These videos were an exclusive to the Norcal Noisefest XX Pirate Box, which was available only during the three days of the festival.
The festival’s Pirate Box generated a localized wifi signal which attendees can connect, chat, upload and download items.
The intent was for performers to add free tracks, art, or other goodies to it available for download. I wanted in on the fun.
To go along with the “pirate” theme, I removed the intra coding in both the promo and the performer profile (also known as “datamoshing”).
The smearing effect you see is similar to if you improperly ripped (or pirated) a movie. Looking back, I should have compressed the audio too, giving it that wonderful, underwater whirling effect you would hear in RealPlayer videos in the late 90s.