Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2014 Sign of The Times Music Video Art Oddity Motifs

This is a re-post of a previous blog post I did on another blog of mine. 

2014 Sign of The Times Music Video Art Oddity Motifs

In case you haven't noticed by now (those whom know me, or know of me) I love Techno & dance music! LOVE IT! I also love VIDEO & FILM.

This year, I've noticed a major trend in the styles of music video art being produced. I'm more than sure you are familiar with the strange meme style copy-cats of videos like "Harlem Shake", and dance music videos by Psy like "Gangnam Style" & "Gentleman"  in which the viewer is drawn into a video eddited world of strange visuals, and strange yet catchy beats...

Well, this year, music video directors take their music video art/craft through this very strange direction, with often times gritty visuals, to the very pretty yet raw scenes, incorporating slow motion (high speed cameras) photography with creative video editing or sped-up video, in which it's like you're inside of a very strange dream, when suddenly any number of strange things happen, that range from the very weird, to the awkward, uncomfortable, and inappropriate -making you experience an emotional shock of: OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED??? DID I JUST SEE THAT???? And, then it gets stranger & stranger from there! And it hits you with some more!

You will notice unusual usage of body parts, body part close-up scenes, creative unusual angled shots, body parts, gestures, or postures uncommon to the norm enhancing the "shock" experience of the viewer, as well as a very House & Hip-Hop flavor to the music, including dubbing, looping, sampling, and creatively edited to synch with the music. It's quite reminiscent of Stephen Chow HK films, but on steroid, and then on acid to boot.

Don't believe me????

Well, here they come! And, they get stranger, and weirder as they go down the page!

But... a word of CAUTION: These may be SO NSFW!

Dubstep & Glitch-hop Fusion

Here are some mixes I have done since I started my 8Tracks profile. Dubstep has become way more popular than I ever thought it would. I remember when i used to HATE 2-step garage music in the 90s, because it bored me... But, but the mid-late 2000s many musical artists on the West Coast (USA) began playing with the 2-step beat, and adding sampling, dubbing, loops, mixing trance & Eurodance synth, glitching it, and adding what is most signature of the contemporary styles which is the wobble bass distortions, as well as mixing in analogue musical instruments or the electric equivalents.

The 2-step has gone from something I would/could never dance to, then to what we now call "dubtsep" which I find to be quite dancey. It's marvelous for popping & locking, tribal fusion, isolation moves, and is VERY popular with hoop dancers. I hear it in pop music now, and have even seen competitive ice skaters preform to it.

Whimsical & Enchanted

When I first started this blog, I quickly realized that all of the rules had changed, and the opportunity to use ads was restricted, and even tho' I have several blogs,and have posted for years, I wasn't qualified to have ads yet...

Well, I signed in today, and now they are allowing me...

So, here it comes.

Here are just a few mixes I made this year with a whimsical feel.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chinese National Music

I lived in The Peoples' Republic of China several times, for long periods of time. A type of music you will frequently see on TV funded by the government is this style. It's generally always by females, that do a traditional style of nasal high pitched singing, and their are academies that teach JUST this. Other styles will be Chinese Opera styles, of which there are several.

They also incorporate folk music, styles of Chinese traditional ensemble music similar to a Western Symphony, or even grand orchestras with a Western Classical music. Contemporary versions also can have a fusion of pop influences such as electric guitars, electric violins, with traditional instruments, and more.

The video art almost always had pretty girls, or dancers, or effeminate men, sometimes children, ballet, or national scenery, architecture, or whatever. Nationalism can be a theme, or Ancient cultural themes, or folksy themes like holidays, hutongs, scholar's gardens, animals, and more.

Ironically, not everyone loves this kind of music. Many young people call it "tai putong" or too normal or unoriginal. But, when you find the videos posted online they start racking up views like crazy.

Here's some:

I've Been Contemplating This For A While

Well.... I've been contemplating this, and putting it off for a long while... but, it's in my blood, and I LOVE music... so, I guess I'll need to start somewhere....

I studied music since I was a young child, but I'm not as good as I could be...

Doesn't matter, because I still LOVE music.