Circle 9 Sunrise / The Poem

This is a reel consisting of Barbara Sykes' live performance of "Circle 9 Sunrise" (1976) and the work "The Poem" (1975) and made with the Sandin Image Processor.

00:00Copy video clip URL Tape begins with tracking issues.

00:06Copy video clip URL Unstable footage of a man wearing a cowboy hat and talking on a microphone, announcing the second evening of the “Electronics Visualization Event” and the first piece by Tom DeFanti, Drew Browning, Barbara Sykes and Michael Sterling titled “Circle 9 Sunrise.”

00:35Copy video clip URL Camera pans over to Sykes as the piece begins. 

00:40Copy video clip URL The piece begins with vertical lines of cascading light and patterns set to slow, ambient synth tones. The vertical lines gradually join together and abstract, creating an evolving symmetrical visual orbiting around a central prism of colorful gradients, often evoking a sun.

09:43Copy video clip URL Cut to Sykes adjusting a switchboard and others at their respective stations during the performance. 

10:30Copy video clip URL The music ends and the camera pans up to an applauding audience. 

10:58Copy video clip URL Fade to black. 

11:01Copy video clip URL “Circle 9 Sunrise” credits.

11:27Copy video clip URL “The Poem” begins. Gradual fade into abstract swirling image processing accompanied by ambient music. The text of a poem begins to gradually appear on screen. It reads: “CHANGING COLORS TOUCH ME / SHADING MY THOUGHTS / WONDERING IF THE INTERPLAY / WILL BLIND OR ENLIGHTEN.” The poem then gradually collapses into the background.

12:39Copy video clip URL Dissolve to black. 

12:46Copy video clip URL The text of the poem is animated and heavily processed alongside other symbols in a semi-linear sequence. 

17:56Copy video clip URL The entirety of the poem reappears and slowly zooms out to center frame. 

18:10Copy video clip URL Credits for “The Poem.”

18:30Copy video clip URL Fade to black. 

19:01Copy video clip URL Tape ends.




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