In trying to get ideas for remixes, I have been watching many videos on Youtube for the past couple of days. Most of what I came across tended to be quite technically advanced, probably due to many of my searches being biased towards those of Japanese origin and the Japanese videos that make it to Youtube come from very skilled and experienced mixers. However, a popular resource they use for mixes and parodies is the Can-can music, and there are countless mixes of various shows that sync speech clips and patterns with the music. They tend to be funny, but do not sound chaotic although it is just mashing together lines of speech. This was probably among the earliest types of mixes I saw before knowing what a mix was.
These kinds of remixes are too technical for me to attempt in this class, but at least they provided good entertainment. The important thing is that they provide some inspiration as I’m hitting a creative wall with the remix project. I think mixing videos with music as a coherent background element would make a good remix. Good luck to everyone for your remixes!
Life as an American College student brings certain life changes. A high school fondness for pop tarts evolves into pop tarts constituting lunch, a former knack for procrastination is now a full-blown shitstorm of last minute activity, and the occasional YouTube video binge becomes your regular source of entertainment (because you don’t have cable TV, sucker!).
Like a junkie and their first hit, I remember the first YouTube video I ever watched like it was yesterday. It was the summer of 2007 and young Melissa was just learning how to be apathetic. The video was called “The Love Corner,” and it was intended to be a rough piece of a TV pilot for a comedy sketch show that either never aired or is lost in the netherworlds of media. I frequently re-visit “The Love Corner” any time I start to forget my time-wasting roots.
Each time I pay homage to my YouTube gateway drug, I notice more and more how generally well done it is. This 5 minute video tells the story of two friends who stand on an urban roof on a beautiful day and watch as people on the street corner fall in love (or not fall in love). Conflict arises when one manages to meet someone and the other is jealous. The whole tone is dry, tongue-in-cheek about the notion of love at first sight, and uses simple but effective filming technique.
There are two main techniques I noticed and should be imitated. First, the concept and design are very minimalistic. Less is more, and this one scene sketch definitely embodies that tried and true expression. There are no elaborate effects or sounds or layers, and this keeps the viewer in the mindset that this really could (almost) happen. However, multiple camera angles that change every few seconds keep me interested in the action and makes the video more professional looking. The camera does not swing to follow the actors, something else that prevents an amateur look.
I also really appreciate the music. The same cheerful little tune is used in various places throughout, generally to show two people meeting and hopefully falling in love. I like the continuity that adds to the minimalist theme. However, although the music itself doesn’t really change, it always adds to the mood of the video. For example, when two people meet and the main characters think they’re about to fall in love, the music intensifies. But when something bad happens, the music stops suddenly, paralleling the crashing disappointment that comes with an unfortunate incident on a beautiful day.
This clip also uses a lot of implication. For example, at the end of the clip the character in the stripped hoodie is stabbed by a young lady on the Love Corner. However, we never see him get stabbed. One scene ends with them hugging and the next features him in a hospital room and his friend remarking “I can’t believe she stabbed you.”
I hope to employ all of the methods used in “The Love Corner” in my video. I would like to have multiple camera angles to keep the scene fresh, simple music to quietly enhance the tone, and cuts that are obvious enough to fill in the gaps of what I do not explicitly film. So while “The Love Corner” may have been a gateway into a horrible downward spiral of staying up late and getting nothing done, at least the cinematography set a good example for my future endeavors.
The idea of composing a “soundscape” intrigues me. More often than not, I find it hard to slow down and appreciate the environment around me, so I cannot wait to take a stab at this podcast. At first I had a hard time picking a location, but after looking up soundscape examples on Youtube I was able to narrow it down. I decided it needed to be a place that you can truly identify with just sound. (To see what I chose, check out the post on my webpage!)
Or if you still need inspiration check out the videos I found:
This first is called “Industrial Landscape.” In this clip, factory sounds have been recorded and edited to create an industrial percussion. Occasionally you hear the drawn out horn of a steam boat. It’s a very ominous but interesting composition.
The second video is called “Pencils.” This clip features amplified noises of writing utensils. It reminds me of that anxious moment when you’re in the middle of an exam but you can’t focus because the person next to you won’t stop tapping their pen/pencil/foot.
The sounds recorded in these videos paint such a vivid picture that you don’t even need to watch the video to know exactly what sound is being recorded.