Documentary

Remote

Viewing

Memories

Remote Viewing Memories is a found-footage documentary that tells the story of Ed Dames, one of the world's leading experts on remote viewing (a psychic method of transcending space and time).

Through archival interviews, infomercials and other media we follow Ed as he leaves the military in the late 80's and attempts to find success marketing his remote viewing techniques to the private sector.

Remote Viewing Memories is also an LP of music written for and inspired by the film.

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2018 / 23mins / HD

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About The Film

something called "Psi-Tech: The Impossible Challenge."  I knew by its titles alone that this tape was going to be special, and I started doing research into what PSi-Tech actually did.

The website listed on the tape was still active and it appeared that the tape itself was on YouTube.  Watching it, I was initially disappointed at how brief it  Mostly it was excerpts from a TV documentary about psychics and a few statements from Joni Dourif and Dane Spotts.  The fact that PSi-Tech was a psychic training organization was interesting, but the tape itself was fairly lackluster (at this point I was still mostly interested in using it as B-Roll in No Needle).  So the tape sat on top of my VHS pile, unwatched.

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 first became aware of Psi-Tech (and remote viewing in general) while in production on my previous film No Needle, Just A Haystack.  A key part of making that film required me to purchase many, many infomercials and self-help VHS tapes and I ended up obtaining 

After doing a lot of research I realized there was an amazing backstory of love, loss and betrayal that was even more interesting than the powers Ed claimed he had.  And with so much archival footage readily available, I quickly realized I had more than enough material to tell the story.

I tried, unsuccessfully, to get in contact with the the subjects of the film early in process to see if anyone would be interested in being interviewed, but now realized I didn't need any new footage to complete the film.

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Several months later I was digitizing a bunch of material and decided I should digitize the Psi-Tech tape too, incase I had missed something.  Immediately I noticed that there was a lot more material on this tape than what I had seen online - and that Dane Spotts hadn't always been the owner / main guru of PSi-Tech.  This tape featured hours of interviews with Ed Dames that had been removed from the version online.

What struck me most was how unedited these interviews were - Dames' rambles on endlessly.  It felt like I had stumbled upon raw footage, not a finished product.

As I sat at my desk using the internet for research, I eventually came to appreciate how similar what I was doing was to Dames' remote viewing technique.  Both involve sitting and thinking, with the objective of gaining information.  And in this context I think Dames unwittingly understood what made the internet so important in the years following him forming PSi-Tech - people like having easy access to information.

One odd I thing I came across while researching the film was that the director of a lot of Psi-Tech’s training videos was William Gazecki - who just a few years prior to working with Ed had been nominated for the Oscar for best feature documentary for Waco: The Rules Of Engagement.

 

I have no idea if this was a passion project for Gazecki or if it was a work for hire gig (according to court transcripts, Gazecki had trouble getting paid for the production so I'm guessing it's the latter), but it the fact that he was working for Dames just a few years after being nominated seems like a testament to how little weight an Oscar for a documentary feature carried back then.

About The Music

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he score was composed while I edited the film, which allowed me to bounce back and forth between editing and composing and thus the film shaped and music and the music shaped the film.  The album versions of the tracks were then  expanded and

re-imagined.  In most cases, they remain similar to the versions in the film, just longer and with more instrumentation.  The main inspiration for the music was the kind of new age, synthy stuff present in PSi-Tech's (and similar company's) infomercials.

The first single from the album I Need More was released in late 2017, and is made up of a completely improvised chord progression which was then assigned to multiple midi arpeggio instruments.  The same progression was used to make the albums final track Mind Is The Final Frontier.

Throughout the album I used samples of spoken descriptions from an old sound effects library, which I also used on my last LP, Thoroughbred (released under the name ANTN HRKWK in 2010).  I used these samples because I found they were similar in nature to what goes on in a remote viewing session.

Pattern Of Information, the second single, was released on March 27th, 2018.

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