New Project – The Video Mix Tape

Long ago and far away, in the city they call Yakima, I saw a video mix tape at a friend’s house. At the time, I hadn’t a clue that it was called that nor did I know there were more of them. My friends and I just thought it to be a really novel, cool piece of remix culture (I didn’t know what that was at the time either.). It was fascinating. Clips included bad cartoons from Hanna-Barbera, lousy horror movie footage, some early 80s porn, action films with no plot, and so on. All of it was mixed together along with some music and occasionally other backing sound effects. I probably watched that thing at least 30 times. There was no cohesiveness to it, but I think my brain resolved something out of it anyway. It was clearly a product of its time, but whether it was a celebration of the time or a mocking, I still don’t know.

Then time passed and I completely forgot about it.

Until a few months ago when I happened across something called Skinemax. Named after the joking nickname reserved for the content the Cinemax channel shows after 10pm or so, Skinemax is a video mix tape that is, in my mind, a celebration of the 80s and early 90s. There’s a great multitude of footage edited together with some excellent music. It’s not as chaotic as the tape I watched so long ago, but it does have that element of chaos that I really dig on.

I watched it twice. Then sought out others. I’ll write more about those later but it cemented in my mind a new project I wanted to do — make my own video mix tape.

I’ve been collecting footage, notes, ideas, and links to do this and now, thanks to the arrival of my Mac Mini and the surprisingly robust iMovie app, I’m going to go to work on it…. Today.

I figure it’s going to take some time to do this. I’m shooting for a 45 minute mix tape with music and all kinds of different footage in a display that, at the very least, will make the viewer cock their head to the side and wonder just what kind of drugs I’m on. (To remove the mystery, I’m on albuterol, caffeine, and the occasional ibuprofen.) It will be 105 shades of not safe for work, but I’ll post a link to it here when it’s done and you can view it at your leisure. I don’t have a timeline for this, but I’d be surprised if it took less than a couple of weeks to do. I’m not going to spend hours per day on it, just a few minutes here and there, building it as one might the Lego Death Star.

Anyway, so you get an idea of what the hell I’m on about, here’s the Skinemax video that jump started my desire to do my own video mix tape. It’s fairly work safe, but there is some horror movie footage in there along with some risque stuff you would expect from Cinemax after hours. So best to watch it at home unless you’re self employed or have a really cool boss or something. Have a look, I’ll let y’all know when mine is finished.

Skinemax from Smash TV on Vimeo.

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