Tuesday, September 10, 2019

ASIFA Central Meeting Notes - June 24, 2019 - backup notes fr September 11th meeting

Present: Jim M (really hoping this phone ap works), Deanna, Chuck, Brad, Gretchen, Chris, Steve (hosting), Julie, Bob

Topics:
Summer Retreat - Chuck, Julie (maybe), Brad, Steve, Chris, Bob, Deanna

July 19th
Dinner (for the early birds):
University City Loop  https://visittheloop.com/

July 20th
9:45 - 10:00 / Registration - Media Commons
10:00 - 10:15 / Words from the President - Media Commons
10:15 - 10:30 / What’s Up With ASIFA Central? - Media Commons
10:30 - 11:00 / Workshop I: Six Second Animated Film Strip - Steve Leeper - SVER
11:00 - 12:00 / Workshop II: Painting on Film - Chris Sagovac - SVER
12:00 - 1:00 / Lunch Delivered (pizza maybe?) - Media Commons
1:30 - 3:00 / Workshop III: Pixilation - Media Commons
3:00 - 4:30 / Workshop IV: Putting it all together
5:00 - 6:30 / Dinner - Frisco Barroom
7:00 - 7:10 / Animating In-Between the Lines - Mike Long - Media Commons
7:15 - 7:25 / Ethan Halker - Astro Boy - Media Commons
7:30 - 7:40 / International Animation Day - Brad Yarhouse - Media Commons
7:45 - 7:55 / Something Something Something - Chris Aaron - Media Commons
8:00 - 8:15 / Remembering Suzan Pitt - Charles Wilson - Media Commons
8:30 - 10:00 / Best of Ottawa and Nina Paley - SVER 123

July 21st
Brunch

Thriller Chiller
Tom Sullivan - he’s available and will be glad to chauffeur himself to GR -  his programs are pretty flexible, he’s a huge fan of Harryhausen and likes to create his own “new versions” of films.

SITE LAB and IAD

IAD showing

Interactive Animation Event

Committee Gretchen, Julie, Deanna, add Jim to that too

Next month overview of opportunities

Membership numbers report
Number of Comp’d [1]
Honorary [4]
International [28]
Student members [4]

Update on Paypal and Bank balances

Tax-exempt status (re: the renewal e-mail we received this month?)
From Deanna: It was a company, called SImple 990, trying to charge $30 to file for your organization. I just did it online. We need to file an e-postcard, called form 990-N each year, between May 31st and October 15th. We are using Jim’s Battle Creek P.O. Box as our primary address. See image below. It’s easy to file - took about 20 minutes - I can walk a new treasurer through this at some point. We are still good with our non-profit status.

Short international report from Deanna, ASIFA meetings last week at Annecy Festival. I sent my informal report of the informal meeting out to the board now, FYI.

Hey, - Anniversaries: 2020 is ASIFA 60th Anniversary, also the 60th anniversary of the Annecy International Animation Festival… and the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. ASIFA/Central, founded in 1975, will be 45 years old next year!!! Wow! We persist!
45th is Sapphire, 60 and 75 are both Diamonds!

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Public Domain Observations - Seeking Stokowski

Animation for the Ear (from the ASIFA Central Summer 2019 newsletter)

        A rich musical resource, featuring Leopold Stokowski and his acoustic recordings between 1917 and 1923 (public domain by material, public domain by performance) is available for review and download from:
        https://www.stokowski.org/1917-1924_Stokowski_Acoustic_Recordings.htm

        For acoustic performances (recorded through a horn to the wax blank, and not with a microphone), these are quite sophisticated and well engineered.  I suspect that the  unusual, comparative roundness of the sound from the strings in these selections is due to the large size of the orchestra, with the additional violins working in close synchrony.  The engineers were giving it all for their attention as well, squeezing as much as possible onto the 12 inch matrices without sacrificing groove width and flexibility.
On the down side, they are all acoustic, with increased surface noise and muted fidelity. 
On the plus side, they’re public domain, and of the available examples, are among the best.  Using some creativity with filters and speed adjustment, and you have some impressive sound beds.  The selections come as mp3s, along with the date of recording, just to smear the info into the faces of youtube or FB monitors.
Over the years, many of these 78s have found their way into the shellac-and-wax-based archive here, but these already-converted recordings are a remarkable collection of some very familiar selections waiting to join your digital library.  Through 1923, they include:

Hungarian Dances #1,5, 6, Brahms
Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Orpheus and Eurydice, Gluck
Anitra’s Dance from Peer Gynt, Greig
Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, Mendelssohn
Symphony #40, 3rd movement, Mozart
Carmen, Prelude to Act 1, Changing of the Guard, The Smugglers, Bizet
Blue Danube Waltz, Strauss
Hungarian Rhapsody #2, Liszt
Largo from the New World Symphony, Dvorak
Finlandia, Sibelius
Faust, Waltz from Act II, Gounod
Dance of the Tumblers, Rimsky-Korsakov

        Next year, when 1924 opens its public domain vaults, Rachmaninoff’s Piano concerto #2, performed by Rachmaninoff, is at your service.  Like the acoustic version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (which is another 1924 release), this first recording provides what some (including your humble typist) consider the better piano performance of the piece.
        The  website is of the nice, old fashioned html variety, and the links were all still connecting to mp3 versions of these recordings as of 30 July 2019.  I had no problem downloading the files for my thumb drive (formerly called, according to my students, as a “memory stick”) of road tripping material.  The site also has in-depth information on early recordings, the evolution of Stokowski’s style, and his influence throughout the acoustic and early electric era of recorded sound.  Someone spent hundreds of hours putting this all together, and you can easily spend a couple of hours here.
        Another source of recordings that are in the public domain can come from the record catalogues themselves - Victor, Columbia, and Edison put out annual promotions.  Remember, the current cut off is 1923, but 1924 kicks in come January, 2020...


Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Gotta Love the Sanskrit

Nine rules for being human – handed down from ancient Sanskrit

You will receive a body.
You will learn lessons.
There are no mistakes, only lessons.
A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
Learning lessons does not end.
“There” is no better than “Here”.
Others are merely mirrors of you.
What you make of your life is up to you.
The answers lie inside you.

Now, you can make it 
12 rules for being human - handed down from ancient Sanskrit 
If you add

Life is exactly what you think it is
You will forget all of this
You can remember it whenever you want

Choose either one - 64 years of kicking around on this dustball and I have found nothing in that time to contradict these statements, regardless of the source.

But, then, I forget things.
That's why we have dogs.  Dogs make you get up in the morning and remember things.

Now, let's make that
13 rules for being human - handed down from ancient Sanskrit and your dog