A performative response to The Birch Tree in Winter.
I really enjoyed taking on a score by my colleague and friend created in response to a score I sent to him to solve.
As I am only capable of uttering 3 words per second it became immediately clear that I was not going to be able to physically perform "The Stifled Mouth" or "The Rolling Year" within the allotted 2 second time brackets so I decided to recite each poem with no concern for timings and then altered their durations via the Audacity application in post-production.
The video features a background from both Time Travel by James Gleick and The Order of Time by Carlo Ravelli, taken from screenshots of Google Books previews of the texts. Of course I was immediately attracted to the image in Gleick's book from the Peabody's Improbable History segments of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends as I regularly cite that cartoon as one of the major childhood influences upon my sense of humor and aesthetic. For balance I included Ravelli's Smurfs adorned time flow diagram.
Using the stopwatch works with both Rob's emphasis upon time in his score as well as what I have done with other iterations of other rune scores.
- Paul Zmolek