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Video degradation project on YouTube yields insane results

Laura June

Patrick Liddel, a musician who records under the name Ontologist pays homage to Alvin Lucier's performance piece "I Am Sitting in a Room." In that piece, Lucier recorded himself speaking, then played the recording, re-recording it repeatedly -- until the speech was unrecognizable. Liddel's take on the idea is in the form of a YouTube video. The final video (both videos are below) is the result of the video being uploaded 1,000 times, and has degraded to the point where it is unrecognizable. Be sure the volume's down a bit before watching the second video, and you can hit up Liddel's YouTube channel to check out some of the earlier videos.

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