Record Needle vs Film Emulsion

by James June SCHNEIDER
2008 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 7' 50

"Modern society has led us to dig and drill to provide the energy for which our society demands."
In this film, two 19th century technologies collide: a record needle ("modified") and the emulsion of a 16mm film loop. Over a period of 2 hours, the film emulsion with its optical soundtrack was scratched by the hand-held record needle as the film passed through the projector gate. During Degradation #2, this process is presented at progressive stages (for example, "150 passes, 38 minutes"). The soundtrack is a mix of the sound produced by the record needle and the gradually degraded original optical track.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English
rental fee 28,00 €