Monday, August 24, 2009

Better (?) music through creative editing

I'll say right up-front — I've had better music videos. Actually, most of my music videos have been better.

But these two make the Monday-morning "cut" for creativity. And they're fun.

The first is more obnoxious, the second more musical

Which makes this the obnoxious (but very clever) one:



...and this the more musical one:



See? Maybe you can't do it all... but can you do one note? Then a second? Then a third?

Then you get a really slick video editor, and....

21 comments:

NoLongerBlind said...

Ummmm, interesting...?

The first one, well, lets see, keeping Ephesians 4:29 in mind, uhh, enabled me to grow in long-suffering, and prompted me to rejoice that it was over! ;^P

The second one was definitely fun, as well as musically and creatively entertaining; his facial expressions were hilarious and worth the price of admission!

Scott said...

The word that came to mind for the first video: Meh?

The second video: Awesome! I had no idea that was a Mozart piece.

Dan, I believe you have two "this" in your last sentence.

DJP said...

Actually the fourth-to-last, but yes, thanks.

The Squirrel said...

I could not make it all the way through the first video. Creative, yes, but...

The second is just classic!

All in all, another good Monday am at bibchr!

~Squirrel

Associate-to-the-Pastor said...

The first one is better if you know the original song, which I like very much. Still obnoxious, but cool.
The second one was alright.

I'm sure I will be the only one who likes the first one more.

Gary said...

Re: The First

The original is far better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7mRw6LlBp4

Warning -- the space bikini and kissing may not be suitable for those with no sense of humor.

Andy Dollahite said...

I have a question about your opinion of listening to music that is overtly anti-Christian, like Muse's "Knights of Cydonia", yet well composed. Do you selectively listen, or avoid the artist/band altogether?

DJP said...

Me? I put up two instrumental performances. Nothing anti-Christian about them.

Andy Dollahite said...

Dan,

If someone following up your post decided to listen to Muse's music, would you consider this a good idea? (I realize your video is an instrumental, but it's directly connected to a song that describes God as falling asleep at the wheel of history.)

I've heard mixed opinions about how involved Christians should be in enjoying secular art (only Christian music to enjoy anything), and I'm curious where you draw the line?

DJP said...

I didn't realize there was any other song behind the first.

In short: up to the individual conscience. Paul had pagan philosophers committed to memory. It didn't cause him to stumble. If it causes you to stumble, cut it off.

Andy Dollahite said...

Thanks. I hadn't heard the Paul/philosopher angle before...greatly appreciated.

Gary said...

"In short: up to the individual conscience. Paul had pagan philosophers committed to memory. It didn't cause him to stumble."

Maybe THAT was the thorn in his flesh!!! Quick! Someone write a commentary...

Gary said...

For me personally, I can listen to songs that reflect a non (or even anti-) Christian worldview, but I cannot stomach songs that are blatant, emphatic, and repetitive blasphemy (Tool's "Eulogy" and "Opiate" come to mind).

Interestingly, I've found that songs from an anti-Christian worldview are occasionally strangely encouraging. They often ask questions to which we KNOW the answer (see for example, Tool's "Flood").

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I don't know the song behind the first... just couldn't get through the annoyance factor to listen to all of it.

LOVE the second one. Clicked through to "mysteryguitarman's" site and listened to "Flight of the Bumblebee."

Very cool.

Happy Monday :0)

Andy Dollahite said...

Gary,

I concur with you on Tool. I can't tolerate most of Aenima despite really liking the music, but feel fine listening to Lateralus.

Associate-to-the-Pastor said...

Sadly enough, I've never even listened to the lyrics of that Muse song. That's not typical of me either, since I generally over-analyze stuff. For once, I just genuinely listened to the music. Hmmm...
As far as music goes, I do think there is a difference between listening to outright filth and other stuff. Personally, I find it interesting to here the perspective of someone like Dave Matthews- he grew up as a missionary kid, and his songs reflect a lot of his 'theology'- not Christian, but they represent what he thinks and believes about the world and they do probe topics which Christ does provide the answers to.
But that doesn't mean I'll be popping Eminem on the radio and 'exploring his theology.'

P.D. Nelson said...

Dan as always appreciate the creative search you go through to find these little gems.

Regarding the first I too couldn't listen to it all the way through made me want to get a stick with a nail and...

Anyway on to the second truly a superior piece.

DJP said...

Consensus is that I put them up in the correct order and with the correct warnings.

(c;

Craig and Heather said...

We enjoyed #2. The guy's expressions entertained my kids.

I'm unfamiliar with Muse, so have no idea what are the implications of listening to either the remake or the original song. I only played about half of it anyway due to the annoyance factor.

Interesting discussion about that, though. I've frequently wondered whether the application of Titus 1:15 is appropriate in such instances as "instrumental versions of anti-Christian music" To the pure all things are pure. But to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

I suppose it wouldn't apply if one knows for sure what is really intended, though...And, as DJP pointed out: If the conscience starts burning, it is better to just leave it alone.

H

NoLongerBlind said...

@Gary - regarding the YouTube video you provided the address for, along with your so-called no-sense of humor "warning":

I found the video to be a typical MTV-type production, with gratuitous, inappropriate "soft-core" sexuality portrayed; I did not finish viewing it, and never saw the "space bikini" (?).

As a sinner - saved by His grace - who struggles against the lusts of my flesh, trying to overcome my "wandering eyes", this commenter found the video offensive, and wishes he hadn't seen as little as he did!

As for your warning, I definitely have a sense of humor; however, I also take the purity of my eyes and heart seriously, being committed to "watch(ing) over (my) heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life." (Proverbs 4:23)

Gary said...

NLB: While I appreciate your struggle, I am going to have to disagree with you completely. It was decidedly NOT an MTV production, else it would have been sexually explicit, vulgar, and not nearly as hilarious as it is. The whole thing is a tongue in cheek mockery of both Westerns and space-opera sci-fi. While I struggle with lust as much (if not more) than the next man, I did not find it arousing in the least. If I had, I never would have posted it.