Selecting your track

Posted: May 10, 2012 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 11_13
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You now have to make a music video of your own. You can select your own track, and you need to have done this by the end day 10th May.

Try and select a track you have copyright clearance on – search at CC Search, Jamendo or Soundcloud. Or have access to a performer with a good recording. If you are stuck, Nine Inch Nails have released two albums under CC that you can use – they are on the media drive.

Select a track as quickly as possible – then you will need to analyze it.

  • What does the song mean? To you? In general?
  • What is the content – and this could be musically or lyrically. 
  • What imagery is conveyed by the song? Again, Musically or lyrically.
  • Is there a story?
  • How long is it?
  • What speed is the track? Preferably in BPM.
  • What is the style of the music?
  • What lyrical or musical semiotics are being used?
  • Who is the performer?
  • What is their style?
  • What genre of music is it?
  • What is the general style associated with this genre?

Collect this information to help you when it comes to developing an idea. You will be given a treatment for a music video, and I want you to read it, look at the video and identify where it talks about:

  • Content of the video
  • Style of the song / video
  • Story
  • imagery
  • pace
  • meaning

And tomorrow, you will write your own treatment!


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