Your stare was holding
September 2, 2016 11:44 AM   Subscribe


 
Warning: Flickers like crazy.
posted by bjrn at 11:47 AM on September 2, 2016


This is the greatest music video that Richard D. James has never made.
posted by cortex at 11:51 AM on September 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


The combination video is unwatchable, but the one the soldiers did is pretty funny. Not sure I wanna know how many times they had watched the original cheerleader video before making it...
posted by Wretch729 at 11:55 AM on September 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


if you set youtube to 2X speed the video is paradoxically more and less watchable
posted by I Foody at 11:58 AM on September 2, 2016 [4 favorites]


Couldn’t watch the mash-up, but the originals were just fine.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:06 PM on September 2, 2016


Whichever 14-year-old boy made this does NOT understand what a "mashup" is.

I want my 30 seconds back.
posted by intermod at 12:11 PM on September 2, 2016 [9 favorites]


Call Me Maybe is so 2013. E-MO-TION: Side B is where it's at.

From First Time to Roses this EP is basically pop perfection. I've been playing it non-stop in the car for the past week and my wife is singing along with it now.
posted by Talez at 12:15 PM on September 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


if you set youtube to 2X speed the video is paradoxically more and less watchable

do it. that's the speed it should have been mixed at. it's closer.

regardless. just fantastic. I'm going to be sharing this one.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:16 PM on September 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


But seriously, this is way more interesting as a (admittedly difficult-to-watch) synthesis of the material than I had expected based on the brief description. I really really like this.

It's easy to imagine a more traditional editorial mashup, seaming the two videos together against the original backing track for some nice juxtapositions and a funny, watchable result. And I'd have sat through it happily, because earworm and people being goofy.

But this! This is great. This is something else.

The glitchy fundamental aesthetic of rapid constant back-and-forth intercuts between the two videos, several cuts per second, is hostile in the way some noise music is hostile, and the tune gets fractured and weird as a result of the being doubled up in tiny slices and slowed down by half, but under it all there's still the pop tune and the pop choreography. It manages to be unsettling and unfriendly without removing the friendliness of the source material.

On top of which, the slow, constant contrast and comparison of the original cheerleader choreography (itself a derivative vamp on the original song material) and the look-alike soldier choreography is really interesting; you can see how much doting attention went into copying the overall choreography and the camera moves, but at the same time (and reasonably so) the specifics of blocking and framing in the shots vary enough that the two videos frequently diverge. And then converge, and diverge, and converge, and...

And the rapid flickering approach makes weird wonderful stuff of those convergences and divergences; my Aphex Twin joke isn't totally a joke, both in general for the artful unfriendless of the final product but also for the many really great, unsettling juxtapositions of cheerleader/soldier faces that hint at, at times, a kind of Windowlickerish disorientation.

The laid-over text throughout to boot is interesting in lending the whole thing a clearer sense of intentionality, too, but it's pretty much an afterthought for me compared to the basic visual impact of the interlacing.
posted by cortex at 12:24 PM on September 2, 2016 [16 favorites]




In a similar vein, we have the pay-what-you-want Call Me Maybe compilation on Bandcamp, which has 43 different and bizarre remixes on it. (Notably Dan Deacon’s “Call Me Maybe Acapella 147 Times Exponentially Layered”)
posted by Going To Maine at 12:32 PM on September 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


Carly Rae Jepsen is also very clearly the Robin Sparkles of our time

If anything she's the '10s version of Tiffany to Taylor Swift's Debbie Gibson.
posted by Talez at 12:44 PM on September 2, 2016


Call Me Maybe is so 2013. E-MO-TION: Side B is where it's at.

Last November, I was riding the train back from a Carly Rae Jepsen concert, talking to a woman who went with me about what a great value it was ($25!) especially because we'd also recently gone to a Taylor Swift concert which was phenomenal but wasn't really a value (not $25). A third member of our party commented that Carly Rae Jepsen was probably still on "one hit wonder" pricing, which angered the woman. She really really liked "Tonight I'm Getting Over You," and I think it might have done some things to her judgment on that point. It's great that a successful album and some good B sides and she's definitely making progress on her way to getting out of the one hit wonder track.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 1:07 PM on September 2, 2016


So this audio munging is intentional?
posted by sparklemotion at 1:08 PM on September 2, 2016


Oh wow, Going To Maine. That remix collection would be a new MetaFilter post from me right now if it hadn't come up here.
posted by cortex at 1:17 PM on September 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm a fan of this. I think the hostile is a good word for the musical effect (thanks cortex), and I think visually its a (hostile) assault on the male gaze. So good.
posted by lownote at 1:34 PM on September 2, 2016


The superimposed phrases, combined with the glitches, strongly evoke Metal Gear Solid 2's final stages, as the GW AI is breaking down.
posted by radicalawyer at 1:41 PM on September 2, 2016


Also, I'm now motion-sick, just like that time I tried playing Hotline: Miami.
posted by radicalawyer at 1:46 PM on September 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


I wish there was a warning on that video - I thought my browser had gone bonkers.
posted by winna at 2:08 PM on September 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


43 different and bizarre remixes on it

And in what is a stroke of either brilliance or idiocy, the track 19 is seemingly literally just "The Freshman" by the The Verve Pipe.
posted by cortex at 2:44 PM on September 2, 2016 [6 favorites]


if you set youtube to 2X speed the video is paradoxically more and less watchable

This is the way the video was meant to be played, or if it isn't, it should be. Though weirdly, it seems to expose a slight bias towards keeping the cheerleaders on screen for longer than the marines. Not sure why that is, given the general tone of the video.

Carly Rae Jepsen is also very clearly the Robin Sparkles of our time

Also, this destroyed my browser in a way the original post only hints at. Five auto-playing Vines with the same soundtrack quickly drive Firefox to madness.
posted by chrominance at 3:12 PM on September 2, 2016


I hated Call Me Maybe, but after hearing Run Away With Me I ran out and bought E MO TION. A few of the tracks on that made me think she could be Anna Domino's more media-savvy niece.
posted by pxe2000 at 3:30 PM on September 2, 2016


Does anyone else smell burnt toast?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 3:36 PM on September 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Brilliant. I love the addition of the messages- it makes everything seem so DEEP, man.
posted by Secretariat at 6:28 PM on September 2, 2016


Though weirdly, it seems to expose a slight bias towards keeping the cheerleaders on screen for longer than the marines.

The cheerleaders are also usually closer to the camera (which might be deliberate? Maybe we're meant to notice that? Because sometimes the marines and cheerleaders are the same size, and those moments are wonderfully disorienting - neat to see a hairy thigh flicker into a smooth one and register them as blended, and to then pop out of that bit and back into women-So-obviously-front-and-centered. I think more of the more perfect superimpositions would have highlighted this effect in a different way. But whatever, this was great.)
posted by cotton dress sock at 6:59 PM on September 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


The original was unwatchable. I barely made it to 37 seconds.

The side-by-side was inspired. I loved how the Miami Dolphins made this totally polished video to show off their cheerleaders-in-bikinis... and they totally got smoked by a bunch of Marines with an $8 budget. (And a mortar. More videos should have mortars.)
posted by dfm500 at 7:18 PM on September 2, 2016


I watched the whole mashup in 720p on my iPad with headphones. I am in an altered state of consciousness. Seriously.

liminal

holy fuck

posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:35 PM on September 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Good idea, bad execution. So these source videos, they're frame-identical edits... hmm...

*time passes*

Okay, check out this thing I just made: Call Me Maybe - Fever dream edition
posted by Rhomboid at 12:38 AM on September 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Excellent, Rhomboid. Full marks for making something better than the original, insofar as it's actually possible to watch but still elicits a sense of unease. All it's missing is some weird audio filters. I recommend layering a few amateur cover versions of the song that come in and out of harmony.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 1:47 AM on September 3, 2016


Now with 50% more unsettling audio.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:04 AM on September 3, 2016 [5 favorites]


Ring modulator?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:06 AM on September 3, 2016


I used a pitch shifter set to -6 semitones. (Had no stems this time, so I used a simple center channel vocal extractor to do a half-ass job of isolating the vocals, but I'm sure a lot of the instrumentation bled through, but eh, who cares, the point was to make a mess anyway.)
posted by Rhomboid at 12:54 PM on September 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Somehow I completely missed the cheerleaders one. I've been operating this whole time under the assumption that those soldiers did that choreography all on their own. Now I'm disappointed. :(
posted by schroedinger at 3:31 AM on September 4, 2016


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