Dado used the image of the TV static photos I did (with Ray Rapp) to accompany a blog post on the buzzing sounds and visual crackling we sometimes experience in sleep or near-sleep, and their relationship to the "three types of thought": perceptual, linguistic, and proprioceptive (involving body awareness). It's in French, so I'm relying on Google to translate it. I'm pleased to see the image getting out there. That work has not been shown, outside my studio, website, and the people who have linked to it. Or, put another way, it has been shown around the world but not seen in a physical, public space in New York.

- tom moody 6-26-2006 1:42 am

I was unsure that you would appreciate someone using your work in order to illustrate their own blog posts... especially without asking for your authorization. Thank you for being so kind. Now I've the feeling that it's my duty to explain a little what this post was about. I hope it could be some interest, particularly for those who tried to translate this post with Google - quite an impossible task!

In the previous two posts, I made a little experiment: three sound samples were obtained through filtering white noise. To make things very short, people were first asked whether they could hear in those samples something like a voice: they agreed but they couldn't understand anything. In the second post, they were suggested they could hear, in the same samples, three sentences which were supposed to be said; and they heard them indeed. Yet sentences are expressed in french hence I greatly doubt it will work with people who don't know this language. It was an interesting experiment.

The post you speak about summarizes this experiment: it relates this to three modalities of thought, auditory, visual and proprioceptive. From this experiment and from my own recent experience, I supposed that thoughts appeared from this noise - as you said, "buzzing sounds and visual crackling we sometimes experience in sleep or near-sleep". Thoughts appear as incoherent words and images first, then they are organized. This phenomenon is similar to pareidolia, when people recognize faces, animals or landscapes in random stimulus. As the visual crackling looks like TV statics, it made me think of such an illustration for this article. That's how I found your TV statics photos.

Thank you again for your interest and congratulations on your very interesting work.

- Dado (guest) 6-27-2006 4:21 am

Your experiment reminds me of one I read about in R. Murray Schafer's The Soundscape.

Inmates from a mental institution were played recordings of voices that were partially masked by white noise.

The patients then described the results: a "baby crying," "someone crying out in pain"--the descriptions differed from person to person. (I'll look them up when I'm at home with the book--they were very poetic. I never understood why it had to be mental patients and not just anybody.)

- tom moody 6-27-2006 5:20 am

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