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Music video by a man who can't play the instruments

12/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, YouTube

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzqumbhfxRo

The link is to a music video of a person playing quite a nice bit of music on the drums and piano. The nifty part is that although he can't play either, through the magic if clever video editing it sure looks as if he can. The wild part of it is that it's not dubbed; all the music is as played, except with a bit of re-arranging.

The Wall Street Journal has more information on this bit of YouTubism.

(Via Kottke)



Comment from: dena [Member]  

I passed this link on to one of my colleagues who developed and now teaches a Film Making option– I’m sure she will love it! (You are making me look good at work, Adam…) ;)

I also came across this through a slightly convoluted pathway that had me start at the latest “Diet Coke and Mentos” video, and end at video contest entries at the Coca-Cola website. (Link)

12/14/06 @ 10:39
Comment from: Adam [Member]  

Your link is an interesting use of found objects and sounds, but I think the tune in my one is better :)

What’s interesting about both is that they draw – probably not intentionally – from the old SoundTracker idiom wherein individual sounds are repeated in order to construct a tune. As both never have more than four channels going at a time, they could be replicated on an Amiga pretty faithfully!

12/14/06 @ 10:48
Comment from: dena [Member]  

No arguments from me about which is musically superior. ;)

Unfortunately, these links can’t be directly used in my colleague’s courses as there is other material in the margins, other links, etc that parents and admin could object to in the “in loco parentis” setting that grade school is. (Even when it is high school, and *not* because high school students couldn’t handle that kind of thing. Sigh! I’d better not get started down that road…)

But! I think she is inspired to make a small film of her own though– to at least demo for students another possibility in their filmmaking pursuits. :D

12/14/06 @ 16:20
Comment from: Adam [Member]  

Unfortunately I can’t figure out how to get the Blog software to accept an “embed” tag; otherwise I would use the same shockwave flash player that’s built into the YouTube viewer to be able to play the video without visibly leaving this site.

12/14/06 @ 16:29
Comment from: Nimble [Member]  

Some folks on b2e forums asking about that, too: http://forums.b2evolution.net/viewtopic.php?p=47833

Was just checking out Pharyngula for how they do it. They use the embed tag, but they add more to it, and I wonder whether it’s because of the difference in tag handling by different browsers.

They do:

<object width="425″ height="350″><param name="movie” value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1ftld7Ohojg"></param><param name="wmode” value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1ftld7Ohojg” type="application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode="transparent” width="425″ height="350″></embed></object>

It seems as though ‘embed’ is possibly deprecated. Looking at Apple’s site for inserting QuickTime, there’s an article: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/tutorials/embed.html

Ah, an even better explanation on Adobe’s site: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_4150

An HTML page is required to correctly display a Macromedia Flash movie in a browser. This HTML page must contain tags that reference the actual Macromedia Flash movie file to be opened and played. These tags are the OBJECT and EMBED tags. The OBJECT tag is used by Internet Explorer on Windows and the EMBED is used by Netscape Navigator (Macintosh and Windows) and Internet Explorer (Macintosh) to direct the browser to load the Macromedia Flash Player. Internet Explorer on Windows uses an ActiveX control to play Macromedia Flash content while all other browser and platform combinations use the Netscape plugin technology to play Macromedia Flash content. This explains the need for two tags.

It appears we might have to get tricky. I think I can figure out how to allow tags, but it might be nice to just say “here’s the darned movie", and have b2evolution generate the appropriate embed/object code for it. If changes are required on some browsers, like the Apple site indicates it might (or might soon?), then we wouldn’t have to re-edit the pages in question.

12/14/06 @ 19:03
Comment from: Adam [Member]  

Figure out those settings yet? You’ve had the entire Christmas break to get it going! :)

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