Third Eye

BRAVO !! I just downloaded and watched your Third Eye Video in its entirety.


This was all bumped up from VHS to 3/4", then sections were dubbed into slo-mo at a high-end post house before everything got edited at a budget cuts-only 3/4" facility. Four separate rolls of video were keyed together at a different A/B roll facility, using multiple passes. (Only two rolls could be composited at a time.) Strangely, all the original video feedback material was off-the-cuff hand-held stuff, and then the editing process became very meticulous and obsessive.

I mention all that because it's almost comical to think how difficult all this was back then, and expensive for a no-budget project. (At the time, it seemed almost anything done as video art was grant-funded.) To think fifteen or twenty years later everything could be done easily on a home PC would have seemed extremely optimisitic sci-fi dreaming, I think.

THE AUDIO WAS ALSO FANTASTIC. Could you please provide any details on how you created this soundtrack? Like, did you use hardware or software synthesizers, and any other audio details you care to share with us, please?

The basic music was just a cassette recording of a jam session with some friends. (This particular free-form experiment was ultimately more interesting than all the more 'serious' recording we were doing at the time.) Just drums and bass, I think a Juno-6 synth, and a lot of digital delay on the guitar. When we decided to use this as a soundtrack I transferred the cassette tracks to 8-track multitrack and started adding audio clips from TV preachers and various other bits. Lots of delay was added to the TV clips during mixdown to cassette again.

When I decided to digitize this video, the soundtrack from the 3/4" master was mono and very low quality. Going back to the original cassette mix was apparently worthwhile, since you are so enthusiastic, but it did involve time-stretching the new digitized audio to match the earlier cassette transfer.

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