Alpha Beta Disco: Godard Remix (2002)

by DropBox

DropBox flattens Godard's film "Alphaville" (1965) into a database containing every scene, line of dialogue, sound effect and measure of the orchestral score. This material is cataloged according to character, location and general morphology. A 45-minute real-time performance/remix is realized solely using this database.

DropBox's live performance represents an alternate, spontaneously improvised, non-narrative interface to Godard's original work reproduced as a film.

DropBox uses a primary improvisational tool--the remix--with software of their own design. DropBox blends elements in the database with an abstract formal logic, rather than pursuing a narrative drive. DropBox cuts and pastes, overlaps and overlays, compresses and expands, filters, re-sequences and links data into new musical/visual formations.

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DropBox flattens Godard's film "Alphaville" (1965) into a database containing every scene, line of dialogue, sound effect and measure of the orchestral score. This material is cataloged according to character, location and general morphology. A 45-minute real-time performance/remix is realized solely using this database.

DropBox's live performance represents an alternate, spontaneously improvised, non-narrative interface to Godard's original work reproduced as a film.

DropBox uses a primary improvisational tool--the remix--with software of their own design. DropBox blends elements in the database with an abstract formal logic, rather than pursuing a narrative drive. DropBox cuts and pastes, overlaps and overlays, compresses and expands, filters, re-sequences and links data into new musical/visual formations.

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