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#4 Project Hyperessay- Technical Realization

Using filters in photobooth to create an impression of what audience feel about the song. I will create a collage of these videos to form a larger piece.

Instructions to participants:

1. Listen to this music from this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xL1ffMlzKY

2. Choose a filter from Mac Photobooth to what you feel about the music.

3. Play the music again and start Grooving/create funky faces/shapes with the filter.

4. Send the video to nashdin@hotmail.com through wetransfer.com or direct email.

Final outcome:

I will compose a final video from the various video submissions with further manipulations of these individual videos to form a larger psychedelic piece.

-there will also be individual profiles on a webpage for the people involved in the compositional piece.

The Post-Human Condition- KRAFTWERK

 The musical cyborg of electro-pop

KRAFTWERK

Kraftwerk, a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 maximizes the technological mediums of the 70s to craft an interesting  repetitive catchy electronic tunes that seem very robotic. In a way, they are even seen as pioneers of electro-pop music.

Kraftwerk’s uses music and lyrics to represent the post-war European urban life with our dependency on machines and technology to run our lives such as driving by car on Autobahn,train, using computers etc. It seems like a social commentary that machines are a part of us, like a biological extension to ease our everyday work. A celebration of modernity yet this subtle repercussions of this depency on machines to run our lives just like in  Robocop

Ok kidding! I mean it won’t be so extreme to that extent but it’s kind of scary to think our world dominated by machines and we will be slacking our ass out at homes doing literally nothing! This comes to my point about the post-human condition where we get too comfortable with life. Will our existence be non-productive or valued? I mean it’s unfair to say non-productive because machines does help out ease our burden but will it be to the point machines are controlling our lives?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43pOtLgVG2k

Watching Kraftwerk “I am Robot” and “The Man Machine” shows this inhuman character going about doing everyday mundane cyclic things. Its like we are slaved by our own creation. They even exemplify this alienation of technology through their live performances in which some they do not appear live but instead used  life-size mannequins and robots to conduct official photo shoots.

But put aside those performances that reflect their “foreseen” society, i do enjoy the mash of instruments that are digitally altered to make it sound more electronic and did I mention they also made some custom self made instruments to push further the limits of music technology? especially the use of vocoder in their lyrics.  for those unfamiliar how a vocoder sounds like, here’s a link: (the first part)

Altering natural sound and making it mechanical to produce a soundtrack-that’s the main style of Kraftwerk that I perceive them.