Friday, December 9, 2005

Soul Meets Body - Cerebral Art

It's been a fun week with so many cool "ending" lectures and it has also been a bit emotional (it always feels deeper during the end of the semester) some of my friends are actually graduating and beginning their professional lives this time so it's really energizing for me.

On to the point: check out this severely-beautiful music video by Deathcab for Cutie, it's so simple and pure and yet so touching and deeply moving to me. It's a song I have always liked and this video takes the experience even further. I posted the video right here on so you can just click the link and watch it right in the browser. If for some reason the video won't play use the second link to update your Quicktime software to the newest revision, Quicktime 7 HD. Watch the video closely FIRST and then read on in this post below.

My take on the video: For me it is an analogy of music to life. It is about the time your soul meets your body and the ambiguity that surrounds the process of life. As the lead singer walks through the forest, nature surrounds him with foliage and animals. He begins singing (creation unfolds) and you see bits of goo or fungus seeping out of crevasses and trees which symbolize our birth and emergence from mother earth. The notes rise or "grow up" and begin their ascent in life out of the forest and through the sky. they begin close to nature. As the song unfolds the notes travel through many different places which symbolize the spending of life... We see the notes facing the challenges of life, crossing the road and being blown around, huddling by the light* to keep warm. One of the first notes to go astray on this journey is coaxed by a young girl who then captures and entraps the note. At first the note struggles to become free once more and you see it tapping away at the lid but tragically without freedom the note dies and the young girl looks on, tapping at the side of the jar. The second note is lost as the group enters into the core of a city and has completely left nature. It has resisted temptations of many sorts but gets hung up on razor-wire, an analogy for war and politics. Just as young men and women give their lives for our country (and others) this note has been lost (prematurely? or was that its purpose) and we see another note which gets hung up in a similar way, resting on technology (the telephone wire)... As the song nears its end and the notes continue their journey we begin to see water and dead leaves that are reminiscant of the opening segment of living nature, we recognize a cycle. One of the final notes struggles along (in old age) and crawls its last paces in a sandy embankment. In stark contrast to the sandy death, another note is shown hung up on a fence, almost over... frozen forever in a scene of purpose, "trying to get somewhere". None of the notes are flying any more, they have each traveled their path to it's end and the life is almost gone. Youth has been lost and there is hardly anything that resembles the opening scenes of the video besides the ongoing music being performed... the song of life unchanged for each of us. The notes of our lives deviate but the song remains. There is a distinct feeling of sadness with the images of the last few dying notes in the back of our minds. Each death was moddled so carefully, tugging at a primal feeling within all of us for what it means to die and what it looks like. Once more we return to nature, but this time a different scene is shown. A beach with a sunset and clear skies is pictured. A small group of notes goes floating out to sea. Are these the notes that made it? Are they the chosen notes who did not stray from the path of "God" or is this a representation for all of us going to some sort of heaven... our soul once again alone as our body decays: dust. Music, life, is unique each time it is played out. It is a living breathing form that only exists temporarily, when soul meets body.

Remember, I Remember - by Thomas Hood

I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
Nor brought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.

I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,
The violets and the lily-cups--
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,--
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
The summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now 'tis little joy
To know I'm farther off from Heaven
Than when I was a boy.

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Monday, December 5, 2005

More Media Exposure, Xbox 360

My friend Luke (who took me to Zero Hour) just called tonight and said he and I were on G4! The episode was this one: (links broken when video expired, will post soon) and it will be replayed within the next few days if you get a chance to check it out, I'm going to try to record it and maybe I can post it here. We did a number of interviews at Zero Hour because of our unique story and strong interest in the business/marketing behind gaming. Aside from G4 we were featured in a few other articles including this one which was done for the local newspaper and has some interesting stats on gaming: (links broken when article expired, will post soon)

Microsoft did such a great job at this event! I have already thanked these people but I wanted to send another shout out to Titus, Ceasar, Ryan and Homer from GameSpot, Marilyn Ishak, Richard Irving, Simon Jones from Digital Outlook, Cliff Blezinsky (I like your blog), Arne Meyer, Jay Allard, and especially Clinton Fowler!

Jay? Clinton wants to know why you keep falling off your bike! By the way, those developer special edition Xbox 360's are awesome, I really admire your hard work and the positive / rewarding culture that Microsoft fosters :) I want to join your company and I am currently job searching with Microsoft Australia! Maybe we will get to meet again at the Xbox 720 launch event???

posted by Court @ 4:13 PM | 0 Comments Links to this post

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