Sunday, September 14, 2008

WAR OF CONFUSION (video)




In March I released a mashup made with music of germany's 80's popgroup
Propaganda and vocals of The Temptations, Edwin Starr and Nas, which
was well received.

The lyrics of the song Ball of Confusion, by The Temptations,
though more than 30 years old seem as relevant today as they were
then and conjured up a lot of imagery when listening to it.

After viewing Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi, loosely translated as 'Life

as War' an idea started to form that his use of imagery and editing
and the subject matter would well fit with this audiomashup of mine.

To get the idea was easy, to execute it was a different matter.
I had no experience with video editing except the very basics and
what I wanted to achieve would definitely need more than that.

It took countless hours of experimenting and searching for
materials, watching hours and hours of documentaries of which some
were really gruesome to see and for about 3 months I was solely
dedicated to bring this project to fruition.

Do I have a political agenda with this video?
No, but like any sane person I am disgusted by the atrocities and
accompanying cynicism that occurs on our planet. And we grow indifferent to many of the news about it. I hope this video shows that wars, neglect, famine, etc are no trivial matters at all and definitely not glamorous.

A lot of the material used is from the USA, my video is not
specifically targeted against the USA, it's simply that there is lot
more media coverage from there to be found.

At the end of the video a creditroll with all sources is listed.


Special thanks to DJ Not-I for kindly previewing the video and
giving helpful suggestions and my wife who had to endure viewing
this over and over again.


WARNING THIS VIDEO CONTAINS STRONG GRAPHICAL IMAGES OF VIOLENCE AND
IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVICED



youtubelink

War of Confusion from Virtual DJ on Vimeo.



link to the downloadable mp3 (15MB 256bitrate) (through divshare)

link to the downloadable video (mp4 format (640x480)(through divshare), the widescreen version will follow soon 111MB



edit 10 oct: The video received great reviews and has been featured (among others) on Audioporncentral, mashupfacts, Bartcop Entertainment, and was voted for Video Of The Month at Sound-Unsound.com.


4 comments:

alternativeboris said...

superb!!

GingerZilla said...

I can see why it's taken so long to make but it's worth the effort. The message is clear.
A brave and truly excellent video.

Champignons for my real friends... said...

Thanks for making this. Excellent work.

DJ Useo said...

Mighty fine results here for an already super track.Big kudos!