On a work called "Aceeeh ino rrsssstUv"
Ries, Scott Michael
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This thesis discusses a work of sound and video art called Aceeeh ino rrssstUv (hereafter Aceeeh ), a complete algorithmic reordering of the filmography and discography of the Beatles. Each chapter's subtitle is a Beatles song and is accompanied by a short proposal for another project informed by the discourse to follow. Chapter I begins by introducing Aceeeh and this paper: what Aceeeh is, what the viewer sees and hears, a brief description of how it was made, and the thesis of this paper. This is undertaken to equip the reader with a mental/aural image of the work if she has not seen or heard it, a descriptive and theoretical background for the following chapters. The bulk of the chapter approaches the work more obliquely, analyzing details of some artistic antecedents that informed the production of Aceeeh, from literature, popular and Western art music, film, and the visual arts. Chapter II is divided into four theoretical sections, each of which intersects with Aceeeh; they thereby provide a meaningful framework for it. The first section discusses piracy as a historical and legal phenomenon; the second seeks to find connections between the terms mimesis and economy. The third section discusses the content/expression dichotomy. The fourth and final section discusses what will be called 'conventional' editing software and some of its implications. Chapter III is a meticulous discussion of each of the four algorithms used to create Aceeeh, for the cover art, video, audio, and track/album titles and lengths. This discussion is undertaken in order to render the work open source, allowing it to be completely reconstructed from the original source material. There is then a discussion of why each of these algorithms was chosen. The fourth and final Chapter draws conclusions about Aceeeh and its precedents; however it avoids a straightforward conclusive mode for an experimental method befitting the work it discusses, namely Harry Mathews' algorithm for the production of text; the source materials for this conclusion are the other three chapters of this paper.