"Luke Wyatt lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. If you check the LINKS page you will find navigation to sites that are easier to keep current (like F__EBOOK and T__TTER) and so may be a more accurate picture of "what I am up to" , at least lately.
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VIDEO: I collect and reframe imagery that reminds me of 9th grade instincts to soundtrack my Saturday detention: the towers, moats. swords, sideways glances from dark-haired girls and fingerless glove pumps from misunderstood boys. Aware of the generationally solipsisic dead-end of nostalgia, I also stay open for stuff that startles me from a fresh direction but till reinforces my through-line of obsessions. So I make video to protect my world. Read about my audio armor below.
This used to be the case: The vagaries of old VHS tape helped Luke flesh out a longstanding obsession with elevating decay and the thrown-away. These explorations manifest live as performance using a stack of old VCRs, a video mixer, and push-ups. Edits appear as long form pieces or short form accompaniment to the work of a select group of musical artists.
TORN HAWK is what most people pay attention to. It started as a way to smear my expression and not have to sweat the details. I now am back to worrying about details so if you want to check that here is the music that also gets made under the names Luke Wyatt and Lossmaker.
.......about the VIDEO MULCH process:
"I select video to appropriate based on its mood resonance or compositional zing. My VCR gets beat up with a size 13 docksider until it makes errors and the VHS tape spits up on itself. While digitizing the video I induce the computer to make mistakes by not telling it the truth about the data it is ingesting. I isolate the mistakes I like best, outline them, and send them back to my VCR, resuming the docksider attack, repeating this process until things attain an anti-sheen, losing any crisp edge, as if they had always belonged together. I then arrange the images in an order that must appear equally inevitable.
I term the results of this technique Video Mulch ."