After I watched some videos my friend Syd
to the music of Pink Floyd, I came up with a few little guideposts for
integrating music and video. Some artists (Syd included) already
intuit these, but I thought it was interesting to explore devices for
sound and video compliment one another.
In the text
I use examples from his videos, but the discussion is still easy to
Surprises - Places where
note or effect comes it.
Actualization: quick edit and/or
a "burst" of some sort.
Rhymicity to the beat -
where the music adopts a simple, consistent quarter (or eighth) note
Actualization: Cuts or footage that
to the beat.
Good example: "Any Colour You Like"
two guitars panned hard left/right in stereo -> footage bounces
hippies and screen effects.
Emotion - A shift in
in the music (and most likely the lyrics).
Actualization: Shift in the color
taken either literally or metaphorically here) of the footage.
Good example: When the scream comes
"Careful with that Axe" -> cut to images of human sacrifice.
Following the long notes -
that are key to a melody/solo and are sustained (especially if they
a slide or bend) invoke motion.
Actualization: Camera should pan or
should pass through it, in either case the motion should be steady and
sustained, just like the note.
Good example: The slide guitar on
-> the motion of the whale through the frame, then the motion of the
etc. (Whole sequence works just great!)
Lyrical allusions -
of the song lyrics as they are delivered.
Actualization: Of course, you don't
be too obvious about it, but this can be a cute trip, particularly if
apply it satirically (e.g. superimpose images of recognizable
to lyrics that could be interpreted critically... especially if they
ever intended to be).
Good example: The Lunatic is on the
-> lunatics galore!
And later: The paperboy... -> the