Here we stand, exposing ourselves

Addendum, mid-March: EMI, the money-grabbing bastards, have decided to block this worldwide. I wouldn’t have minded but it was fine when I uploaded the thing. In any case, it can’t be helped, so I’ve included the Viddler link. It should now work.

The first question: Can you, in fact, get enough footage for a six-minute Kraftwerk song from a single episode of Doctor Who?

The answer is yes. Almost.

When I was in my early twenties, at the halfway point of a course I abandoned not long afterwards, I taught a creative writing seminar for the rest of our teacher training group. My friend and I agreed at the time that the best way to teach creative writing in a classroom was to focus your students. If you give them a blank sheet and tell them to write a story, you’ll get a lot of procrastination. But if you tell them to write a story about X, or in Y words, your results will probably be better. We communicated this to the group by means of references to Jerry Springer, Peanuts and Bagpuss.

Some thirteen years later, I still believe that the occasional bout of enforced concentration is good for the soul, and that’s what I had in mind when I put this together. It stemmed from my initial play-through of Trans-Europe Express on a cold January afternoon – its sparse electronic landscape a perfect accompaniment to the wintry scenes I surveyed around me – and the realisation that ‘Showroom Dummies’, with its minimal (but cutting) lyrics, was perfect subject matter for a video about the Autons. And more to the point, no one appeared to have done it yet. Which gave me another chance to land-grab, and that’s great, but why has no one done it? ‘Rose’ is seven years old, and there are nods to the Kraftwerk / Doctor Who connection all over the web if you look, so why did no one think of marrying these two before now? Presumably people have less screen-time and more of a life?

Focussing on one episode made me scour it with a greater intensity than I usually afford these things when I’m doing a montage. You look for the silent glances, the meaningful stares. In the end I think it came off rather well, but I admit I ran out of steam at around the five minute mark, so you get an early fade. Still, you do get to see the Autons dance, after a fashion, so it works.

There is, almost certainly, another version of this video somewhere containing footage from ‘Spearhead From Space’ and possibly even ‘The Pandorica Opens’. But I won’t be making it. I think I’ve had enough of Kraftwerk for a while. I’m off to listen to Jerry Springer instead.

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13 thoughts on “Here we stand, exposing ourselves

  1. Blocked video by EMI.

    • reverend61

      Ah yes. Meant to say you can’t watch it on a mobile. I should put that in the post.

  2. I think it’s blocked for all of us in the US. EMI hates us. 😦

    • reverend61

      Damn. Are you trying from a laptop or a tablet? If the latter you won’t be able to see it. If the former, then it *is* blocked – I can upload it to Viddler.

      • Laptop. It specifically says it’s blocked in my country.

      • reverend61

        Funny, it didn’t say that on the copyright page! It usually does. Oh well. I’ll stick a Viddler link in here later.

      • You rock. ❤

      • reverend61

        Had a look – it looks like it’s blocked here as well! That’s new. They didn’t do that when I uploaded it!

      • Well, that’s super lame.

      • reverend61

        It’s bloody ridiculous. I took down the Wayne’s World / Bohemian Rhapsody video because it was blocked only in Germany (which has very tough copyright laws) for over a year, until the day they suddenly decided to block it worldwide. (It had mistakes in it anyway.)

      • I was really looking forward to watching, too. 😦

      • reverend61

        Try it now.

      • VERY nice. It even plays on iOS now!

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