I Am Sitting in a Video Room

This one’s for all the Experimental Music students out there. Inspired by Professor Alvin Lucier‘s wonderful “I Am Sitting In A Room,” one bored internet user updates the experiment for the YouTube generation:

YouTube user canzona uploaded a video to the web, downloaded it, then re-uploaded it one thousand times, gradually eliminating “all human qualities” of his voice and image.

The final video in canzona’s series is a mess of distorted colors and sounds; you can recognize from the motion that the original featured a person talking into the camera, but all individual characters and specifics have been lost, replaced by artifacts created by YouTube’s video and audio compression algorithms.

Thanks to Lina Mamut ’13 for the tip.

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