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book review: not a b (pdp remix)

sound and flash movie by Chris Funkhouser

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Favoring statistical innovation, discovery, and transformation of material more than subjectivity, my presentation for TRICKHOUSE, “book review: not a b (pdp remix),” is a software experiment that brings together multiple projects, interests, and themes. This reflection, in part an autobiographical exercise in creating multimedia poetry, does not effectively simulate the more extensive synthesis of related materials I have elsewhere assembled (featuring additional videographic, performative components, and many more poems) but is a decent representation of what I have been working on in 2008. The animation is the latest and longest (approximately 22 minutes, give or take) of a series of text-movies I began creating with Flash in early 2007. Slow scat, and sometimes random juxtaposition, of anagrammatic text derived from the title of a book I wrote, is spontaneously plotted (with assistance from the Internet Anagram server (http://wordsmith.org/anagram/). Works by mIEKAL aND, John Cayley, and Brian Stefans have inspired me to such poesis. Shorter instances of text-movies can be seen via my homepage (http://web.njit.edu/~funkhous/) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ctfunkhouser). The soundtrack includes a non-linear mix of guitar tracks I recorded under the influence of Weezer’s Video Capture Device, using Stephan Said’s old pink guitar, at Girassol, December 07 (mixed January 08). Three of the one hundred “cancellation” poems I’ve completed in the “book review” project, recorded at Girassol April 08, are read. A section of the original “book review” document (which is the result of a technorati.com search query on the aforementioned book), read by computer voice LH Michelle, is also in the mix. Unfortunately the quality of the recording becomes somewhat muddled when compressed by Flash; those seeking to hear a clean version should check out my Digital Poetry podcast in the open courseware section at itunes.njit.edu (login as guest).

Chris Funkhouser
Frelinghuysen, NJ April 2008