Tree Rings as music?

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

Personally, I think I’m going to call this BS, or at the very least, taken with alot of artistic license.

It’s claimed that using a digital camera (a PS Eye of all things), and a computer, spinning a slice of wood on a record player, LP style, it creates this almost perfect piano.  Honestly, it’s just too perfect of a piano sound for me.  It’s interesting nonteheless, but I don’t think it’s 100% natural.  Hell, I don’t even think that there’s any reason to think that tree rings can or should produce music.  But who am I to say what’s art?

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The Snowman Slide

I’m not gonna lie, that was fucking awesome.  I want to do that the next time it snows.  Sure, it happened last year, and making my own this year, or next year, or whenever i get around to doing it will seem like a copy cat, but I don’t care, that’s too awesome not to do.  I think my favorite part might be the tunnel at the bottom, I love tunnels!  They remind me of my bunker aspirations, and ultimatily a missile silo.  Ah, good times down those memory lanes.  Anyway, check out that video, it’s awesome.

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The Schticky

When I first saw that I didn’t believe it.  I mean, can you believe it?  Watch it again.  There are half a dozen blatant sexual innuendos given.  And if you watch closely, he repeats things said durring the Slap Chop video.  But, alas, the website works, and it looks like you can actually buy the product. (But someone else who’s not me will have to verify that)

I’m at a loss for words, so Instead here’s one of Vince’s best videos:

Secret Youtube Fan Fetish discovered?

Alot can be said about the internet.  It’s a great magical place.  The equalizer of the world, Everything that’s said on it is true.  And so on.

What you cannot say is that it’s full of normal people.  Not by a long shot.

Now granted, there are a fair number of fetishes out there, most of them are too strange to even consider.  But this one.  This one takes the cake for strangeness.

It started harmlessly enough, Chris sent me this link of a ceiling fan installed backwards.  It’s hilarious and just the kind of 20 second thing YouTube was invented for:

From there I clicked the Bad Ass Ceiling Fan link, and was treated to a ceiling fan that was indeed bad ass.

I mean, it looked bad ass, but I was like yea, it looks cool, but so what.  Then it started spinning while it was spinning.  And Xzibit was proud.

After that video it got strange.  Firstly, I was surprised at the sheer number of ceiling fan videos posted to YouTube.  Seriously, do a search for Ceiling fan, you get About 24,900 results.  Ok, you say, that’s not a crazy number of videos.  Now watch some, I dare you.

Here was the introductory video to this fanatical fan fetish:

Looks harmless enough,  but then you ask yourself why?  Why do that?  What was the point?  Well, the director did pan the camera to show that all that air moved the curtains in another room.

Or, maybe it was a demo to show that they just don’t make fan’s the way they used to in the 50s.  (But then again, I’ve already covered that, everything was made better in the 50s).  With their solid metal blades, and barely there grates that block less air (and fingers) and therefore push more air.

That’s fine, let’s move onto the next video that piqued my now thoroughly fascinated interest:

Galaxy Symphony.  That seems like a respectable title.  Perhaps the director set up the fans to oscillate together, and they produce a crude version of some classic symphony music.  Hell I’d even go so far as reproducing some video game music.  Something.

But no, that is 3 minutes of pure air moving fans.

Now, if you thought this wasn’t too crazy at first, here comes the strange.

It’s a known fact that the comments on YouTube are usually always worth the read.  So after I realized that nothing was going to happen, I scrolled down and went to see what the comments had to say.  Surly the internet gold that is YouTube commentators would bring me back to reality and prove that this was just some strange person?

Enter baul104

Wow! Now thats a lot of Galaxy symphony singing the happy blowing tunes of vintage air!=D

Excellent video once again!

Chris was concerned with the first part, me the 2nd. Excellent video once again!  What?  That implies that this person recorded, & uploaded a more then one video of a fan, blowing air.  Of fans doing what fans were made to do, nothing else, nothing special, nothing fancy, just, fans.

No, that’s clearly a joke comment.

It’s not. (If at this point you haven’t noticed a trend, shame on you).

professorkiwi has a cornucopia of fan videos.  Not just fans either, vacuum videos too.  I decided that for this investigation I was only going to focus on the fan fetish.  Vacuum seemed just too strange, and I’ve about hit the ceiling and got my head chopped off by a fan on strangeness right now.

Anyway, I was scrolling through his videos, and curiosity struck me.  I like numbers, and I’m pretty OCD about some stuff, so I did some quick stats regarding professorkiwi:

  • Total uploaded videos: 133
  • Total that feature fans: 88
  • Percentage: 66% fans
  • Total views of fans: over 700,000
  • Avg views: 8,000
  • Max views: 52,000 Sanyo Desk Fans
  • Min views: 500
  • Total time: > 73 minutes*

*After tallied the lengths of about 20 or so I realized I was less then halfway through them and decided to give up.  Really, how much better would I be if I had actually loaded up all those videos to get the time count.  If you extrapolate that out the rest of the way, there’s probably well over 5 hours of total fan video uploaded by that one user.  I’m sure there’s some software or site, or setting you can put in all the videos and it automatically gets the total time for you, but I just stopped caring enough, and I’m only half way done with this investigation, because Chris had sent me more fan videos, by different users.

That other user is HunterCeilingFanDude.  Yes, his name has ceiling fan in it.  Yes, his uploaded videos are all about fans.  In one of the videos that I clicked through to get an idea of, he references other YouTube users.  This implies (in case it wasn’t already implied above), that there is a community of fan video aficionados online.  An active one.

Here is one of those videos, I couldn’t take much more after that though:

He has a favorite style of box fan.  It’s true, cause he accidentally, or purposefully pans to the closet and BAM!, there’s at least 5 more box fans visible.

Going back to professorkiwi for a moment we come to another startling realization.  In the comments of that Sanyo Desk Fan was a reference, a reference to something that in hindsight should have been obvious to me, but was just to outlandish to even fathom at the time.

There is a fan forum community, DT Vintage Fan Fourms.  I could only look at this site for about 3 minutes before I was just over overwhelmed.  The tipping point for me was the first thread I entered, Your Collection.  It’s over 12 pages long.  With the latest post today January 04, 2012.  That last post has about 25 different fans.  For a single person.  That’s just too much for me.

Why?  Do I even want to know?

Better yet, does one of my awesome readers know the answer?  I kinda don’t want to know that actually.

I would like to think that this is just some elaborate fan review thing.  Something explainable. Please.

It doesn’t make any sense.  These videos are just a static view of a fan blowing into the camera.  Complete with wind noise soundtrack.  One video I found was just a montage of fan photographs.  Multiple minutes of photographs of fans fading into each other.  What purpose does that serve?  Why does that exist?  Are these questions too simple to ask?

Here’s my stretch of a theory.  There are hidden messages inside these videos.  It’s a front from the NSA.  They’ve implanted messages inside these videos.  Not mind control, that’s CIA stuff, just straight up codes.  What kind of messages is the NSA implanting in here.  Who knows, I haven’t cracked that code, and given that it’s an NSA encrypted code, it’s neigh-unbreakable.

Is it so hard to accept that yes, people actually do do this. Yes, for me it is.  I can accept alot of things, but I just can’t accept that people spend time recording fans, uploading them to YouTube, and then doing it again, and again.  And then there’s a community of people out there who watch these videos, and comment on them, and are 100% serious about it all.  And then they go to the forums and trade and barter, and look on eBay & Craigslist for rare fan finds.

No, I think there’s encrypted NSA messages in them, and all those views are from the communists trying to decode them.  I find that more plausible.  I’m not quite sure what the forum is about, I don’t think that I want to know.  Probably an experimental front the NSA set up to test the community.  But the videos, those definitely have hidden encrypted messages in them.  It’s the only explanation.