moDernisT_v1 (2015, 2m15s, layered mp3 detritus, mp4 detritus)
Like a trace or a fading memory, “moDernisT_v1” is made of the sounds and images lost to compression via the mp3 and mp4 codecs. The song “Tom’s Diner”, famously used as one of the control tracks in the MP3 listening tests, provides the outline. Here the form of the song remains intact, but the details are fractured remnants of the original. The video is made from pixel information erased during mp4 compression of a visual response to the music by takahiro suzuki. Thus, both audio and video are the “ghosts” of their respective compression codecs.