Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Whilst doing research into the Metalcore genre I decided to look at several music videos and deconstruct them. This allow me to pick up on the common conventions The videos I looked at and deconstructed were (Click on the title above each video to view the deconstruction):
Bullet For My Valentine - Your Betrayal
- Performance and Concept music video
- Band members introduced to audience one by one, edited to fit in with the track
- The majority of the focus is on the, in particular the lead vocalist, lip-syncing occurs
- Majority of the shots used in the performance are two shots or group shots
- Concept features two women performing one of the deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride) anchored towards the end of the music video as these words appear on screen with the action
- Text is in red signifies blood
Motionless In White - Ghost In The Mirror
- Performance based music video
- Several locations have been used throughout the music video
- Religious aspect with the stain glass in one of the locations signifying a church
- Majority of the focus is on the lead vocalist
- Variety of shots used
- Group shots are used a lot, showing the entire band perform
- Shots have been quickly edited and to the beat
- Lip-syncing occurs
Killswitch Engage - My Curse
- Contains both performance and narrative aspects
- The performance aspect is in an unusual style of a flick-book format
- Focus in the performance aspect is on the lead vocalist
- Limited shot variation in the performance
- Narrative aspect includes different locations
- Narrative aspect features Propp's theory of a hero trying to obtain a prize
- The prize is in a wedding dress - reference to church and religious aspect
- In the narrative aspect there is a wide variation of shots
- Special effects are also used throughout the narrative - this bridging the gaps between the locations
Parkway Drive - Sleepwalker
- Concept music video with a small element of performance
- Special effects are used throughout the music video as the entire video is in black and white with the exception of red signifying blood.
- Fish-eye lenses are also used during the video
- Throughout the music video the majority of the shots are point of view, this leaves the video with a limited variation in shots
- Several jump cuts are used
- Fast paced editing is also used and matches the track
Meshuggah - Rational Gaze
- Entirely performance based
- Includes special effects throughout the music video e.g. blue tint, multi-layering, garbage matte and chroma key
- The majority of the focus is on the lead vocalist
- The band hardly appear on screen as a whole and not many two shots are included as well
- Editing has been done to the beat
During the time between Sunburnt in December recording a demo of their song "Like A Match To An Arsonist" to now (29th December) we have struggled to export the behind the scenes footage. There have been several reasons for were: whilst exporting the first time, somehow, the video had five minutes of complete darkness added on to the end, and towards the end of the month had several days off due to Jubilee Day and a training day. As well as the need to film and edit sample footage.
However the situation with the five minutes of complete darkness has now been resolved by simple re-exporting the footage.
Here is the behind the scenes footage of the Sunburnt In December recording "Like A Match To An Arsonist":
Here is the mastered track, this was completed on Sunday, 27 November 2011:
Sunday, 27 November 2011
The band's debut album was self-titled was released in July 2000. The album had nine songs on accumulating to 36mins. In 2005 the album was re-released with a new cover as well as having four extra songs on which were part of a 1999 demo. These four extra songs made the album 44 mins long.
The third album from Killswitch Engage, released in 2004. There were three singles to be released from this album "Rose Of Sharyn", "The End Of Heartache" and "A Bid Farewell". However the song "When Darkness Falls" appears on "Freddy vs. Jason" (2003) and "The End of Heartache" appears on the film soundtrack to Resident Evil: Apocalypse, this song also appears on the Guitar Hero: Van Halen game. It was also nominated for "Best Metal Performance" in the 47th Grammy Awards. "Breathe Life" is also used as a sample for Bullet for My Valentine's song ""My Fist, Your Mouth, Her Scars", this appears on the "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)" single. The album consisted of twelve songs lasting for 43 minutes. Although in 2005 a special edition of the album was released adding an additional six tracks.
As Daylight Dies is the fourth album by the band, released in 2006, it is one of the band's highest selling albums to date with 500,000 copies sold in the US alone! The fist single to be released from this album was "My Curse" which appeared as a playable song on Guitar Hero III as well as a downloadable song on Rock Band (1 and 2). The band released a further three singles from this album entitled: "The Arms of Sorrow", "Holy Driver" and "This is Absolution". In 2007 a special edition of the album was released including four B-sides this included "Holy Driver" which was released as the third single. The album originally had eleven songs on it before the special edition which increased the number of tracks to fifteen. As well as this a special edition DVD was released with the first three single's music videos and the making of videos for "My Curse" and "The Arms Of Sorrow"
Killswitch Engage is the band's fifth studio album as well as being the band's second self-titled album. The album was originally released in 2009, with four singles being released from it. These singles are: "Reckoning", "Starting Over", "Take Me Away" and "Save Me". The original album had eleven tracks on with the total length being 38 minutes. However a special edition was also released on the same day with an extra four songs, three of them being live. As well as this a special edition dvd was released consisting of The Making of Documentary and exclusive band interviews.
The video is famous because it is the first Slipknot video that shows glimpses of the member's faces, which is extremely critical because the band are famous for wearing masks on stage and in their music videos. The faces are shown in subtle ways, leaving a narrative enigma; there are shots of noses, eyes and mouths, as well as instruments and masks lying nearby.
|The band's masks cast aside for the video, leaving a narrative|
enigma as to who's who and what they look like.
|Instrument close-ups used intermittently.|
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Sam - Vocals
Conor - Drums
Jem - Bass
Mitch - Guitar
Elliot - Guitar
We've talked to them about costume, and how we will be buying the costume. We've all decided it would be easier if we wore plains clothes on the shoot. White/black t - shirts this would mean we're more likely to have less continuity errors based around costume. We also discussed the idea with them and got positive feedback paired with minor criticisms which we've considered and changed our idea around e.g Jem driving a van on the moor... We discussed location as well and decided that the twelve apostles maybe a tad bit to far to walk with equipment for the performance but we decided on a location close to the cow and calf but out of the way from the general public.
Monday, 21 November 2011
Sunday, 20 November 2011
|A band member being dragged through the forest.|
I believe that this is an important style to try and implement into our video; the location principally as it is a dark part of the country; we could shoot the performance of our video in a forest rather than in open moorland but we'll decide that as a group later. Obviously this video is comedic and doesn't focus on seriousness whereas our video will be slightly more downbeat and earnest, yet aspect such as the location and performance will be similar. It also continues the narrative enigma of the thing attacking them in the video, as our video will do as well; except obviously with a few flashes of fangs and fur rather than totally nothing.
Here is the video embedded below; please excuse the expletives.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
- The artist's name is generally the most noticeable on the magazine advert to attract the attention of the reader straight away.
- The single or album's name is also very visible in the advertisement.
- Web address - the band's advertisement will often include urls to their Facebook website, possibly their MySpace (although MySpace is declining rapidly in popularity due to websites like Facebook and Twitter taking all their traffic). The web addresses will also detail the record label and normally a ticket website where tickets for tours and gigs can be purchased.
- There is also sometimes an image of the band in plain view, however this is not always the case as sometimes an abstract design or something similar is shown instead.
- In a similar style, the theme of the band or the theme of the album will be echoed in the magazine advert, for example the advert for Blink 182's new album, Neighborhoods; the album's lyrical content details some suburban-themed ideas, reflective in the advert.
- In another form of social networking is the use of #hashtags on the microblogging website to attract attention to the band through letting other users of the website see it on their timeline.
|A Twitter user hashtagging deathcore band The Acacia Strain in a tweet|
whilst also hashtagging an emotion and mentioning COD.
- There may also be a shot of the product in its physical form rather than just the album art in a production shot that shows the reader the detail of the album or single or EP.
- Similarly to the above point, if there isn't a photo of its physical form then there will more than likely be a picture of the album artwork accompanying the text.
- The poster or advert might also depict the name of a single that's been released prior to the whole album so that readers know something they're getting.
- There is always a release date for the product on the magazine article, either that or if the album has already been released, "Out Now".
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
|Isis's Wavering Radiant, in digipak form, complete with|
elaborate album art, track listing and more illustrations
inside the booklet.
- The digipak style was created as a more environmentally-minded alternative to the jewel case, which was and still is dominant, yet is dying out along with CD sales.
- It is made using a material similar to cardboard, called paperboard, which is more flexible and houses a tray in the middle for the CD(s).
- They replaced jewel cases in a minor way as the material was brittle and often shattered in important places such as the teeth that held the CD hub and the two plastic hinges that kept the case together.
- Digipaks often depict the band's name and the title of the album/ep on the front, and on the spine of the sleeve. The spine also normally shows a catalogue number that the record company issue every product with, and their logo.
- The song's lyrics are typically printed on the inside of the digipak, on one of the interior panels, although they are occasionally printed on a booklet inside if the CD comes with one.
- On the back panel of the digipak, the details include the track listing again (although it might be less detailed than the version on the interior panels), the personnel of the band or artist, e.g who played what instrument, who composed it, who mixed and engineered and produced it.
- There is normally album art on the front cover of the digipak and it regularly coheres all the way through the product, with art on the booklet (if there is one), the interior sleeves and occasionally even the CD.
- The digipak can be a certain edition, such as a version of an album that has a special series of songs on it, e.g Jack Johnson's In Between Dreams CD which has a sticker from the record company he's signed with stating that it is a special edition, and also another one saying that it features bonus tracks only available in the UK.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
However music videos have nearly been in existent for a hundred years but were called several different names including talkies, Screen Songs, Promotional clips and Musical films.
Although modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of the accompanying single and album.
During the 2000s lo-fi videos started being made. Lo-fi is made with minimal budgets and not much shot variation. The most common lo-fi music video is called a one-shot where the entire video is one shot. The reason for these types of music video becoming what it is known for today was due to the shift towards internet broadcasting and a rise in popularity for user-generated video sites with YouTube being the leader in the market. Artists including R.E.M. and Tom Jones have had lo-fi music videos for their singles.
As two of the members of Sunburnt In December are actually in the production group Sublime Transcendence, there is obviously no need for an email to be sent to them asking for permission to use the song "Like A Match To An Arsonist" for our coursework task.
Monday, 14 November 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
This video is famous in the underground metal world already, even though it is only a year old, for the close up shots of the instruments, most notably the amount of string sway and the way the drumsticks bend in the video, as shown to the left. The bass pedals of the drummer's setup are also shown a lot, which is another convention in metal videos due to the style of drumming being interesting enough to show. Because there is no concept narrative to the video, the focus as previously mentioned is almost all on the instruments and the vocalist, as this brand of metal
principally focuses on technicity and the fluidity of the playing
We would aim to replicate this style of video in this way, except we would be using a small amount of makeup for each member seeing as we're supposedly in limbo after being attacked on the moor. However, during all performance of our video, the shot style and editing techniques would be similar to Caves' style as well.
Here is the video:
Thursday, 10 November 2011
|Architects' debut album, Nightmares.|
|A drum kit fitted with a double bass pedal.|
However, although as a band we take influence from a lot of contemporary musicians, we also play in the style sometimes of bigger older bands, such as Metallica; our songs often have fast, rhythmic yet simple passages that are akin to Metallica's mid-career stuff (and none of that Lou Reed garbage.) Similarly, bands like Nirvana and Pixies also have an influence on our approach to songwriting due to the way the instruments are set out.
|Guitar tapping on an 8-string.|
In 1989 Meshuggah's line up consisted of Fredrik Thordendal (Guitar and Vocals), Jens Kidman (Guitar and Vocals), Niclas Lundgren (Drums) and Peter Nordin (Bass). During this year the band released their debut EP entitled "Psykisk Testbild". However later this year Lundgren decided to leave the band. Tomas Haake replaced Lundgren in 1990 before the band recorded their debut LP entitled ""Contradictions Collapse" which was release in 1991. During this period the band had been signed to Nuclear Blast, a German record company.
|Drummer Tomas Haake|
The band recorded their next albym in May 1998 and was released in November the same year, the album was called "Chaosphere". Chaosphere, showed a faster and more aggressive Meshuggah. Three years later the band released a collection of rare tracks entitled "Rare Trax". The album consisted of demos and impossible-to-find recordings.
The band's next album was entitled "Nothing", it was released in August 2002 and it showed a Meshuggah focusing more on groove and a lower/growlier production. The band continued to promote the album until Hielm parted with the band. After the departure of Hielm the band entered the studio to record the 21 minute song later to be named “I”. With Gustav now no longer in the band, Meshuggah needed to find a new bassplayer the band recruited Dick Lövgren. In 2005 the band released “Catch Thirtythree", this new album was very guitar driven. The band's next album "obZen" was released in 2008.
Contradictions Collapse (1991)
Destroy Erase Improve (1995)
Catch Thirtythree (2005)
Rare Trax (2001)
Psykisk Testbild (1989)
The True Human Design (1997)
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
|An ESP/LTD SC 608b Steven Carpenter (guitarist of Deftones)|
guitar. Note the eight strings for maximum depth of tones,
as this style of guitar is used a lot in the genre.
Monday, 7 November 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011
In addition to recording the song, Richard also came to the studio to record a lot of footage detailing the processes of recording, as a kind of behind-the-scenes of what was going on. He recorded tracking of the instruments and a quick interview with each band member, and the footage will be uploaded to the Macs on Monday the 6th.