Nate Harrison's audiovisual essays

A while ago I came across a widely-seen Youtube video about the history of the Amen breakbeat, which was a reposting of a recording of a 2004 documentary audio installation by artist Nate Harrison. It details the artist's view of the rise of the break, as well as what this might tell us about the effects of intellectual property on cultural development.

Can I Get An Amen? — Nate Harrison (2004)

Having enjoyed the piece's dry-yet-engaging style, as well as learning about such a specific cultural phenomenon in some detail, I sought out other pieces by the same artist. Luckily, they're posted on his online gallery, as well as on Several of them are somewhat-abstract video installations which are less interesting to me, but there are several other audiovisual essays which I have enjoyed, on various aspects on art, media and tools.

Bassline Baseline — Nate Harrison (2005)

The history of the Roland TB-303 Bass Line synthesiser, and its decedents, and how the design of artists' tools affect their expression:

Stock Exchange — Nate Harrison (2006)

A correspondence with a commercial stock footage library, and the meaning of "neutral" content:

Aura Dies Hard (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Copy) — Nate Harrison (2010)

A history of video art and its relationship with video media, video technology, and curation:

(As far as I can tell, Harrison releases his videos as CC; hence me mirroring them. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.)




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