"Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn't resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.
I was directly inspired here by Kutiman's Thru-You project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tprMEs-zfQA
Thankyou to everyone who has responded to Somebody That I Used To Know via YouTube. It's truly amazing! All audio and video in Somebodies is from the YouTube user videos featured, each of them a cover or parody of Somebody That I Used To Know. No extra sounds were added to the mix, but I used some EQ, filtering, pitch-shifting and time-stretching to make the music.
A full list of links to the original videos is available here:
I avoided using any existing remixes of the song, or any covers from tv talent shows.
As comprehensive and extensive as I tried to be with my downloading of source videos, I know there are many clips that I missed.
I used Ableton Live for audio stretching, pitch-shifting and the initial video editing, and Adobe's After Effects to put the final video together.
Big thanks to Travis Banko for assistance with downloading source videos, and to James Bryans for After Effects tutelage.
Thankyou to Barry for being Barry, and guiding us all. Thanks to you for listening.
Gotye (Wouter De Backer)
1). Remixed version by Wally (13:45, 04 August 2012) "Gotye - Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra", published on 12 Aug 2012 by gotyemusic.
2). Original version by Wally: "Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)", uploaded by gotyemusic on 5 Jul 2011.
"What you are about to see is a mix of unrelated YouTube videos/clips edited together to create ThruYou. In other words - what you see is what you hear. Check out the credits for each video - you might find yourself.."
(Ophir Kutiel, http://www.kutiman.com/)
1). Ophir Kutiel (Kutiman), ThruYOU Project, "Kutiman-Thru-you - 01 - Mother of All Funk Chords", uploaded on 7 Mar 2009.
2). Ophir Kutiel (Kutiman), ThruYOU Project, "Kutiman-Thru-you - 08 - About ", uploaded by kutiman on 7 Mar 2009.
3). website design by Baconoppenheim [http://www.bnop.co/projects/thru-you/], 2009.
"'The Clock' is constructed out of moments in cinema when time is expressed or when a character interacts with a clock, watch or just a particular time of day. Marclay has excerpted thousands of these fragments and edited them so that they flow in real time. While 'The Clock' examines how time, plot and duration are depicted in cinema, the video is also a working timepiece that is synchronised to the local time zone. At any moment, the viewer can look at the work and use it to tell the time. Yet the audience watching 'The Clock' experiences a vast range of narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions at once. Even while 'The Clock' tells the time, it ruptures any sense of chronological coherence."
(White Cube, 2010)
Dino Felluga (Purdue University West Lafayette)
The techniques used by film to make us forget the camera that is really doing the looking. Laura Mulvey argues that there are, in fact, three looks implied by film: 1) the look of the camera itself; 2) the look of the audience watching the film; and 3) the look of the characters on screen. In traditional Hollywood cinema, we are invited (through various tricks of editing, camera angles, etc.) to identify with the look of the male characters so that we will forget the mechanical look of the camera and our own invested look at the screen. As Kaja Silverman explains, "This sleight-of-hand involves attributing to a character within the fiction qualities which in fact belong to the machinery of enunciation: the ability to generate narrative, the omnipotence and coercive gaze, the castrating authority of the law".