Geographical (video haiku)


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I got the urge to make a videopoem today — perhaps because the videopoetry site I curate, Moving Poems, is on hiatus until Monday. The soundtrack here is from suonho and licensed under a Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 license. (If you’re into making video or audio, The Freesound Project is an invaluable resource, “a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds.” Check it out!)

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  1. Breasts in National Geographic magazine — now there’s a cultural reference that will probably be lost on anyone under the age of 30!

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  2. A gentle watching by a non-intrusive camera. I like your approach to the hoppings on the feeder, a quiet watchfulness.

    And that site, freesound, wow. You know the best sites, Dave. It’s a keeper, thanks.

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    1. Oh, didn’t I ever tell you about that site before? I’m glad I blogged it, then! Just the thing for your next batch of audiopoems, I’ll bet.

      Glad you liked the video. It’s one of those things were I was just filming because I happened to have the video camera out, and was thinking, what could be more mundane than footage of a bird at a birdfeeder? That’s when the oddness of the Nat. Geo. label struck me.

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      1. Well,… the last one, anyway, where I was searching for ocean loops, all through the ‘new’ GarageBand, even downloading loops, and so layered the music of two musicians on top of each other, no no, but they were ok with it, because I couldn’t find ocean, which this site has abundantly. So thank you, it’s a treasure trove of a site.

        National Geographic is the poem in the video, or at least the semiotic of the bird feeder. That’s what catches our eye, finally, at the end. We wonder, what does it mean? And then think about all the images of National Geographic, its portrayal of our world.

        Then I found myself wondering if the footage was National Geographic… seriously.

        It took me in, that far.

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        1. That’s awesome, that the “found poem” of those two words drew you in that far. And I’m sorry I didn’t tout freesound.org a little sooner! I first used it for the audio version of Odes to Tools a year ago — mixed a bunch of hammering and sawing noises for the intro and outro.

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          1. I didn’t hear the audio of your book, Dave… is it available still?


  3. I’m at a Duncan Donuts in small-town Tennessee grading online this week, so I won’t get to hear video until I remember to bring my headphones.

    Thanks for the link! I wasn’t aware of it, either. Here’s another one I like that you’re probably familiar with: http://dig.ccmixter.org/ .

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