here is a small section of fantastic planet (1973), rené laloux's animated, surrealist, science fiction wonder.
of the thousands of films i have seen, no other even comes close in terms of how much the musical accompaniment changes what you see onscreen. also, no other film i have ever seen is as wide open in what soundtrack/score you can successfully apply to it. it is the most malleable and durable piece of film i can think of for this example. if you have others you can recommend, i would love to see them.
the instructions for today's exercise:
one - play the clip i have provided with the volume muted.
two - provide your own soundtrack/score. i have tried everything from kay starr to erik satie to cannibal corpse, all of them equally effective. each spin of the wheel will make for an entirely new viewing experience.
three - let me know what you tried and how it worked. are they songs that have a particular emotional attachment for you? how much does what you have emotionally invested in a particular piece of music dictate how you view the clip? was there music that just didn't work at all? anything you'd like to tell us about your experiment would be great.
p.s. i am well aware, by the way, of the dark side of the moon/wizard of oz vibe of this whole thing but we're pushing past that. what i want to think about today is how much we depend on art, consciously or subconsciously, and how much the arts depend on, and contextualize, each other. looking forward to hearing about what you find!