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Steamboat Willie overdubbed with the Koyaanisqatsi theme. [SLYT]
January 13, 2013 8:06 PM   Subscribe

The Disney classic paired with Phillip Glass' classic theme. Oddly unsettling on a number of levels.
posted by baconaut (36 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
Great pairing. I don't know if it was the music that brought it forward, but Mickey was really pretty much a dick back then.
posted by facetious at 8:11 PM on January 13, 2013 [10 favorites]


Mouse out of balance.
posted by Flashman at 8:18 PM on January 13, 2013 [18 favorites]


This is a game I'd like to play.
posted by Nomyte at 8:19 PM on January 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


Mickey was really pretty much a dick back then.

To be fair to Mickey, parrots, cows, cats, goats and ostriches are probably the five most evil animals not including geese.

On the other hand, the treatment of the pig will haunt my dreams.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:21 PM on January 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Nah, not just the music, at least in my opinion. Watching old-days Mickey is always shocking because he was such a jerk all the time. I mean, Minnie was barely in Steamboat Willie, but in general he used to treat her with total disrespect. It's almost like he didn't know he would eventually be the squeaky-clean mascot of an entertainment conglomerate known the world over.
posted by town of cats at 8:32 PM on January 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


I dunno, I had a hard time connecting the two in any visceral way. I understand it as an intellectual exercise, but watching it, all I could think about was how the video is lacking whatever its accompanying audio is, and how the Koyaanisqatsi theme is missing its Koyaanisqatsi.

It did inspire me to go watch Koyaanisqatsi again, though, so thanks for that!
posted by Brak at 8:48 PM on January 13, 2013 [10 favorites]


Mickey in Steamboat Willie is a goddamned saint compared to Mickey in Plane Crazy.

(After Minnie rebuffs Mickey's amorous advances, he turns his airplane upside down and drops out of her seat and into gravity's clutches. Only her polka dot bloomers save her.)
posted by notyou at 8:49 PM on January 13, 2013


Somebody should turn the tables and use "It's a Small World" on repeat with Koyaanisqatsi.
posted by davebush at 8:50 PM on January 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


Mickey considers ending it all.
posted by Nomyte at 8:50 PM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Seconding Brak, the strange sad music isn't suited to the sociopathic mouse.

I'm not really familiar with Phillip Glass, but this has motivated me to become more so. Here's the three film trilogy: Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 9:25 PM on January 13, 2013 [13 favorites]


Mickey was really pretty much a dick back then.


Nope, Mickey was pretty much always a dick.

In fact, since he was re-imagined to have very little discernible character whatsoever, I still think he's secretly a dick. Just a dick who has learned to control his dickishness when people are watching.

"Oh, Mickey, what's he like, well... he's..uh... famous I guess?"

Mark my words, still a dick. Don't turn your back to the Mouse, friend.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:42 PM on January 13, 2013 [8 favorites]


I don't get it. The action is nowhere near in sync with the music.
posted by Ardiril at 9:43 PM on January 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wow, nomyte, yours works way better than the Koyaanisteamboat.
posted by moonmilk at 10:07 PM on January 13, 2013


Surreal.
posted by suprenant at 10:17 PM on January 13, 2013


Ardiril: I don't get it. The action is nowhere near in sync with the music.

Yeah, I kept waiting for the payoff, too. Watched the whole thing.

There is none.
posted by Malor at 10:24 PM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]



Yeah, I kept waiting for the payoff, too. Watched the whole thing.

There is none.


Kinda like Koyaanisqatsi.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:53 PM on January 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


I enjoyed it. The whole is darker than the sum of its parts.
posted by Xoebe at 10:54 PM on January 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


This reminds me so very much of the time(s) when - under the influence of some type of herbal product or another - we would watch Fantasia with the sound turned down on the TV, with Pink Floyd's Animals playing simultaneously.

Dude! They're totally in sync .... whoa .... how do they do that? Duuuude.
posted by scblackman at 10:57 PM on January 13, 2013


My favourite music-film sync is to cue the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack to begin at the same time as you hit play on a DVD of Triumph of the Will.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 11:40 PM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


If nothing else (and there is so much more else!), this post taught me about http://imgflip.com/gifgenerator so I could make this animated gif.
posted by Guy Smiley at 2:11 AM on January 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


nthing not getting it.

Koyaanisqatsi is promising remix material:
- mashed up w/ Beach Boys, over depressing ocean island documentary
- substitute soundtrack to I'm Still Here (J Phoenix documentary)
- food out of balance: KFC Famous Bowl mashup

...
posted by progosk at 2:45 AM on January 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


sometimes remixing soundtracks works, like adding the Inception theme to Charlie Chaplins Great Dictator speach, but for me too this just does not fit together.
posted by ts;dr at 3:04 AM on January 14, 2013


Mickey Mouse is Mickey Moused. Seems any aspiring mashup might want to take advantage of that...
posted by jim in austin at 3:23 AM on January 14, 2013


"...."It's a Small World" on repeat...."

I would hunt you down....
posted by HuronBob at 3:53 AM on January 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mickey was really pretty much a dick back then.

Mickey in Steamboat Willie is a goddamned saint compared to Mickey in Plane Crazy.

Nope, Mickey was pretty much always a dick.

Imma let you finish, but Alice's Mysterious Mystery is one of the messed-up-est Disney cartoons of all time.
posted by reprise the theme song and roll the credits at 3:55 AM on January 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


Mark my words, still a dick. Don't turn your back to the Mouse, friend.

These days, Mickey's dickishness is all about marketing and purity rings.
posted by Doktor Zed at 4:58 AM on January 14, 2013


I'm now looking forward to the Koyaanisqatsi ride at Disneyworld.
posted by The River Ivel at 5:59 AM on January 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


Watching this remix early in the morning, before dawn, it seemed immensely bleak and sad.
posted by doctornemo at 6:55 AM on January 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


I mickeymoused my dog to John Adams' Grand Pianola Music a while back. Does that count?

(I was inspired by the apparent fact that the chorus sings "go go go dog dog go go go".)
posted by moonmilk at 7:19 AM on January 14, 2013


This worked for me, but only because I've seen Koyaanisqatsi and understand the gag. It doesn't work here because the mashup artist took the very beginning of the music, before the theme has developed, and mixed it way too quiet. The music needs to be more forward, more propulsive, more like this section (although that's too happy). Also it's strange to juxtapose the frenetic back-and-forth animation of early cartoons with the plodding forward movement of the Glass score, although maybe that's the point?

Koyaanisqatsi is a truly great work of art, a snapshot of the horror of modern life. It doesn't quite have a place for viewing in the 2013 world. It's not really a feature film to sit through and enjoy, it's not going to show up on cable TV, it's too long for the Internet attention span. If you're patient and can make the space, sitting through it in a theater or a good Blu-Ray presentation is quite rewarding.
posted by Nelson at 8:06 AM on January 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


So is the Koyaanisqatsi theme the new "Yakety Sax"? Are we going to see that horrific British anti-texting-while-driving commercial overdubbed with it?
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:36 AM on January 14, 2013


Didn't Phillip Glass use to wrestle under the name El Diablo?
posted by dios at 12:40 PM on January 14, 2013


It doesn't quite have a place for viewing in the 2013 world.

Nelson: Seeing Koyaanisqatsi with a live performance of the score conducted by Glass is my favorite way to see it (which I've done exactly once).
posted by Mad_Carew at 3:05 PM on January 14, 2013


I had to turn the volume up so I agree with the sound problem. But yes, if you haven't seen Koyaanisqatsi, there are levels on which it wouldn't work as well.

The "mouse out of balance" comment summed it up for me.
posted by immlass at 3:49 PM on January 14, 2013


Ron Fricke the cinematographer on Koyaaniqatsi has Baraka and Samsara to add to your list of film meditations. I watched Samsara on 4k digital projector with a 75' screen pretty amazing.

Previously on the Blue.
posted by pdxpogo at 5:45 PM on January 14, 2013


This worked for me.

Koyaanisqatsi is kindof about humans' effect on nature and the strange world we have created. The music paired with that cartoon really bought the animal abuse into focus (its in pretty much every scene), and also reflects on how that cartoon spawned a massive conglomerate that now has developing world children working in sweatshop conditions to make toys for first world children.
posted by memebake at 12:51 AM on January 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


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