“There is always a whole space, which already exists in its entirety, onto which ideas and images can be mapped, using only that portion of the space needed.” Viola started his idea of computer memory structures and through his experience of video taping in 1980 where people still using tape recorder and making mixed tape or VCR. At the moment when he wrote this article, people had to hold the button for certain seconds to go play back or forward. It is amazing that he has certain understanding of how computer memories were structured, how it works, how data was stored and hold not only that above, he explains that in very short period of time, we are be able to be master of editing original video or recording without physically “cutting”, instead editing will become the writing of software program that will tell the computer how to arrange the information on the disc, playing it back in the specified sequence in real time or allowing the viewer to intervene. He also states that play back speed, the cardinal frames a second, will become intelligently variable and malleable, becoming as in electronic music practice, merely one fundamental frequency among many which can be modulated, shifted up or down, superimposed,or interrupted according to the parameters of electronic wave theory. Different sections can be assigned to play back at specific speeds or reversed and individual frames can be held still on the screen for predetermined durations, which is about today’s most device that has music or motion player do. When I read this over this week’s reading, it reminds me of my parents’ mix tapes that they made for each other in 1980’s when the tape or VCR were most advanced technologies. It is interesting his idea was far ahead of the at that moment trend when people had a hard time to edit tape recording and play or playback or finding the “right” part of the tape or VCR.

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