Tachyons+ Transmits is a future memory on the realm of underground experimental video artists written and curated by Logan Owlbeemoth of the video art machine makers Tachyons+.
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I†† recently released a ultra limited VHS collection of their music video designs titled Glitch Witch. The duo based out of Kentucky were nice enough to send a copy to the Tachyons+ lab. I sent back I†† some questions relating to it afterwards to pinpoint the creative thought behind it all and share with you, dear reader. To note, Glitch Witch is another fine, original and memorable VHS release – one of many that hasve been sent our way this year. Here’s hoping for more home-made VCR-dubbed pieces of abstraction out there in 2014! Now, onward to the witchy shadows of the I†† digi-glitch party…
Logan Owlbeemoth: What is a Glitch Witch?
I††: It is a post-witch house concept that borrows some of the basic elements of slowing down tracks, while incorporating the element of glitch into production.
While a couple of tracks are old top 40 tracks remixed, most of them are old trance and house tracks we made over 10 years ago. Some of them have been data bent through software while others have just been recorded from one device to another repeatedly over the years. Other artists, like Nattymari, have been incorporating glitch into their work for a long time, as we have to a lesser degree. This album is just focusing more on the glitch aspect while also casting vocal incantations.
Logan Owlbeemoth: Why did you release this on VHS? This isn’t the 80s!
I††: The idea came when I was putting together the visuals for our V.I.T.R.I.O.L. art show earlier this year at The Black Lodge in Lexington, Kentucky. The performance/ritual we did for the gallery was all analogue so I wanted the visuals to be on an analogue format as well. I exported a collection of our videos mixed together to VHS to show at the art opening and for our performance the following week. Some of them were videos for songs for Glitch Witch.
I was so pleased with how it turned out that I thought it would be interesting to make a collection of Glitch Witch videos and record it on VHS. Initially, I thought about making an edition to sell, but after having a hard time finding somebody to do a small PAL edition, I scrapped the idea. I wanted to keep distribution as fair as I could, so without the ability to release it everywhere I went with the small art edition of 10 limited to NTSC. Instead of selling them we just sent them out to friends and fans that we thought would appreciate them.
Logan Owlbeemoth: How has the reaction been to this release from your fans?
I††: Well, we only sent the tape out to 9 people, but they have all been really excited to get them. They are still staggering out to people, but everyone who has got it has liked it. If the reaction is really good we may try to do a larger edition later with a different cover. As for the CDR, people seem pretty excited for it.
Logan Owlbeemoth: What’s the last VHS tape you got and loved?
I††: Probably my 20th anniversary edition of Halloween. It was a limited edition box set with lobby cards and a key chain. The one tape that has always been my most precious find is the 1989 film Dr. Caligari. It is one of my all time favourite films. It is a few steps beyond strange. People typically love it or hate it. I have lost friends for introducing them to it.
Logan Owlbeemoth: Are you a VHS collector yourself? Obsessive or Passive?
I††: I am a passive collector. I have only kept things that are very important to me, and the same goes for purchasing. I really don’t have the space for a lot so I have to be really picky. I had to give away some that I really loved like my Sonic Youth Goo video collection, the KLF White Room video and Romero’s Martin. They have went on to a better place, though.
Logan Owlbeemoth: Tell us about the making of the video art within this release.
I††: That is pretty complicated because they are all different. Some of them were old VHS video recordings, some of them were old videos made with MTV music generator, some of them were made by recording onto a camera off screen from Internet videos… The editing process was different for all of them as well. Some were data bent by editing the digital code in text editors, others were edited in Quartz composer. Some were edited in iMovie HD and others were edited in Motion.
Logan Owlbeemoth: Who are some modern video artists you respect, admire and impossibly inspired by?
I††: A short list is Ceremonial Dagger, Nattymari, Cosmotropia De Xam, Casie Lewis, Silver Strain, Dazed Gaze and you, Logan. I love your system of analog video glitch and hope to adopt it one day myself.
Logan Owlbeemoth: What about past video artists?
I††: I love David Lynch as a video artist and director. One of the most influential video artists for me is Ken Kobland who did the short video Foto-Roman. It is really hard to find, but I think he is putting out a DVD collection of his work. He worked with The Wooster Group and The Kitchen. One of my favorite music videos is Catalan from Psychic TV that they did with Derek Jarman. I also loved the SPK Despair video collection.
Logan Owlbeemoth: Whats next for y’all?
I††: The Glitch Witch CDR is coming out later this month through Phantasma Disques and I am currently putting together our next two albums. I am not sure who will be releasing them or what format they will be in, but they are almost complete. I always like to have a queue of releases ready to go.
Logan Owlbeemoth: Is VIDEODROME Real?
I††: Absolutely. Long live the new flesh!