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♐DELOCK

♐DELOCK is a video posted to the original UFSC YouTube channel on December 29, 2015. It was the first video posted after a lengthy hiatus. (The previous postings were the OR videos on August 8th.) This video in particular has garnered a larger amount of attention as it was among the first non-series videos discovered on the original account.

The ♐DELOCK visual is generally considered to be an iconic image in the UFSC canon.

DELOCK_keyframes.gif

A sped up GIF of ♐DELOCK

Description of video

The video is 2:52 in duration. The video shows a white grid-like shape on a black background. Colored pixels shift around the grid.

Audio

The video’s audio track contains a dual mono audio track with “calliope”/ragtime-type music, which had originally been compared to the sounds in the cartoon Steamboat Willie. The Unknown Voice spells out “IANNOP6” near the beginning (similar to the spelling of “FREEBIRD3” in MAX_TEND).

Analysis + Re-creation of music

This is the analysis of Discord user alexbassguy: “After a careful review, it’s not Steamboat Willie. BUT - I can say with some confidence that the audio is definitely like Steamboat Willie. I.e., early cartoon music with sound effects. It could be from one of hundreds of old cartoons. But I think it’s audio from an old Tom and Jerry or something, with sound effects over orchestral music in the background, very much like Steamboat Willie.”

To test this concept, he created a re-creation: “I… used a snippet of Steamboat Willie to recreate what I hear in DELOCK, here’s what I came up with. It’s close, and the techniques I employed here could (with some variation) create DELOCK.” Media:DELOCK - RECONSTRUCTED.mp3

“Homesick”

On June 19, 2020, Discord user Freezepond observed that the music in ♐DELOCK appears to be a manipulated version of “Homesick”, recorded by Bailey’s Lucky Seven. (Gennett 4979, the b-side to “Carolina In The Morning”.) This would seemingly be confirmed by (and explains) the hitherto-obscure comment “HOMESICKDELOCK” in the final G+ post.

Possible significance of the audio

Both “Homesick” and “Away Down East In Maine” (the song used as the sound-source for ♐RETIO) were on 78 RPM singles recorded in 1922. Discord user Unfavorablist observed that that year is “significant in terms of copyright. After the Disney/Steamboat Willie copyright extension, nothing after 1922 entered the public domain in the U.S. until recently.” (Further discussion in this article.)

Relationship to original unnamed series

Some of the numbered videos from the Original unnamed series appear to be snippets of ♐DELOCK. (reference)

♐DELOCK audio
comparison

This screenshot by discord user Unfavorablist shows the audio from ♐DELOCK open at the bottom with several fragments from the Original unnamed series aligned in corresponding positions.

Significance and meaning

Deadlock

Reddit user AvarisX31 has suggested that there might be a conceptional relationship with the computation concept of “deadlock”, described as “a state in which each member of a group is waiting for some other member to take action, such as sending a message or more commonly releasing a lock.”

There is a visual affinity with the UFSC ♐DELOCK image and an illustration of the concept in the wiki article:

By Marble machine - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47970297

Contemporaneous Reddit Threads