Yeep!Eep!Eep!Program (or YEEP) by Daniel Temkin aka rottytooth creates images reminiscent of computer error using the unique retro pseudographics of the Commodore 64. By manipulating the VIC registers, YEEP generates images based on data that happens to be in RAM at the time, and what was on the screen just before the program ran. This information is mediated through character sets controlled by the user. It also has controls to alter the color and add additional data to be drawn. The entire palette available on the C64 is in use (all 16 colors!).
What inspired your piece?
I’m interested in the irrationality of logical systems and the conflict between human thought and computer logic. I love simple programs that take us to weird places. Everything YEEP does is contained in two lines of code, the rest is there for usability and color changes. I wrote it in BASIC and released under Creative Commons to allow others to experiment with what is essentially a bizarre feature built into the Commodore.
Working with the C64 was especially gratifying — this is the machine I learned to code on, sneaking into my older brother’s room to use it. The work is also influenced by the aesthetics of hardware hacks such as Jeff Donaldson’s noteNdo project.
What music are you currently listening to?
I just saw Guided By Voices last month at Irving Plaza – that’s the music I code to.
Are you excited to see anyone in particular at lWlVl?
Raquel Meyers and Rosa Menkman
What do you recommend seeing or doing for those traveling to NYC ?
I have a duo show up at Transfer Gallery with A Bill Miller right now called Language and Code, which deals with similar themes. Would be great to see you there!
Yeep!Eep!Eep!Program will be on view throughout lWlVl Festival and during our $5 gallery hours on 8/23 from 11:00AM to 4:30PM.
Looking forward to installing YEEP (for the first time in about four years) and projecting it much larger than I ever have before. For a low-fi piece it means pixels as big as your head!
lWlVl Festival is proud to present musical performances by
PAZA RAHM (SE)BIT SHIFTER (US)IAYD (US)MEISHI SMILE (US)
live visuals by
DANIEL TEMKIN (US)
For full line-up and more announcements, check out lWlVl.com
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