r i v e r I s l a n d Q T
riverIslandmultimedia, custom software, rewritten for QuickTime, June 2007 - Version 1.0
c a p t i o n
riverIsland is a navigable text movie composed from transliteral morphs with a few interliteral graphic morphs. It is a spatialized aural poetic environment in which you may also investigate of procedures of textual transformation associated with translation, which are here proposed as transliteral.
r e q u i r e m e n t s
QuickTime 6.x or later must be installed on your system, along with a third-party QuickTime component: QSXE. This version of riverIsland has been tested on Mac OS X systems, Windows XP and Windows Vista machines, but it may be broken under Windows 7.
t o d o w n l o a d
You may download the QuickTime version of riverIsland and its associated files packed into a zip archive from: http://programmatology.shadoof.net/?downloads which will load into this frame after you click the link. (Please note: on Windows machines, it is better to right-click the buttons on the download page, giving you the option to save the zip file to your hard disk before unpacking.)
Once you have unpacked the archive, you should end up with a 'riverisland' folder on your hard disk containing this and all other necessary files.
If you have not already done so, you must now install the QSXE QuickTime component. You will find the necessary file or installer in one of the appropriately named folders within the riverisland folder.
- if you have a Mac OS X machine, copy the file QSXEssentials.component to either:
(the machine's library)
(your user's library)
- if you have a Windows XP machine, double-click and run the QSXE30.EXE installer.
r e a d i n g r i v e r I s l a n d
starting up and closing down
To start: open 'riverIsland.mov' within in the folder 'riverislandQT', then wait for the opening sequence to finish.
To close: Quit or Command-Q.
There are two ways to navigate. (NB: For those who know previous renditions of riverIsland, some navigational controls have changed in this version.)
Slow, step-wise navigation is done by moving the mouse until it is over one of the directional arrow-like icons in the arrangement to the lower right. Click and hold the mouse button down over an arrow to step and/or keep stepping from one nodal text towards another (by way of an on-the-fly transliteral morph). An icon appears between the directional icons when a nodal text is reached. (Once a node is reached you must 'reset' your momentum by momentarily moving the mouse off the directional arrow. It will be reactivated when you move the mouse back over an arrow.)
The second way to navigate is by dragging one or other of the two QuickTime movies set out along the bottom and to the left of the screen. I recently uploaded raw versions of the two movies to this site. You can open the panorama from the bottom register of riverIsland here. The object movie used for the lefthand controller must be launched in the QuickTime Player. Click the image below, and enjoy.