they could only cram in so much.  Really big fan of “Cracked Media” by Caleb Kelly, BTW.  Goes to show the emphasis on visual culture online.

      • rrh says:

        The one fella briefly mentioned the idea of glitching an audio file by editing it as a .RAW but they chickened out of playing what that sounds like.

        Sound is capable of being so much more abrasive than visuals, and they probably didn’t want to disrupt the energy of the video.

  3. I remember breaking Calculator on Windows 95 by opening it up in text and deleting stuff.

  4. Anarcissie says:

    Isn’t this stuff pretty old?  Many years ago — back in the 70s — I had a ‘distressed’ color TV hanging on my wall which cycled through various patterns and occasionally flicked up a few distorted frames from broadcasts.  I guess I could have gotten a grant for it, or sold it to someone.  Instead, eventually it fell off the wall and went the way of all televisions.  Now I have computers to do that sort of thing.

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