Weird corners of YouTube #37

Screw television. I mean, really: why do we need self-appointed ‘opinion leaders’ deciding what we the proletariat should see when we can cater to every last niche via our own labours?
Take, for example, the corner of YouTube I’m going to label “Amateur
choral arrangements of Bear McCreary’s version of Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower.”

Example #1, Sac State Jazz singers:

Awesome. Example #2, Fife High School Jazz Choir:

Shame the audio recording is ropey, it’s a spectacular rendition.

Example #3, Vocal Velocity AKA Folsom High School Jazz Choir:

A bit heavy on the beatboxing and emoting for me, but there is room in this brave new world for all perspectives.

If you wonder what all this is referencing… well, you’d pretty much have to watch three seasons of Battlestar Galactica to experience the complete hairs-on-back-of-neck nature of its use at the end of season 3. Then you’d have to watch season 4 to find out how the song isn’t just in the frakkin’ ship, it’s woven through the whole damn series.

But for a taste, here’s actor Katee Sackhoff trying to remember how to play it with McCreary. That she almost can’t is pretty much what the story was about:


For some reason, I’ve been flicking my way through a bunch of time-lapse videos on YouTube. There’s some fabulous stuff, though I’ll say again: current YouTube quality is only ‘good enough’ because we don’t know better. I’m not just being stroppy or ‘professional,’ we’ve been here before: remember the postage stamp-sized early Quicktime, how utterly magical it was to see that back in 1992… and how quickly it started to look rubbish?

Anyway, the tricky bit about time-lapse is finding something appropriate to point the camera at. Anthony Powell has the perfect subject: Antarctica. Wow.

Worth checking the silly film competition Anthony won, too.