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7-23-08 Melt-Banana – Like a White Bat in a Box, Dead Matters Go On

Posted by Sean on July 23, 2008

Well, since we’re exploring the, ahem, fringes of music and the wild and woolly beasts that inhabit them… I think it’s time to revisit the portfolio of Dave Fischer. You may remember him on this blog for his singular headscratching short The Thin Wax Line or, more apropos to today’s post, his singular music video for Melt-Banana’s cover of Monkey Man. This is another video for Melt-Banana – a “spastic typographic animation”, as he puts it – for Like a White Bat in a Box, Dead Matters Go On, off 2003’s Cell-Scape. (You know how I am about bats, Shanoah. I saw the word “bat” and I was there, but with bells on) The title’s one of those where you need to stop and eat lunch somewhere around Box, not that that’s a bad thing.

According to Fischer, these movies are programmed in C; he claims not to use any video editing software. Hence his use, probably, of the song’s lyrics as the main attraction in this video. It’s clever, as in slap-yourself-on-the-head-and-wonder-why-you-didn’t-think-of-it-first clever , and the results are certainly exceptional. And there’s a bonus, as fargeatlarge on YouTube noted: 

That is the longest MB song that I have ever heard. Furthermore, it’s the only time I’ve ever understood the lyrics. I am a better person now. Thanks, Dave.

Clean (and downloadable!) copy here at Fischer’s Center for Computational Aesthetics.

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