CategoryINABSOLUTE MIX

The Inabsolute Mix is an ongoing project that incorporates different audio and video tracks from Youtube in an attempt to create disorienting and/or meltingly synchronous collages. I use music videos, famous news broadcasts, vintage movies, foreign films, tent revival preaching, saturday morning cartoons. I adjust the speed and the volume in search of a particular feeling. But then the same elements of the mix can be altered by a few twists of the button and it’s something new altogether.

I have felt the sensation of time traveling, head hopping, astral projection, and other forms of existential carnival. I partner some of these mixes with time in a sensory deprivation tank and in energy sessions.

What you need to do to participate — open multiple tabs (not windows) on your browser and push play on each video so that they’re playing at the same time. I recommend using over the ear headphones to maximize the full range.

If you decide to make your own mix (highly encouraged) please feel free to add it to the comment section. If you have time, maybe give a little description as to why you chose the tracks that you chose or what you experienced in the mix.

Inabsolute 9-29

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Tonight’s mix is: Ramshackle Glory – “Never Coming Home Again (Live)”Bloody Combat Footage in the Battle of Normandy The idea for tonight’s mix beamed itself into my head. I wasn’t even listening to the Ramshackle Glory when I thought about what would pair with it. I don’t even know which one came into my head first. In any case, I think, if you...

Inabsolute 9-26

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Tonight’s mix is: Akira Ishikawa – Africa Rock (1971)Cartoons, various This is one of those great moments where if you play enough obscure stuff on Youtube, Youtube will introduce you to an absolute treasure trove of more obscure stuff. Yesterday I didn’t know these things didn’t exist, and now I know they do. I can find very little to no information about Akira...

Inabsolute 9-24

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Tonight’s mix is: “Like it is” – Yusef Lateef60 Minutes of Smurfs Lévon Minassian – “They Have Taken the One I Love” I started off in a blue mood which is how we ended up where we did, but then I let autoplay pick the next song after “Like It Is” and they came through with Lonnie Smith (play at .75 speed). I liked this mix, but I think the...

Inabsolute 9-21

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Tonight’s mix is: Popeye the Sailor Man Classic Collection HDMono – Live at the Hollywood Forever CemeteryUnsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack – Season 11, Episode 8 I’ve created a three channel variant that you can have a lot of fun with. It’s great for watching opposite audio. Popeye audio over Unsolved Mysteries is f’ing funny. Mono always brings the hyper...

Inabsolute 9-20

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Tonight’s mix is: The Letter (1929, movie, .75 speed, low(ish) volume)Anika Pyle – The Void (2018, song, loud(er) volume) This is illustrative in a couple of ways. Note the matched color and note patterns when viewing the movie but listening to the song. Now watch what happens when you switch the order so that you are hearing the movie, but watching the visuals from the song. Reread...

Inabsolute 9-19

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Tonight’s mix is:

Brand of Hate (western movie, 1934, .5 speed) Cymande – Dove (sometimes I move this to .5 right away. It can handle the slowdown the Katie Ellen show from 11/12/16

God Bless the Musicians who know all the things that don’t have words.

Inabsolute 9-18

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Tonight’s mix is:

Born to the Saddle (western movie, 1953, .5 speed) Relaxing Armenian music w/ duduk Sam Moore – Moooohieee

The duduk and the Sam Moore musical saw playing are a super haunting combo. The Western adds surreal character. What about you?

Inabsolute 9-17

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Tonight’s mix is: Post Rock for Sleep: Night OneA Canção de Lisboa [1933]  I think you can learn a lot about a movie even when you don’t speak the language and even when you don’t look at the visuals if you can just listen to the tone people are using while they speak. Further, you can add all kinds of atmosphere and emotion to it with the selections included. In this...

Inabsolute 9/16

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Tonight’s mix is: Daughter – “Montreaux Jazz Festival 2016”The Man Who Cheated Himself (film, 1950) That’s it. Pretty simple tonight. I feel like it’s pretty good for time travel back to the mid 50s (though, admittedly, in this incarnation I wasn’t there). Daughter is one of those bands that is so great at what they do (play beautiful sad music) that the...

Inabsolute 9/15

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Tonight’s mix is: Deep Cello Music The Cry of the Armenian Duduk Isle of Forgotten Sins    (*note* this gets played at 1/2 speed) I’ve decided after learning about the duduk that pretty much all videos can be enhanced by having a duduk. It’s this haunting, wailing instrument that you’ll recognize from movie soundtracks. It can make anything sound...

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Ben LeRoy is spirit trapped in the 21st century on Earth. Someday he will be somewhere else. Until then, he's glad to know you're out there, too. And later elsewhere he will be glad to know you're out there, too.