A Shimmering Analog Memory: Artists' films in Pixelvision
Sadie Benning, Peggy Ahwesh and the PXL-2000.
I remember seeing the Pixelvision when I was a teenager. It was nestled in next to the Commodore 64s in the Toys R Us computer and electronics section. But I couldn’t spring for its $100 price tag on my minimum-wage budget.
I forgot about it until I saw the Pixelvision sequence in Linklater’s “Slacker.” By then it was too late to find one easily, and too early to eBay one.
It wouldn’t be until 2001 that I would actually own my own camcorder. It is largely passé, if not obsolete, now. But way more hifi than the Pixelvision that I still kind of want.
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Boo! Sony ends production of all minidisc players
I was such a minidisc fan from 1997 - 2007. Best way to record digital audio without lugging around a PC, or spending more than a grand. Sure, you could find fault with the fidelity of Sony’s ATRAC compression, but to my ears it always beat out MP3. Most of Sony’s players had seriously good headphone amps that still rival iPhones, iPods and most smartphones out there.
Alas, in the end it was hard to argue with 2, 8, 16 or more gigabytes of music in your pocket, compared with carrying around a pile of small discs, each with just 74 - 320 minutes of music on it. Once Zoom introduced their H2 portable digital audio recorder, that was the day that I left poor old minidisc for good.