Composition 2010 ETC (video excerpt)

April 9, 2011

Composition 2010 ETC is a single-channel video (duration 4:08) created from footage shot at the Experimental Television Center (ETC) studio during my 2010 residency. Using analog video modules that can convert audio waveforms into video signals I recorded 30 minutes of attempts to draw a straight horizontal line across the video screen using my custom analog synthesizer modules. This “straight line” action has been a motivation behind other works of mine and references the score of American composer La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 No. 10 which reads “draw a straight line and follow it”. My Composition 2010 ETC edits this tightly integrated sound/image footage down to a four-minute mix. By including ETC in the title of the work I wanted to pay homage to the Experimental Television Center studio which closed in June, 2011 after a forty-year history as an important center for experimental video work.

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