Rube Goldberg machines
I don’t know how many of you recall the band OK Go’s awesome video with them dancing on treadmills, for their song Here it Goes Again. But they’ve got another awesome video for their song This Too Shall Pass – and it’s on YouTube. The video features a Rube Goldberg Machine, which is, as Wikipedia puts it, “a deliberately over-engineered machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction”.
Another example of a music video that uses this kind of machine is The Bravery’s An Honest Mistake. OK Go’s video is the best by far. If you’re still not knowing what I’m getting at and haven’t checked out the videos yet, think about a line of dominoes standing up one after another. You tap one, and the whole line of dominoes falls over in succession. Now imagine this in a larger scale. (Like Over Four Million Dominoes.)
Now imagine this being even more complicated, with the dominoes activating something else. Balls falling, balls rolling, water spilling, traps opening, hammers clanging – and that’s pretty much what you’ve got. Try thinking of the game Mousetrap, which worked by the same principle.
I feel like I am amused by such little things. :P
But what I think about is how much attention I pay to the video compared to the music. In the case of OK Go and The Bravery, I love both their music. I don’t know if it’s a bad thing when someone might pay more attention to the video clip than the song itself. Some people find the video clip infinitely better than the song, and they usually find that at the end of the clip, they don’t even recall any part of the song.
The thing I like about OK Go is that despite their videos being so interesting that you could watch them on mute, they dance and move to the beat of their songs. And their videos are made in such a way that they go with the flow of the song.
Perhaps the videos make me like the song more than I would with an alternate video clip. But I guess these things go hand in hand when you’re watching a video clip – not only do you have sound, but you’ve got visuals.
If anyone has any really good video clips for songs, feel free to share them in the comments. :) And who’s up for making a Rube Goldberg machine? /bounce Share all your awesome videos in the comments!
I have only a few days of semester left and then university is finished for the year. I’m really relieved and glad about it. I just want it over and done with. I have a few assignments left and some are due after classes finish, but I’ll live. :3
I’m mostly glad that Regulating Communication is over. I hated that subject. Big time. ;)