Rule of Three
The Collapse of PAL
by Rosa Menkman
Television, video art
An angelic aura is glimpsed through a grainy screen. Heavenly high cheekbones are obscured by a shifting smear of blue pixels. Wobbly green rays disrupt the vision, lines violently pulled taut as fried circuits attempt to throw up the correct display. Howls of faulty electrics match the frantic movement, with the crackling screeches occasionally calming to a wash of white noise. Originally broadcast on Danish national television, The Collapse of PAL may have been understood either as a eulogy to analogue, or the swansong of a dying television set, redundant and ready for the rubbish dump.
Words by Elizabeth Brown
‘Do While’ was created through an act of destruction. Knives, paint, and tape in hand, Oval set about damaging compact discs of ambient music. The scars caused the records to stutter and skip, only to be stitched back together as loops. A resonant motif repeats in smooth peals, a set of wind chimes reverberating in a gentle breeze. Piercing the peace is a flock of percussive pitches, sonic shards that swoop across the soundscape. At first they intrude, marking the surface with unwelcome scratches and scrapes, but we soon surrender to their song. Every repeat listen reveals an unnoticed secret, each strike scoring a new groove.
Words by John Wadsworth
Hyper Light Drifter
developed by Heart Machine
The Drifter hunches over, coughing up pink blood into a river that runs red. A shadow grows beneath the surface, morphing into a monstrous form that looms large behind him. He slashes it in two with a lightspeed swipe of his teal-hued sword, but knows that many more attacks on his health will follow. We must guide him around a finely pixelated world, weapon in hand. In the absence of familiar letterings, maps and symbols provide the only hints of where to turn next. As we endeavour to light the land’s beacons, we must dodge and dart around increasingly worthy foes, defeating them with carefully controlled choreography.
Words by John Wadsworth
More to discover
Hyper Light Drifter: You can watch the trailer here, and see the prologue here. Chris Priestman has interviewed Alex Preston, the game's director, for The Guardian, as has Darren Carle for The Skinny. Levi Rubeck has reviewed the game for Kill Screen.
The Collapse of PAL is an example of glitch art. ‘Do While’ is an example of glitch music. The director of Hyper Light Drifter, Alex Preston, formed Glitch Space, an open-office space for indie game developers in Los Angeles.
Question of the day
Wreck-It Ralph, a film directed by Rich Moore, in which one of the main characters is referred to as 'The Glitch'. (→)
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