moDernisT_v2 (2015, 2m15s, layered mp3 detritus, mp4 detritus)
A trace, a fading memory. “moDernisT_v2” 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 main controls 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 the original “Tom’s Diner” music video (1987 a capella version). Thus, both audio and video are the “ghosts” of their respective compression codecs.