I can confirm that in 2009, when Tony Conrad appeared in person at San Francisco Cinematheque, *The Flicker *was screened with soundtrack from a CD provided by Conrad. He specifically informed us that this was a *stereo* version of the usual 16mm mono soundtrack. I do not recall his instructions as to when to push "play" or whatever but obviously there is no way that anything like frame-for-frame sync was achieved this way. I personally have my doubts that the original (16mm optical) soundtrack is as closely synced as others are claiming but I have no way of backing this up. By my recollection, indeed the warning section of *The Flicker* has a different soundtrack (old time movie music, right?). I do not recall how this was dealt with during the in-person stero-soundtrack-from-CD presentation of the film in 2009.
Info on *Tony Conrad: Flickering Jewel* April 3–5, 2009: Program One <http://www.sfcinematheque.org/immersive_cinema_spring_2009/> Program Two <http://www.sfcinematheque.org/tony_conrad_flickering_jewel_program_two/> Program Three <http://www.sfcinematheque.org/tony_conrad_flickering_jewel_program_three/> If anyone is interested, Cinematheque will present a two-part Conrad tribute in San Francisco March 24–26, 2017, including a screening of *Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present* <http://www.sfcinematheque.org/screenings/tony-conrad-completely-in-the-present-program-1/>, Tyler Hubby's recent documentary portrait of Conrad and a screening of films by Conrad <http://www.sfcinematheque.org/screenings/tony-conrad-completely-in-the-present-program-2-the-flicker-and-other-films/>, including *The Flicker* (remains to be seen whether the sndtk will be optical or CD). Steve Polta On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 9:32 AM, Esperanza Collado < esperanzacolla...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hi Jonathan, > > That is very strange. I have projected *The Flicker *2 or 3 times so far; > print always came from LUX and the sound of course was optical and on the > print. I believe the light patterns (the actual flick) are synchronized > with sound in a very precise manner, as there is a crescendo in both image > and sound, reaching a peak aproximately at the middle of the film, and then > (optical and sonic) rhythm begins to decend. So, good luck! You may need to > ask for an explanation though. > > The Warning also had a different soundtrack on it, if memory serves... > > > > > > 2017-02-27 18:21 GMT+01:00 Jonathan Walley <wall...@denison.edu>: > >> Hello everyone, >> >> I’m showing *The Flicker* tomorrow in a seminar, and the print arrived >> from Filmmakers’ Coop with sound on CD (no optical track), which surprised >> me. When I’ve rented the film in the past, the print came had an optical >> track; to confirm my memory of this, I looked at images of the strip online >> (http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/collections/reference-libr >> ary/stills/494). I don’t remember showing it any other way. >> >> The instructions that came with the print simply indicate that the CD >> should be started with the picture, but my understanding is that the rhythm >> of the sound is supposed to be synchronized with the flicker patterns in >> the image. Am I wrong? >> >> Anyone know something about this? I can contact MM at FMC (though I know >> she’s also on this list), but I thought I’d also put the question to the >> larger Frameworks community to see if anyone has projected *The Flicker* >> this way, and if anyone has tips, ideas, experiences, etc., to share. >> >> Tony Conrad: continuing to baffle and challenge us from beyond. >> >> Best, >> JW >> >> Dr. Jonathan Walley >> Associate Professor and Chair >> Department of Cinema >> Denison University >> wall...@denison.edu >> >> >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> FrameWorks mailing list >> FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com >> https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks >> >> > > > -- > Esperanza Collado > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > www.esperanzacollado.org > > _______________________________________________ > FrameWorks mailing list > FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com > https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks > >
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