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LOWEST FI

Listening to records so you don’t have to since 2003

WHERE TO BUY:
The Basement Labs Bandcamp
http://thebasementlabs.bandcamp.com


Playground Coffee (Brooklyn, NY)

http://playgroundcoffeeshop.com/



Now, on Youtube!

Basement Labs VHS releases - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQxmbcjrKYdDOy3luD9SN0Q

OG tBL Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4bNfvsC2bL3rttBM-_CYmw

Weird VHS rips -

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkE8DTAlhlPg90ORW_CZ9dA


Forgotten Landscapes - Hourly posts from my recurring dreams

(Created by Diognes the Fox)

https://twitter.com/imaginarylandsc

My Slow Year Asleep - A Collaborative Year Long Instagram Multimedia Art Project (Curated by Mike Videopunk) NOW COMPLETE!!!

https://www.instagram.com/thebasementlabs/


LPs/EPs/Singles(via BANDCAMP)

Diognes the Fox

Employee #6817

R.

Sólarsteinn

 


Misc. Links

The Basement Labs instagram - https://goo.gl/6ouWgF

The Basement Labs Facebook - https://goo.gl/ayYAQo

Employee #6817 Soundcloud - https://goo.gl/77NKvX

“A Thousand Days of Truth” Daily Haiku Project - https://goo.gl/fGUz1P

“#ihateithere” Haiku Project - https://goo.gl/3wQA7M

Capital Waste Pictures - https://goo.gl/gTEpVR

Videopunks NumberF Profile - https://goo.gl/zhJ6eU

Forgotten Landscapes - https://goo.gl/vXVmgy


VHS Releases

UPCOMING

ON SALE

VXPX_032 - R23X - RE-GEN+

VXPX_031 - [redacted]

VXPX_030 - MY SLOW YEAR ASLEEP

VXPX_029 - POWERPCME - Kmart 1989-1992

VXPX_028 - WINDOWS 98 FOREVER 

VXPX_027 - EMSTE - Judas Isosceles 

VXPX_026 - [redacted]


VXPX_025 - #PureMoods2018

VXPX_024 - Electric Sleep - Esoteric Side of Pop

VXPX_023 - R23X - RE-GEN (Magfest Ltd)

VXPX_022 - Frogman’s Silly Scaries

VXPX_021 - VIDEO ART IS DEAD

VXPX_020 - TOMORROW IS CODE FOR A BRIGHT AND SHINING FUTURE

VXPX_019 - Pursuing Paradise - Lust and The Downward Spiral

VXPX_018 - Richard Spencer Getting Punched in the Face for an Hour

VXPX_017 - #PUREMOODS2017

VXPX_016 - SPACE BONG - Dead in Paradise

VXPX_015 - VIDEO ART IS CHEAP

VXPX_014 - Instant Fireplace

VXPX_013 - #SADHOUSE

VXPX_012 - l'enfer est plein de bonnes volontés ou désirs

VXPX_011 - FILTH PALACE

VXPX_010 - The Basement Labs Test Tape 785bk - F̴oŕ ̨Int̴er̶na̸l U͟s͞e ͞Onĺy͠

VXPX_009 - BEAT KIDS

VXPX_008 - THAT’S EDUTAINMENT!

VXPX_007 - NIGHT OF THE LIVING GLITCH

VXPX_006 - VIDEO ART IS BORING

VXPX_005 - SLEEPTALKING / HEARLING GLOVE

VXPX_004 - NOEYES x JPEGSTRIPES

VXPX_003 - #PUREMOODS2016

VXPX_002 - VIDEOTERROR

VXPX_001 - VIDEO ART IS AWFUL


Mixes/Mixtapes/etc

SUPER VIDEOHAUS SESSIONS

SVHSessions - TSHIMA x VIDEOPUNKS

SVHSessions - NO EYES x VIDEOPUNKS

The Liar (ex-Angelspit / ex-R.)

CHANNELHELL001

CHANNELHELL002

CHANNELHELL003

Videopunks

#Sadhouse v1.01

#Sadhouse v1.02

#Sadhouse v1.03

#Sadhouse v1.04

Live 360 VR

THE BASEMENT LABS VHS RELEASES on Youtube

Brand new dance, you all must learn

LAB001 - Puzzle

LAB002 - Chudageddon

LAB003 - 10,000 45 RPM Record Labels in Six Minutes

LAB004 - I Get Customers


CHECK BACK OFTEN.  MORE RELEASES SOON.

Submissions: thebasementlabsworldwide@gmail.com


20181010 • There’s lots of things brewing, and lots of things to do.  

I bought a battery powered 4 channel cassette multitrack, and I look forward to both making music with it, and performing that music live.  We started making/releasing CD-Rs.  DTF just received a shipment of Red VHS tapes.  Tshima releases an LP soon.  It’s all very exciting.


 

20180723 • A Note on Radical Transparency

A couple of years ago, I started a Google Doc that I called ‘The Videopunks Codex’, that was going to be a landing page for all things The Basement Labs.  I’ve mostly forgotten about it, and there’s a lot of interesting stuff in there.  Mostly, there’s notes on projects that I never really got to do, or I’ll never get a chance to do, and rather than just lose those thoughts out in the aether, I think it’s a good idea to get everything down.

I feel like a lot of Projects/Labels/Whatever are really precious, and secretive about what they do.  I think, from now on, I’m going to try and be more open about everything, because we’re really standing on the shoulders of giants.

Consider this a stepping stool.  Go out, and make dope art.


Table of Contents


FAQ


Glossary (in no particular order)


Start Your Own Fucking Label

But First. . . Why?

        We live in a time where A LOT of artists we know will never get a chance to have a physical release.  This is especially common among Video/Glitch artists.  

Once Youtube/Vimeo/Instagram goes away, where will your work live?  It can only sit on a hard drive for so long.

We here, at The Basement Labs, have come up with both an interesting and cost effective solution:

Fucking VHS Tapes.

        We love VHS.  It’s Cheap.  It lasts Forever.  If you damage the tape, you can splice it, and still get SOME data off of it.  It’s reliable. . . and it keeps the weirdo freakout straight-to-video tradition alive.


A Note on Pricing/Availability:
        Don’t be a dick.  Don’t force your fans to buy $40 VHS tapes.  Fuck You.  Cost shouldn’t be a barrier for entry, both for Creating Tapes, and Collecting Tapes.  We’re going to charge <$10 for as long as we can.  The idea isn’t to make a shit ton of money, it’s to put multiple backups of this art out in the world, on people’s shelves, so these works can survive.

It’s not (strictly) about commerce, it’s about survival.

Use this information for Good, not Ill.  If you get really fucking rich, break us off a piece.

As of 20181010, this is our gear/signal routing.


Technical Details (that we use all the time)

iPhone 7 Data Rates

iPhone 7 Video Encode Settings

 

Video

Audio

GB’s per hour

1080p30

16 Mbps H.264 High Profile

86 Kbps, 44.1 KHz AAC

7.2 GB/hr

1080p60

25 Mbps H.264 High Profile

86 Kbps, 44.1 KHz AAC

11.25  GB/hr

4kP30

48 Mbps H.264 High Profile

86 Kbps, 44.1 KHz AAC

21.6 GB/hr

1080p120

38 Mbps H.264 High Profile

86 Kbps, 44.1 KHz AAC

17.1 GB/hr

720p240

38 Mbps H.264 High Profile

86 Kbps, 44.1 KHz AAC

17.1 GB/hr

VHS Tape Lengths at Various Speeds

Tape label

(nominal length in minutes)

Tape length

Rec. time (NTSC)

m

ft

SP

LP

EP/SLP

T-20

44

145

22 min

44 min

66 min (1h 06)

T-30 (typical VHS-C)

63

207

31.5 min

63 min (1h 03)

95 min (1h 35)

T-45

94

310

47 min

94 min (1h 34)

142 min (2h 22)

T-60

126

412

63 min (1h 03)

126 min (2h 06)

188 min (3h 08)

T-90

186

610

93 min (1h 33)

186 min (3h 06)

279 min (4h 39)

T-120 / DF240

247

811

124 min (2h 04)

247 min (4h 07)

371 min (6h 11)

T-140

287.5

943

144 min (2h 24)

287 min (4h 47)

431 min (7h 11)

T-150 / DF300

316.5

1040

158 min (2h 38)

316 min (5h 16)

475 min (7h 55)

T-160

328

1075

164 min (2h 44)

327 min (5h 27)

491 min (8h 11)

T-180 / DF-360

369

1210

184 min (3h 04)

369 min (6h 09)

553 min (9h 13)

T-200

410

1345

205 min (3h 25)

410 min (6h 50)

615 min (10h 15)

From Wikipedia

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IPod Touch Video Cheatsheet

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See Also (mostly wikipedia links)

[People]

Nam June Paik (from Wikipedia)

Brion Gysin (from Wikipedia)

William S. Burroughs (from Wikipedia)

The Designers Republic (from Wikipedia)

Genesis P-Orridge (from Wikipedia)

List of Ambient Music Artists (From Wikipedia)

[Places]

Civic TV (TX)
Coaxial Arts (LA)

Nite Owl Theater (Miami)

Anthology Film Archive (NYC)

Spectacle Theater (NYC)



[Things]

The Disintegration Loops (from Wikipedia)

Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

“As Slow As Possible” - John Cage Piece

Background Music (From Wikipedia)

Structural Film

The Cure for Insomnia

List of Longest Films (from Wikipedia)

Slow Television (From Wikipedia)

Endurance Art (From Wikipedia)

Slow Cinema (From Wikipedia)

Ambient Video (From Wikipedia)

Ambient Music (From Wikipedia)

Lab. The Basement (From Wikipedia)
Danger Music (From Wikipedia)

Turn-On (from Wikipedia)

Interactive Movie  (From Wikipedia)

Cinema of Transgression

Dream Machine (from Wikipedia)

Shaped Compact Disc (from Wikipedia)

Shuffle Play (from Wikipedia)

Portastudio (from Wikipedia)

Hexagon Sun (From Wikipedia)

CDR FAQ

Musical Multi-Track Cassette Looping

Paulstretch - Audio Stretching Algorithm

Twixtor - Video Stretching/Motion Interpolation plugin

DVD-Audio (from Wikipedia)

Cut-up Technique (from Wikipedia)

Oblique Strategies (from Wikipedia)


See Also:

The Secret Life of ACID MIDI


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