Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cobra Starship, Addictive TV and Salvador Dali

I have a personal objection to the movie Snakes on a Plane, it seems like such a horrible concept for a movie. Such a horrible concept that the mere idea of it should be shunned. So when I first heard of Cobra Starship I immediately blocked them out of my mind. Because the band surged in popularity and recognition, because of the film Snakes on a Plane. Though today I was cruising the web looking for interesting things to write about and I came across and interview with the band. In the article Gabe Saporta recounts an interesting story of how he came up with the name of the band and why it was formed.

Gabe Saporta the band's lead singer claims that he sought to discover his true purpose and meaning in the desert of Arizona on an Indian reservation. One night after doing large amounts of peyote a cobra, from the future who had come through space to find Gabe, bit his neck. Upon waking a week later the cobra, telepathically told him ( 'cause that is how alien cobras from the future speak) of the eventual demise of the world and mankind.

The mystical cobra revealed to Gabe his mission and point of existence. Gabe's mission is leading the human race into "the end" with "style." That he is called to "[teach] hipsters to not take themselves so seriously and by telling emo kids to stop being pu....". Gabe says that the way he knows the cobra was real was that the the fact that he got offered to work with the movie Snakes on a Plane.

Despite my best intentions I was inexplicably drawn to look at the Snakes on a Plane Wikipedia article. It turned out to be a good move for me because it introduced me the the group Addictive TV. Addictive TV was commissioned by New Line Cinema to create trailers for the US television networks. It turns out that Addictive TV specializes in audio-visual film remixes. Addictive TV combines video mashups that are set to the beat of their music mashups.

With the rise of Youtube these video mashups have been gaining popularity, but Addictive TV have been doing it since 1992. This concept of taking clips from existing media and mashing it together has been around for along time, with most notably Salvador Dali's film called An Andalusian Dog, doing it in 1928. Dali mixed footage he shot with completely unrelated footage.

Here is an example of Addictive TV's work.

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