Just as we were about to close the TMT offices for the long weekend, Daniel Lopatin announced that a file labeled “Joyvtl Jvbuayf” was now available for download. We were confused, but quickly decided that we’d love to download a file labeled “Joyvtl Jvbuayf” from Daniel Lopatin.
However, that file is in RealAudio format, with the following text description:
Advanced Television Systems Committee A/52 digital audio coding algorithm for use in satellite or terrestrial audio broadcasting, delivery of audio over metallic or optical cables, or storage of audio on magnetic, optical, semiconductor, or other storage media as contained in a RealNetworks RealAudio (dnet) wrapper.
The next 45 minutes were spent desperately trying to open “Joyvtl Jvbuayf.ra” to no avail, searching troubleshooting forums from 2006 to find a workaround. Whatever audio codec needed to be installed was no longer supported by RealPlayer, and any archived early versions of RealPlayer were no longer supported by the OS. Holy shit: death by software update. Anyone who was playing the “Problem Areas” video at 1080p HD on multiple screens in their geodesic dome had unknowingly locked themselves out of the next OPN transmission.
Finally we found some shady site that could spit out an MP3 version (…at 64 kbps…) and got the audio, five minutes of song buried under a mess of quaking, blown-out radio static oscillations, which probably sounds even better streaming through some old Gateway 2000 speakers.
So what’s going on here? Is this a comment on the fleeting nature of technology? Complex corporate control over our futures/presents, and pasts? A fracturing of the timeline where we’re hearing a degraded memory of a not-yet-released album? Don’t be so quick to cry “overthinking” — “Still Life (excerpt)” was a collaboration with Nate Boyce, “Problem Areas” with Takeshi Murata, and now “Joyvtl Jvbuayf” with Cory Arcangel, all visual artists spilling over into conceptual multimedia. You take it from here, readers… [solve the title like we did].
Also check out these upcoming OPN tour dates:
09.12.13 - Troy, NY - EMPAC
09.17.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral
09.22.13 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum
09.26.13 - Leeds, UK - Howard Assembly Room
09.27.13 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo
09.28.13 - The Hague, Netherlands - Today’s Art Festival
10.01.13 - Glasgow, UK - Centre for Contemporary Arts
10.03.13 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
10.04.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
10.05.13 - Kortijk, Belgium - De Kreun
11.16.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Walker Art Center
11.23.13 - East Sussex, UK - ATP @ Pontins Holiday Centre
11.25.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo
11.28.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who?