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23:45 20 Dec 2012
I'd say one thing - drums. That's a large part of the difference.
I'm probably being quite simple minded, but you've also got the broadly slow tempo of these pieces in the second clip. And without the strict structured beat pronounced by any drums (which are really persistent and prominent in the Neu track) there's a kind of strange emptiness.
People don't really dance to music without drums or percussion of some sort. It's why the one bit that feels kind of correct is the beautiful pull-away of the ballet dancers, it fits the This Mortal Coil strings beautifully. The rest of it is eerie because it's incongruous, but I think that section, certainly in isolation, feels right.
I've wondered about Curtis and dancing since AWOBMOLG, particularly part 3. I like the black guy dancing whilst looking in the mirror, by himself. It's funny when it's used in AWOBMOLG (I think it's end of Part 1). But I wonder if someone could say something clever about it evoking individualism, narcissism or isolation?
Dancing is really prominently used in the section about The Selfish Gene. I don't quite know what to make of that. Maybe it's the opposite to what I mentioned earlier, most of the dances are group pieces, and synchronised. Maybe it's a metaphor for rigid assimilation, or something? Collective action, but where no one could stop the dance, or dance differently? The mechanical precision of I Feel Love emphasises this feeling for me, once again this might be terribly obvious to everyone else. Although I bloody love that song. I heard Adam's mate (Eno) talking about State of Independence, and how he loves the combo of Moroder's mechanical production and arrangement, and Summer's ultra-human passion and soulfulness. He ruined River Deep for me as well.
23:36 16 Dec 2012
As others, I loved the first version. I was already to go with feelings of separateness with the second as trailed by Adam, but the funny thing is it just didn't happen. Despite the introspection of the music the sheer physical joy of so many of the dancers kept breaking through and the overridding sense for me was still one of togetherness. It reminded me of the raw physicality of dance and the fun that it gives people, especially when in a group of friends. And thanks for introducing me to Neu.
19:28 14 Dec 2012
Could you post one of these on Youtube, please? I'd like to rip the video and add my own score. Thanks.
21:13 3 Dec 2012
Nice to hear This Mortal Coil getting some attention! they made some of the most gorgeously emotional music.
05:46 28 Nov 2012
I found both videos hypnotic and I have been haunted by memories of some of the images for days. Neu, Burial et al make a superb soundtrack.
In mentioning hypnosis, I'm keen to share the following remarkable story of how a young German WWI corporal with a trauma was transformed by a hypnotic therapy with great consequences.
03:36 28 Nov 2012
I am gonna stop spamming you now......but when it comes to all your films, you have an uncanny ability to 'show not tell'..... Music is so powerful and can evoke a subtext we didn't even know existed. In the right hands, It plays our emotions like no other medium can. You are a master of this Adam Curtis. Much love and respect to you
03:28 28 Nov 2012
I felt the same at the end of the Gadaffi article when you cut the 'Arab Spring' riots to Jesus and Mary Chain. Not ashamed to admit, I cried... yeah yeah I'm emotional!!
02:48 28 Nov 2012
Also these two videos were really interesting to me as a musician (and also as someone who loves neu and stuff like burial/eno/glass/carpenter/dystopian soundscapey things in general!)
With video 1, I was smiling all the time.... perhaps connected is too strong a word for how I felt. I felt just kind of happy to see all these people dancing! Still really cool but when compared to video 2 I would say almost pedestrian (not saying your work is pedestrian I quickly add!!)
With video 2 however, I felt like an alien who had just come to earth for the first time and was gleaning our planet for signs of life! It was so moving. I felt disconnected but in a way strangely connected.... How do I qualify that last sentence. It was as if the juxtaposition of the 'other worldly', sublime music with those very personal human interactions almost amplified the disconnect. But in amplifying the disconnect, you are also reminded that you too are also human, and I got a sense of 'Isn't it amazing, all these human interactions are played out in a little microcosm of the universe... and as if by chance some guy in an editing room in the BBC decided to put them together..... The feeling was amplified over the course of the piece. With the last 3-4 minutes almost over-whelming... Beautiful stuff indeed, and thanyou for taking the time to do this :)
02:19 28 Nov 2012
Just out of an absolute love of all your work and this blog in particular, about a year ago I borrowed/stole/took footage from 'all watched over..' and put it to one of my songs.... Please do not be mad! It was a non commercial release which basically just went to a few select friends.....
12:49 27 Nov 2012
I agree with Andrew Smallbone's comment. The people are dancing, so the upbeat rhythm of the Neu! track draws the viewer into the context of the diegetic action - namely celebration. In the second video, you are imbuing the montage with a contrasting idea of what is going on - the editor forces the viewer to stand apart.
What is now perhaps more interesting is that everyone can play editor and add music to appropriate their own meaning.
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