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Lines of Force

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Snyder, Bob

1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 21 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 21 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 21 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 21 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

"Lines of Force" was broadcast along with "Winter Notebook." Both works were created by video and sound artist Bob Snyder. New Television Workshop appears to have presented but not produced the works.

"Lines of Force" appears on several videos with another work by Bob Snyder, entitled "Winter Notebook." These include a 2" master, a Betacam SP preservation master, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies.

"Lines of Force" opens with footage of a dramatic explosion. For most of the piece, the screen is divided, into a triptych at first, and slowly into horizontal and vertical bars. Electronically manipulated footage shows a man walking, a marching band, ferns, cartoons, a window, and a train arriving on a set of tracks. The naturally occurring lines in the array of images presented mirror the electronically created bars and lines that divide the screen. Natural scenes provide a respite from the frantic pace of the images.

The music score was created by Bob Snyder. The music mirrors the pace of the work. When images are at their most frantic, sounds like free jazz horns blare forth. More lyrical electronic music mirrors the more peaceful arrays of natural images.

Illinois Arts Council

Image-processed works

See Also:
Winter Notebook

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