YouTube Compression Can Be Creepy

Feast your eyes on this digital abomination: the result of a single video uploaded, downloaded, then re-uploaded to YouTube 1,000 times.

YouTuber canzona performed this “experiment” back in 2010. At a certain point, the videos begin to seem like strange alien transmissions from a galaxy far, far away.

Image: YouTube/canzona
Image: YouTube/canzona

“An homage to the great Alvin Lucier, this piece explores the ‘photocopy effect’, where upon repeated copies the object begins to accumulate the idiosyncrasies of the medium doing the copying.”

That’s a bit creepy.


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.