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Eat These Tunes, Videomonster!

What is easily the measure of a musical artist's success? Duh! Video! No successful bands ever got away without having the best videos with them lipsynching the best on TRL. It just didn't ever happen. Napoleon wouldn't have been such a successful general without his hot music videos, and I'm not about to fail where he succeeded!

The first ideas of music videos I was ever involved in were during the time period of The Adventures of Joe. My sister and I were absolutely camera-crazy. We recorded a music video to The Small Faces' "The Nice," where I wore a hippie hat with black hair protruding from it (at this time, I had little head hair to claim for myself), and I looked just like Ozzy Osbourne. Unfortunately for you, that video doesn't exist to my knowledge. After that, most of The Adventures of Joe could possibly be considered music videos, but I know we had some honest-to-the-balls music videos at some point....

It wasn't until I was working on Turkey's Revenge that a music video to MY music ever seemed in-the-question. My sister and I were babysitting two young'ns, Chloe and Elliot Stuart, and as a method of calming them down, I created a remix of some of their speech called "Go for a Walk."

Go For A Walk


 

Chloe and Elliot were so excited, they wanted to make a music video. Or maybe I did. Or maybe my sister did. Either way, we got to doing so. Since I had recently edited The Adventures of Joe in its snazzy, failed Video CD format, I knew a little about computer editing, and we kept that in mind while filming. We attached Christmas lights to the socket in our house which could be turned on and off with the light switch and filmed them wrapped them around Elliot as he moved around. We filmed myopic flashing green skeleton lights. We filmed Chloe dancing. We filmed my hand in a glove going over a blanket. We filmed bobbing heads...

In the end there were around 30 seconds of usable footage. Taking that in with our primitive capture card, I was able to edit the first half first, then the second half afterwards and I joined them together (it suffered the same problems described in the TAoJ section). The video was an instant hit! Straight to #1!!!


Years later, a film project was advertised in the local paper which sparked the collective interest of Joe, Chad, and myself. The premise was that entries have to have toasters in them. That was all.

Sometimes, Joe will randomly start dancing to music he hears in public places. He did that one day while we were in the mall talking about toaster ideas, and I shouted, "You could always just dance like that near a toaster!" We kept talking about funny special effects, such as multiple copies of himself... it got outrageous. Either way, he did say he was going to do it, but what was he going to dance to?

Joe's "Bag Dance"


 

Music I made for him, of course! Every idea past my initial dancing+toaster concept was his, though he still insists the whole thing was his idea (NOPE!). Joe also made another toaster video, but neither of them got turned in to the contest. After the success of the Wrotenmusic+Worthenvideo combination, there have been quite a few other collaborations...

When Joe was still trying to decide what college to go to, he was getting together some videos to submit to his various choices. He wanted to make a brand new one, too, mixing strange video and manually-scanned animation. The resulting video was the ever-strange "Guest"...

Joe's "Guest"


 

He wanted some piano and breakbeat music. I believe that's what I gave him! It's a bizarre video, definitely.

Months later, he had to make a montage video for his film class. Most people had to construct their video around the music they picked, but Joe knew he could use my skills to do his in reverse. He came over and mapped out what happened at different time markers, and I crafted the music in a two-hour session with him. The result is "The Shift"...

Joe's "The Shift"


 

I am disappointed that he wanted techno so adamantly in the middle section, but... it's his video.

Stemming as another idea in the Wm+Wv line of success, I had the idea to write an electronic piece of music and give it to both Joe and his Film and Video class to see how he interpreted it in contrast with them. Unfortunately, things got all wishy-washy and the video became a collaboration of everyone together (including Joe).

Halcyon Onslaught


 

At first, it seems like it could possibly be cool... until you realize that it's a breakup video. Does my music sound like anything relating to breakups? NO! It sounds like subtle violence involving breaking televisions and golfclubs, which was Joe's idea.

Once in college, I hooked up with the famous Matt Aughtry to work on soundtracks for him. The first he wanted me to do was a violin/piano piece for a pseudo-French New Wave film, "Les Brisures."

Les Brisures [The Shards]


 

I had two days to write the music since the film was being entered in a competition. It seems like I may just have said, "Naw, not enough time," but I really enjoyed the deadline. I wrote the whole soundtrack in eight hours. It's quite lovely. The version in the video is merely computer playback, though. Shucks.

I've continued to work with Matt since, producing many soundtracks for his films. Another of particular interest is the ~9 minute "Time After Time." Matt wanted to pay homage to the late Charlie Chaplin, so he donned the outfit and character and made his own silent film...

Time After Time


 

I spent a week making the piano soundtrack (again, sadly performed only by the computer for the video). It shifts from being very tonal in the beginning (the past) to atonal and crazy in the middle (the present) and back. I really dig it, though silent films aren't generally my cup of tea.