A video of videos

Adrian Veidt

Alan Moore almost 30 years ago copied an idea from my future performances. How did he do that?

I’m starting work on a project to contribute to the backdrop video for one of my new-ish songs.  I’ve made a video for it already and have performed it a couple of times, but I’m now revisiting it.  The song, entitled “All Place”, was composed to be a dramatic intro piece for a live set.  Lyrically, it’s quite abstract, but the inspiration for it is derived from growing up in a media saturated culture to live in our current age of connectivity.  The idea I had at the beginning was to start the show sitting on the stage, facing away from the audience, watching rows of televisions, all flipping through various channels.  I had rejected the idea for several reasons, one being that I think it’s kind of cliche.  However, the other day, while practicing the song, I decided that I still liked it as an idea and I really don’t care how cliche it is.  Sometimes, as an artist, you just got to realize that you can’t be 100% original all the time and that it would be a mistake to try.  The other thing that held me back was all the work that it would take to make it possible.  To really get the right effect, we’re talking about a video composition involving a huge amount of little clips.  To find, download a and edit these clips will be time consuming and tedious.  Is it really worth the trouble for something that’s kind of cliche?  I’ve decided that if it’s what fits with my overall vision as performer, yeah, sure!  So it might take me a while, but that’s what I’m setting out to do.

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