Monday, November 26, 2007

Birds Who Don't Know the Words

The addition of a hummingbird feeder in our backyard plus my new pocket point 'n shoot with video capabilities has now produced its inevitable first result: a Mixed Meters Movie Moment - one minute of hummingbirds feeding to the accompaniment of my own music.



This is the first time I've ever tried to compose music to a moving image - hard to believe for someone who has lived in Los Angeles for almost 35 years. I probably broke every rule in the book. (Actually, I hope I broke every rule in the book.)

Both video and music are (c) 2007 by David Ocker.

Here's my best Hummingbird Still Shot. Click to enlarge.

Hummingbird at our backyard feeder (c) David Ocker
Here's another MM post with a lucky picture of a hummingbird at rest.

Our cat Spackle showed an intense interest in the hummingbird movie. So I shot this video of her trying to catch the moving image of the hummingbird.



And she seemed just as interested in the video of her watching the video of the hummingbird.

Spackle Watches Spackle Hunting Video Hummingbird (c) David Ocker
Where will it all end?

The video of Spackle is dark and hard to watch when I play it from this page. Apparently if you watch it at YouTube it'll look better. Click here.

Recursion Tags: . . . . . . . . .

3 comments:

Mike said...

Your recursive video frightens me. Where will we all go when God turns off the cosmic TV set?

docker said...

And here I thought it was merely supposed to be a cute cat video. That's the trouble with our culture: people go around finding meaning in things.

And who is God anyway? We'll all be safe if we just take the television remote away from her?

I may have to let some live mice or lizards into the house so Spackle will stop hanting around my computer monitor. She's at it again even as I type this.

Palm Axis said...

How about music that accompanies the ants on their relentless march to colonize the bird feed? Spackle...ahhh, thats sweet. I named my cat Peoples.