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Kutiman YouTube video

by Critical Commons Manager

This video is especially interesting to me because it treats the user generated contents of YouTube as not just a repository of raw materials, but as itself a compositional environment. That is to say, YouTube becomes a database not just of media to be recombined, but to be sampled and played as though through a MIDI device. The creator of this video, Kutiman, essentially broke down hundreds of videos into discreet units of sound in order to compose this piece, reversing the usual hierarchy of sound-image relations in video production. The site where the video is distributed also extends the community aspect of the video, inviting viewers to watch the piece to see if they are in it: "you might find yourself..."

The Mother of All Funk Chords

A remix vid composed entirely of clips from YouTube

from The Mother of All Funk Chords (2009)
Creator: Kutiman
Posted by Critical Commons Manager