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May 02, 2005

May Offering: 165 Star Oasis

Ever since I met Alex Theory at a Planetworks party, I've wanted to work with his music. Today I can finally say I have.

Last week I visited Alex in his studio out by Ocean Beach and got permission to set video to "Oasis", the title track of his next album. I took high-resolution renders of my favorite Electric Sheep from Generation 165, and edited them to follow the lines and structure of the song.

I am pleased to share with you the result: "165 Star Oasis". The video is at full resolution, totalling 100 megabytes in Google Video or in MPEG-4 format (Windows users may need this media player) by bittorrent:
share and enjoy, -spot of SPOTWORKS

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The visuals are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 2.0 by Scott Draves, and the music is All Rights Reserved by Alex Theory. Posted by spot at May 2, 2005 04:05 PM

Really nice stuff, Spot! Thank you for sharing. Am I seeing one or two new transform variations in there? Posted by: David Hart at May 4, 2005 11:53 PM
thanks dave! Well it depends on what you mean by "new", but these sheep are all from generation 165 (sheep v2.5) so the variations have been out over a year. But yes they are not in the original set of variations. Sheep v2.6 beta has 5 more new variations, lots more colors, and "post xforms" which add yet more geometric possibilities. Posted by: spot at May 5, 2005 04:50 AM
I want to see this video without using bitorrent. I have an amd-64 machine so I dont know if bitorrent will build. Can someone provide me an http URL? Posted by: thewade at May 5, 2005 10:43 AM
Bittorrent is pure Python so it will work on any platform with a Python interpreter. Posted by: cartel at May 10, 2005 05:15 PM
thewade: use azureus. its a java bit torrent client so should run on anything. Posted by: olly at May 11, 2005 02:33 AM
I have tried to download this but can't. Is there something special I need or need to do? I do have the latest divx codec. Rob Posted by: Rob at May 22, 2005 12:42 PM
yes you need to install bittorrent. Posted by: spot at May 22, 2005 01:01 PM
HI Spot, given recent paranoia about security, our sys-folk have banned bit-torrent and other stuff like that. Is there somewhere a non-bit-torrent version can be found? cheers, rodney Posted by: rodney at May 26, 2005 09:18 PM
That was very nicely done. I like how Alex synched his music with the sheep. I've watched it 4 times now. :) If you need an easy bittorrent application you can install BitTornado. Azureus is my favorite .torrent application but you also need to install Java runtime for it to work. If you don't use a lot of .torrents I'd go with BitTornado. Posted by: Ziploxx at June 8, 2005 08:32 AM
Excellent work! It really synchs well with the music. Posted by: Kyle at June 20, 2005 05:05 AM
Wow. It's like watching angels dancing. I love it. Posted by: amelia at June 22, 2005 05:37 PM
Always was a fan of e.s., not my favorite music style (that isn't an insult) but I've been waiting for someone to synch visualizations up with music for a long time. My recent re-discovering of electric sheep has allowed me to find that it's available! Posted by: Winston Smith 6079 at June 25, 2005 02:23 AM
Is there a special codec I need to view the movie on a Mac? Posted by: Alec at July 5, 2005 10:33 AM
High Alec, Namaste all. I used VLC or you could use Mplayer to play the .avi spot Again, i have to thank you for this amazing work you do. For inducing trance like states it is very effective with traditional Entheogens. I played 165 after i d/l it the other night and i love it. You can be sure i will be buying the DVD for future "journeys". You wont beleive this but it was because of this that i got my head round X11 and got Gimp running so i could play with Flames a little more but i get the impression that Apophysis is the application i want to creat my own sheep, am i wrong ?. Thing is i am on a Apple Mac G4 and dont know of a port of Apophysis. Fantastic vibes you are sharing spot, i am sure you and your code has put a far away look on many a users face. I love it. Chaos rules ;-) I wish you all the best. Sempre, Bazeado Posted by: Bazeado at July 5, 2005 02:19 PM
Sorry Alec, the first link was supposed to be Is there no way to edit posts ?. Posted by: Bazeado at July 5, 2005 02:22 PM
i guess i can't chew gun & walk........i dwnld both the vlc & the mplayer ........still no 165 Star Oasis. i've got a g5dual tower w/tiger. can sum1 help? aktionman Posted by: aktionman at August 2, 2005 06:49 PM
> On 8/3/2005, spot wrote: >> >>it's for downloading the video. >> >>after you've installed it, then >>go back and click on the link to >>the .torrent file to download the >>avi file. works w/vlc. Posted by: aktionman at August 2, 2005 10:00 PM
Hey man, this video is awesome! i don't know much about the versions of sheep but this is just wow :) Posted by: LeL at August 16, 2005 01:43 PM
Re-seed request! (I'm so excited) Posted by: Colin at September 21, 2005 07:07 AM
done. thanks for the heads-up. Posted by: spot at September 21, 2005 06:18 PM
thanks by advance A+ GIL Posted by: gil at September 26, 2005 03:45 PM
please keep up the good work i realy injoy your work. Posted by: slcombs at September 30, 2005 10:57 PM
very very nice ! ! , plz tell us how to record the "Sheeps" created by Electric Sheep screensaver in a AVI, MPG OR WMV. Using WM Encoder, is it possible ? And once again, congratulation. Posted by: roger at October 7, 2005 11:33 AM
hello sheepers, im a ambientchill DJ and a great fan of electric sheep want make a musicvideo with you together! interested? contact me! you can listen to my mixes @ -> dream factory or every 1st tuesday of a month @ looking forward to hear from you Posted by: FrancoFunghi at October 21, 2005 01:18 PM
Wow. That was impressive. The visuals were awesome. I've never seen anything quite like it. Makes you want to jump into the screen. Posted by: blackcat at November 2, 2005 02:34 PM
Hey the video still available? if i click on it or download to desktop i just get a 8kb file which doesn't do using tiger on mac ibook G3 Posted by: Boxie the Sorceress at November 20, 2005 12:12 PM
Sorry, I bugged out for a minute there...all good Posted by: Boxie the Sorceress at November 20, 2005 12:22 PM
Hi, I would love to see that 100mb 165 star oasis video with music. That would be great. How do I download it??? I cant find it on the page/link. Cheers Guido Posted by: Guido at February 3, 2006 04:07 PM
I downloaded it using BitComet, but if anyone is having a hard time downloading through the torrent, just message me and I'll send it to you over AIM. I'm "phyzome2", and I should be on most of the time. Posted by: Tim McCormack at February 12, 2006 09:29 PM
To anyone who can't get a BitTorrent client working: try again, it's really the better way. To anyone who STILL can't get a BitTorrent client working: if you must, download the video at . . . . . . I am assuming the artists involved have no issue with my redistributing this, but if that is not the case, they should email me and I will immediately remove the content from my server. Posted by: Matt Whitlock at March 2, 2006 09:22 AM
Okay, so if Coral cache is being retarded, just strip out the . . . Posted by: Matt Whitlock at March 2, 2006 11:39 AM
VERY nice piece of artwork!!!!! I love it very much !!!! Please keep up the good work !!! Posted by: Wiz at March 9, 2006 11:31 AM
wonderfull Posted by: moueza at April 18, 2006 03:08 AM
would like to know what program you are using to animate your fractal flames Posted by: Machine at June 20, 2006 09:12 PM
Amazing!! Beautiful!! Alex's music too. Thanks a lot for sharing Spot, you've made the net a little nicer a place! I don't suppose you have an HD version of the video you'd like to share, I'd love to see it in its full glory... :) Well thanks, see ya! Posted by: Lanchon at August 20, 2006 04:54 AM
i see you got here really spam problem try using some antispam plugins:) but it's really great stuff. Posted by: praca at November 11, 2006 03:14 AM
Nice site Posted by: praga lucerna at November 29, 2006 01:00 PM
Excellent work! It really synchs well with the music. Thanks Posted by: eMule Forum at December 10, 2006 10:02 AM
thanks by advance A+ GIL Posted by: Server List for eMule at December 10, 2006 10:03 AM
Hi Spot, wonderfull work both yours and his,I hope you do more. I'm most curious though,could I talk to you about which codecs/compresson methods you used to render this down to 99.9 megs and look this good? T'sarveK Posted by: T'sarveK at January 6, 2007 11:25 PM
Wow, amazing. I really like it, well done, congratulations! Posted by: island at January 8, 2007 02:36 AM
wow extremly nice, well done. it looks nice, i wish i had some of that kind in my winamp :-) Posted by: Internetmarketing at April 5, 2007 01:08 AM
Sounds and looks great! Posted by: Dean at April 13, 2007 04:24 AM
outstanding work, i think you are welcome in hollywood ;-) keep on the good stuff. Posted by: Suchmaschinenoptimierung at April 23, 2007 02:31 AM
Nice video:) Posted by: Leba at May 22, 2007 10:00 AM
Sounds and looks fantastic!!!! Posted by: Actimel Carlos at May 22, 2007 10:36 PM
have tried to download this but can't. Is there something special I need or need to do? I do have the latest divx codec Posted by: 集团电话 at May 26, 2007 02:54 AM
Amazing! Have you tried real time syncing? Posted by: burnoff at May 28, 2007 11:33 AM
Thanks I enjoyed the video very much. Posted by: Tunats at June 3, 2007 07:01 PM
Awesome. Just awesome. Posted by: Paulo da Libros at June 9, 2007 04:43 PM
did you use bearshare? im think its much better trhan bitorrent Posted by: myspace proxy at June 24, 2007 01:52 PM
your article is ... =) Posted by: Sysprofile at August 4, 2007 04:35 PM
hey Spot, wonderful work you have there. keep it up and we'll keep you up. Posted by: Marine Engineers Beneficial Association at August 8, 2007 08:04 AM
Beautiful colours! It looks like a dancing rainbow. Posted by: Sandra at September 24, 2007 06:42 AM
Yeah, really great Job. It looks fantastic. I enjoyed it very much. Posted by: Grafikkarte at October 23, 2007 01:44 PM
Good idea! Best regards.Thanks for all. Posted by: bilard at December 1, 2007 03:10 PM
Beautiful!! Alex's music too. Thanks a lot for sharing Spot, you've made the net a little nicer a place! I don't suppose you have an HD version of the video you'd like to share, I'd love to see it in its full glory... :) Posted by: proxy site at December 18, 2007 01:58 PM
Fantastic job. Even the screenshot at the right of your blog entry looks excellent it looks 3D even in a 2D screenshot. More than that, it looks like a flower of sorts that is morphing and changing. I especially like the color scheme you've used, and how you've managed to get the colors working together so nicely. Fantastic job! The soundtrack is awesome too. Well done! Posted by: baby at March 5, 2008 03:47 AM
Excellent work ! Posted by: Max at April 15, 2008 09:45 PM
Everyone is saying that you posted an awesome video. How come I dont see any video or link to it from my end here? Im using Mozilla Firefox. Please help. Posted by: Oil paintings at April 24, 2008 04:11 AM
The visuals really look good from here. I haven't been able to download the video it's a little large for me. Can't you put it on YouTube or something? It's a little difficult for me to download. But it certainly looks like you've done a stunning job those visuals are very inspiring. The music must be good, I'm keen to hear it. Posted by: tshirts at July 23, 2008 11:50 PM
I know nothing about bittorrent is there no way you can put a lesser quality version on youtube or something? thanks Posted by: irish gift ideas at August 12, 2008 09:56 AM Posted by: spot at August 12, 2008 10:05 AM
If you want to Download this I suggest you use utorrent instead of azerus because it is much faster and less bugs/viruses. Hopes this helps anyone who can't download this! Posted by: Planet Facts at September 20, 2008 01:47 PM
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