English Subtitles for TEDxNaperville - Thomas Negovan - By Popular Demand

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the idea is it wanna keep seeing happen is you going to a restaurant and you ask

the waiter what's good and that's how you're the shrimp is very popular and if you say have been stationed in Siberia and I need really good hiking boots they tell you what's popular and even when I was getting a hotel to come out here I for sort option that they give you is popularity and so I

the criteria I've what's good and what's popular I was a little confused on cause a problem is I'm not sure how often I like people I but Justin I'm trying to your the program to make sure that I reach the most people possible I I called my record by popular demand and I put that on this that everyone understood it was something the US

absolutely had to have and to make sure that I reach the most people possible I released it on wax cylinder which is a very popular recording medium I'm sure you all have a wax cylinder player in your home I am and so with the I basically the way that I came to this and try to figure out

what's relevant this is the first time that I've talked about making this record spend a lot of the things the kind of shaped what my mindset was were so personal that they're not really comfortable to talk about but I if they are relevant to what my mind's wise and dumb when I was a kid I always loved reading I love words I read really early I had coke bottle glasses

time I was four years old I had my first panic attack by the time I was seven because I was listening to Elton John song and he was singing I long long time and Rocket Man and I was sitting there seven-years-old trying to figure out how long attorney really was and I gave myself my first full-blown panic attack and I six months later had my second one but I was from a

Christopher Cross song I and then I discovered when as a teenager poetry and poetry to me was stories behind the stories that wasn't what the facts what was what people were feeling and it gave a contact to history for me that was

so powerful that if people said what do you want to be it wasn't firemen restaurants poets me that was why wise the most noble pursuit and then I realized that that's not really gainful employment and I started to examine what a poet wise in previous centuries and what our contemporary

versions were were people like David Bowie and Mick Jagger they were like our Keats and Shelley and Byron and so than I did with every teenager who's trying to attract girls does it start a band and so that's how I came to music was always through the ideas have language in stories and poetry

and so I really enjoyed being a performer and when I was young my mother passed away and so the bravado that you need to get on stage in tell people what I have to say is more important than what you're thinking right at this moment was completely deflated and if someone asked me

anything definitive about what my foundation was what I believed it was completely gone and I'm sure you'll notice people love to talk about themselves and people love to talk about this and I just felt like I didn't have anything to say and everything that I was reading and everything that had a residence truth to it we were hallways 10 questions for every answer

and so that really affected the way that I felt about performing and I definitely wrote but it was always trying to problem solve things in my brain trying to read how I felt about something in the kinda get me through it but it wasn't something that I really felt okay telling someone something that work for me but I didn't know that it would work for anyone else

arm another thing that happen is it my mom was sick for ten years and when she got sick the first time I asked her what would you do if you could make your life whatever you want it to be and she said I hate my job its customer service people are terrible and I would love to just open a flower shop and once your ticket later that I saw her get healthy and

then after she got healthy and didn't do that she went back to a miserable job she got sick again we have the same conversation and the second time she said again would open a flower shop and I watched to get healthy again and the third time I just felt like I mean I guess metaphysically attack she had these two chances

so I feel like years there's a a voice that since I did wants us to be healthy that wants us to to find what we're supposed to do I'm and were trained battery in a just world trains to resist it and so what I've tried to do is just in my listening in my thinking just tried to let the river be wise in just do my best to use the orders to kind of

keep from hitting the walls arm and so because my mom was sick for so long I i'm terrible terrible sick person if I get like a fever 98 degrees the first thing I do is make my will because just in my head it's like I'm clearly dying something is going to happen right now

and every time that happened I 5 these notes that I've documented for myself and the stories that i've written down that I should I should document my should do something with them and it reached a point where I thought okay this is the time that I do need to record that you need to make this record and the technology was shocked

destroying me I couldn't figure it out there's infinite possibilities with digital and it was destroying white I thought the art was the immediacy it was completely gone and so I just started kinda backtracking what if I used in all tape machine what if I used a four track what if I get this and I started going back in history and going back to you

what the earliest recording methods were and if you those businessmen there waiting for this guy and Sir Thomas Edison came up with the idea at the ER World's Fair in Paris in 1889 is we present a date and you have the Eiffel Tower presented their the pavilion have machines

and inside the pavilion machines they had all these brand new inventions you have to remember we're so used to moving pictures were so use to I mean digital technology look at everything we're doing today know when there was no way to record sound before he was marketing this machine is all tired from making that in this island so this is one of the first prototype system 1887

and the sons from 1888 and I when the you would go to concerts and they would play sound back through these old machines such a revolutionary technology a home model and then they're thinking about how much money he's made from doing now but so when I decided I was like this to me resonates

feels very very spiritually right I needed to find I machine you can find machine was able to find some other recording parts but the problem is if you've ever tried by cassette tapes it's hard to find those you no one has made the blanks in you know 85 ninety years so I had to find

kinda a personal mad scientist like flash orders steer ass first used rendered how fat right now it is from Paul tree blacks thats face lacks sex yeah are a hacer washington's and the reason i ask taser card which is actually what it is

doesn't just contained that's all care overhaul II more whitefish people on personal use it for this is Sean Morey yeah SoCon when he was four years old used to draw lines on little rolls of toilet paper

and Dyer wanted to figure out what the technology was inserted constructed how to make to be on a the cylinders in the lost art and there's only a couple people on the planet that have come close in Sean's the one the cylinders use on the museum were ones that he recreated

where he was able to decipher the original formulas arm and so we're gonna show you how we did it I and then while he's did keeper she clean fuck you think they're ready I this whole thing became like a pilgrimage to me what we did I at this point we were so involved in the idea that I didn't want it to end to

a computer or else we recorded onto wax cylinder transferred it to tape and then took the songs and ran them directly from the tape two vinyl so it never entered a computer I and that's what the record looks like and then we felt OK gotta shoot the record cover and then I found this man who had an 1850s camera and so we drove four and a half hours

to wire shoot with this alternates country camera the entire thing became like a pilgrimage I felt like it was a a PBS special from wandering around but if you see there the init eating away silver and just although this was such a magical experience to release how tactile the art can be

and so that's the it's one of the photos so I shot these in Ohio and then that the shot that we have for the record cover and we feel that way we look so serious cuz you have to stand still for forty seconds that's why everyone looks like they've been panning for gold in my wife as cholera and mike Beebe has dysentery and

we brought our dog we got her sit still for all but the last few seconds and she turned her head and the on woman that's all the communion dress said you were very lucky both girls were like yeah she's gonna be hey so then there's more I photos this is right after rob the bank and this is i this Rep after a type the lady the train track

and then a and then thats reckon so yeah so what we're gonna show you how we made how we made the record it's really anti-climactic after the dog photo you think that's warm enough it when you talk about robber barons to one of the things with recording with this kind of equipment was

your standard recording techniques you learn is a singular microphone technique none of that works with this VI equalization to the options of what you can do are pretty much limited to move in your chair back and forth or singing louder are trying to play louder and I've so when we first started recording it was an interesting crisis as far as the things that you

had to learn I guess best way to put it I kinda on the fly working with a machine like this on so this is the song we're gonna play today benefits and with what I was saying earlier about the personal things it's called New Years prayer and other when I watch the movie walk the line they talked about where they

have the city where he was telling Johnny Cash if you've got two minutes left to live what would you say and I feel spiritual but not religious and I guess I kinda 5 in that moment when you're confronted with white is there you know whether what it is begin are being raised Catholic use kinda Mary is the imagery but

arm the ideas all the things that I've tried to do which is be present in be transparent in B is aware myself as I can be are you know what does that mean that moment sign up this is what is gonna go through my head if I get hit by a bus weaker today

you let me know when you're at a aka you have to with my turn that down a little hearings her then al Marri you don't know me but %uh plots you for a long long time at Big Jim Bowden pleaded and I have tried to walk along

strayed and soon be luvd in mercy I have shed my skin and lightened up man no food and their ahead and 3 you home I've been watching you for a lifetime 7 spinning like a ship without say

at Crouse two million mount have Q peace but my way shoes we will leave the emergency I have shed my skin and lightened up my no good and nail had than the to bring

you home down Mary if you can hear me a promise you that I was sleep with all the faith that I can must and upgrade its seeing a long do you feed a person around fairly thin the satellite will bring it to your room

and if you choose Rai by in the who dey simply agree down my the stand 3 Mary you another problem is if my voice was to louder

any of that normally that takes a lot to take we'll see how the sound and now we're gonna play it back and 21 other things about this whole experience the idea that you're because for me it was like an exercise and immediacy the idea that I couldn't

equalize anything I couldn't add anything I couldn't overdubbed I couldn't be anywhere except the right and the moment and we kinda tricked out with a heat lamp and stuff but in order to record it requires between shaving & Heating about 10 minutes a preparation two minutes recording time so you can elect more slide

then you might if you're in a digital studio where you can record over and over and over arm but GI the process he's switching out now to a playback had so that we can listen back to that to the cylinder and I think with all this it's not that I'm proposing

returned to the Stone Age it's not that I think that the ideas that we should like throw away our iPods I love digital technology I think that what this has done is shown me the value I love things for what they are and so instead of waiting around you know a line around the corner for something that we didn't know we needed yesterday like now

I see the value noise reduction see why they did the things that they did there's definitely a soul in a quality to this arm but we disregard technology as fast as we can make it and so I I'm gonna put this appear so that'll play through and we'll hear them with the slims like go

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Video Description

Thomas Negovan, gallery director of the Century Guild, shares how unearthing obsolete technologies teaches us about our future.

A self-proclaimed symphonic connoisseur and master of intrigue, he is also a writer, musician, and art historian who lives and works in Chicago. He was the frontman of the eclectic rock band Three Years Ghost, and regularly lectures on Art Nouveau and Weimar era Berlin cabaret. He is also the founder of Century Guild, an art gallery specializing in late 19th, early 20th century artwork with styles ranging from Art Noveau to Silent Cinema and Opera. His passion for archaic musical forms has lead him to do many fascinating experiments on antique musical and recording devices.

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