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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jungle Drums in the Primordial Wasteland

I'd like to present to you all a piece of work that I've recently completed: a three-part video suite, comprised of re-edited dinosaur claymation videos, salvaged from my elementary school library and transferred from VHS tape.  Intensively sound-designed and re-scored to be saturated with Exotica, library, and cosmic synth music. 

I won't lie to you-- I do have lofty aspirations and intellectual arguments for this work.  I hope that it functions as more than a nostalgia-steeped supercut for the Exotica-niche (in many ways, it is better served as a real-life installation-video piece, where one may be more easily encouraged to experience the work in an immersive fashion, rather than the immediate-gratification environment of a youtube video).  While those aspirations are true and earnest and hopefully not too tiresome, I want to say that when making this kind of work, the most important guiding principle, for me, is to create provocative entertainments.  (In the vein of Jodorowski's midnight movies, or 2001:A Space Odyssey, among many, many others., which were for thinkers and stoners alike, or even for the thinking stoned, a not-rare but too-rarely mentioned or respected type.) 

Which is to say, I hope for the viewer to be able to participate in the fantasy, illusion, or distilled nostalgia whilst allowing for engagement in something like a personal examination or philosophical critique (pseudo-science/infotainment as a coded language of poetics or propaganda, the timeless past as an exoticized temporal fiction, the primeval as a twin to the post-apocalypse and manifestation of a human longing for annihilation or nonexistence, the constructed narrative of the dinosaurs as a sort of martyr-allegory in humanity's modern creation-myth, memory fragmenting and purifying fact into surreal new forms which are crumbling and unstable, etc., etc., blah blah blah)

So I hope you enjoy, and don't feel that you have to think too hard unless you want to.  If you're extremely generous, you'll pull them up on a big screen and settle into them like a movie.  Or just click and watch, and have my gratitude for your eyes.

With all that ado and nothing more, I'd like to present to you:

Millions of Years Ago: A Primeval Bolero in Three Parts
Concerning the Origins of Man and the Savage Early Days of the Earth
For the Edification and Pleasure of the Audience: In Order to Please the Eye and Excite the Imagination

(click the images to link to videos)


Anonymous said...

Love this, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hey! Great stuff!! And thank you for spending so much time to restore all them all them previous goodies. Long live Piero! Thanks and keep on doin' whatcha doin' the way that ya do it!

Anonymous said...

It's a terrible time. Such a fine work that indeed has multiple layers of enjoyment. As a fellow thinking stoned, I love what you do friend. Who knew that the T-Rex actually howls like a wolf with a saxophone. Thanks for bringin' back the sawrs!


Zen said...

Fantastic work, thanks for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

Finally took the time and watched the whole thing at once and it was a real trip. Trippy and sort of silly but surprisingly emotional too. Hard to "understand" but I don't think understanding is the whole point. I loved it, it made me feel like a kid.

do we ever get to see more collages like you have on the banner?

Siphonophoros said...

Bowie's saxophone accompanying the plight of the triceratops is particularly moving. It simultaneously induces feelings of both empathy and alienation. Also, the NFB film is in iteself actually quite good (in an 'outsider' kind of way.)

Nice one Mr Strap.

Flash Strap said...

Thanks for the kind words, friends. Thanks for your time, too.

Mo- you are the happy caveman!

Siphonophoros- I agree about the NFB original, it's really a rather interesting, quality piece of work (both in terms of animation and storytelling/education) and I quite like it. I'm particularly fond of that synchronicity with Neukolln as well-- it was actually not particularly intentional, and when I first tried that track over the scene it blew me away. Anyway, thanks for the comment, and thanks for looking.

Michael Breakfast said...

What is this? A bunch of miracles?