Monday, February 20, 2006

Erasing Eminem

So it rained for 40 days and 40 nights in British Columbia. I spent the time in my basement studio, wearing nothing but my robe and slippers (my wife loved it), erasing Eminem. OK, let me rewind. Around the new year, I came across a design collective called ForkScrew and they had done these kick-ass posters using the IPOD style from the ads Apple has been plastering everywhere but replace the shilouettes with images from the Iraq war, replaced the Apple logo with a grenade and instead of IPod it became IRaq. There are so many statements these ads make, that you could write a thesis about them. Fuckin brilliant.

So building on that idea I searched for IPOD TV ads. Thankfully had the newest Eminem/IPod ad at pretty high resolution. I downloaded it, called few conspirators back in the ATL and got to work. The task at hand was to delete Eminem and the sillouettes, frame by frame, and replace them with Iraq war imagery. Don Clark did a lot of the erasing, Alex Rambaud of Black Mona Lisa re-wrote the lyrics and added nasally Cypress Hill style delivery, Nav and Johnny re-mixed the track and DJM mixed it all together.

So here you go. We are calling it USE.
Quicktime 7 Version - Flash Version - IPOD Version

I will put a page on how we did it and links to my sources for any non-believers out there in the next couple days. If you want to include this clip in your blog or page, click here.

In other news, we got a generous donation from Dictatorchic T-Shirts and with the money we bought a year of dedicated server space. So if you have been having trouble getting me by email this week it's because we were in transition. By next week, it should be AOK. I am also testing a new interface for playing videos at subMedia, so if you have a second check it out and give me some feedback.

So now the sun has come out, and I am ready to get on my bike and talk to human beings. I wish I could go to Atlanta to catch Black Mona Lisa this weekend. In case you didn't know they play tonight (friday the 17th) at Lenny's

That's all folks. Have a safe weekend.