i Promise 2 Be You is a new Internet-based experimental electonic music video show that is available online and also as a video podcast.
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The show is a creation of Geoff Farr. According to Farr, he frequently spent long nights in European hotel rooms in the 90’s, watching the only television programs that required no translation: short experimental videos backed with electronic music scores. Farr says German television was an especially rich medium for an American insomniac interested in creative new videos.
“I watched endless hours of shows like ‘Flomotion’ and ‘Man vs Machine,’ Farr says. “There was another program called ‘Space Night’ that ran photos from NASA archives, accompanied by some really interesting electronic music artists. The shows were really compelling … I couldn’t rip my eyes away from the screen.”
Farr surmised that others would find the offerings equally entertaining, and attempted to secure United States licensing rights for the programming. After it became apparent that such rights would be prohibitively expensive, he decided to create his own compilations of original experimental videos, and called the shows i Promise 2 Be You.
Farr enlisted the aid of musician and film editor Bill Black, with whom he had collaborated on an earlier video production that had been selected as a finalist in the 2002 Sundance Online Film Festival. Farr began to envision and assemble what would eventually become 10 half-hour programs.
Asked about the unusual name for the site and the program, Farr explained that he had discovered techno duo The Luxury Tax while visiting California’s Fateless Flows Collaborative Web site. “One of their songs had this odd Wizard-of-Oz-like voice chanting what sounded like ‘I promise to be you, ‘ and I wanted a title that demanded further investigation,” Farr says. “i Promise 2 Be You did just that. We ended up using the track as the main program theme.”
Farr harvested work from videos artists across the planet for the i Promise 2 Be You’s inaugural ten-show season. Standout segments came from artists Scott Pagano, Davy Force, Sue-c, Optical Light Pipe and Motomichi Nakamura and Ben Sheppee.