Name of Interview: Tracer of ACiD
Date Interviewed: March 8, 2004
DV Tapes Filled: 1 Hour
Location: New York City, NY

sankacd2.ans.png (16K) ANSI Graphic by Tracer/ACiD: "The Sanctuary" (July 17, 1992)
tracer-sda.wmv (800K) "SDA Sucks" - ANSI Animation by Tracer (Windows Media 8 Format) (0:39) (June 24, 1992)
acid-bodycount.wmv (542K) "Body Count BBS Ad" - ANSI Animation by Tracer (Windows Media 8 Format) (0:26) (Early 1990s)
acid-deadwrong.wmv (1.8M) "Dead Wrong" - ANSI Animation by Tracer (Windows Media 8 Format) (1:18) (1992)
tracer-immortal.wmv (776K) "Immortal Grounds" - ANSI Animation by Tracer (Windows Media 8 Format) (0:33) (April 3-7, 1992) (96K) Collection of Tracer's ANSImations for ACiD, Early 1990s (Original Format)

Tracer was my last officially scheduled interview for this documentary (but not the last one in actuality, since a few more cropped up afterwards). He was a member of the art group ACiD and came with RaD Man's prompting. While a member of the group, he was a part of the inner circle of ACiD during the early years, doing mostly ANSImations until finally retiring from the group in the mid 1990s. ANSImations are basically ANSI code-based artwork where cursor control is included, and across the slow speed of a modem, rudimentary animation comes to light, with wipes, movement, and other dramatic effects. As almost nobody communicates across modems at 2400 or 9600 baud anymore, these artworks are in danger of being lost, which makes their story that much more interesting; their time to live is less than a few years before the sands start overtaking them. Luckily, a program called ACiDView will take ANSImations and render them out to a form that I can put into the documentary.

Tracer's office was located in New York City; I made this a dual trip of seeing my parents and doing this interview, and the parking garage I stayed at for 3 hours was so professional and clean that I didn't even let it bother me that those 3 hours cost me about $25. New York, New York, it's a hell of a town.

We talked in Tracer's office, where he has continued in the computer field as consultant and management, getting involved in a lot of Internet-related work. Our interview reminded me about how far I'd come in learning this skill of making a film; the process of scoping an angle, setting up the sound and lights, taking readings and preparing Tracer for an interview were almost seamlessly wound into a conversation we had. The break-down was equally smooth.

Understandably, a lot of the real intense details of his time with ACiD have gone the way of most childhood memories, but Tracer was about to remember a number of really funny anecdotes and talk about the art skills he picked up while member. He also gave huge compliments to JED of ACiD and others who he admired. The interview was about an hour's worth, and by the end we'd covered quite a great deal with little downtime or pauses. Like I said, by this point it was second nature to me, which removed basically all the stress. (Well, that and the fact that I had almost 250 hours of footage already recorded).

One last neat thing; if you look at the last photo, you can see Tracer's computer is missing its cover and is attached to a brick wall; an artistic statement reminiscent of his earlier years; a nice echo of childhood.