March 27, 2005 20:18 | Culture

Black tambourine

Two years ago Apple released a little snippet of code on its developer site called "Ascii Movie Player Sample". Basically you run it in the Terminal, feed it a Quicktime .mov and it plays it in ascii. Neat.

I heard that music labels are cutting back their artist promotion budgets ("because of the internet")... music video producers everywhere are gasping.

beck - black tambourine

Here's an example of how the environment shapes creativity, the market dictates fashion, the tools influence style.

(Of course this is also an example of how something can only be done once, or repeatedly only by the same "individual" before it becomes cliché. Another example of *that* is Apple's Saturated Colors iPod series of ads.)

(Beck link from Momus' Click Opera)