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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:

http://spotworks.com/bt/165-star-oasis.torrent
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

Comments
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. http://bittornado.com/ 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 http://electricsheep.org/sheepumentary-divx.avi http://mplayerosx.sourceforge.net/ 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 http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ 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: >> http://bittorrent.com >>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. thanx...........it 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 @ www.hbr1.com -> dream factory or every 1st tuesday of a month @ www.di.fm 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 guys...is the video still available? if i click on it or download to desktop i just get a 8kb file which doesn't do anything....im 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 . . . http://bulk.whitsoftdev.com.nyud.net:8080/165-star-oasis.avi . . . 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 nyud.net:8080 . . . http://bulk.whitsoftdev.com/165-star-oasis.avi 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 Del.icio.us ... =) 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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuh0SGHjtjY 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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