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SFF Music Video of the Week - #76

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I am not, as a rule, a fan of metal, but there are some notable exceptions.  There can be no denying, however, that the various metal genres are a rich source of SFF-based music videos. Point in case is this magnificent pastiche of the Sword & Sorcery genre. GoT? Eat your blackened shrivelled heart out in the face of this magnificent video. With no further ado, here is Killswitch Engage and "Holy Diver" from 2006 (covering the song originally recorded by Dio in 1983.)

SFF Music Video of the Week - #75

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Let's leap back to the mid 90's and some synthpop from one of the great bands (and composers) of the 80s and 90s ... and who are still releasing new albums even now. For the video, we get an Oni and a westernised ... something? A small god? A sorcerer? Anyway we get some very silly wire-work, even dodgier magic effects, and a no-contact fight scene. And a rather standoffish romance. It is all gloriously over the top, extremely silly, and still works quite magnificently. Massively appropriating all sorts of culture, but it somehow does not feel mean-spirited in any way.  So here is 1994's "Always" from Erasure. 

Experimenting with solargraphy

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 I've been playing with some alternative photography methods for a few months now, and I've got a can-camera set up in the back yard. It will be ready to hatch in about another nine months. But I wanted to see something sooner, so I picked up some 3.5"x5.5" photographic paper (which perfectly fits a standard drink can), and built another one. This one stayed out for only three days, but the results look very cool! Ilford Mulitgrade IV Glossy, 3 day exposure, edited in Snapseed The bright line at the far left is the sun trail, and there is a reflection of it on the right, but still a very neat effect. The black line is a powerline in front of the house, distorted by the curved paper.  I think I'll put a new one up under our weather station :)

SFF Music Video of the Week - #74

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Late again, I know. It has been a hectic time post-New Year. Today we have a wonderful group of neophyte telekenetics and their friend. The four of them naturally represent the band and the guest singer. Animated by noted cartoonist and animator Jamie McKelvie, the sheer joy of this video is infectious - from playing with a hat, to the popped out toast, everything is an expression of joy.  Some discussions on the song meaning sites interpret this as an end-of-relationship song, but I disagree - especially in the light of video. It is all about embracing abilities and emotions that had been hidden. It is a song of self-empowerment and joy. So take in the 2016 sounds of Chvches, featuring Haley Williams, bringing you "Bury It".

SFF Music Video of the Week - #73

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Back to Canberra to usher in the new year.  This time we have a horde of android dancers(1) under the control of the band. Who might also have designs on a couple of them. Maybe. Or maybe it is two of the androids who have designs on each other.  "We Think You're Dishy", from 2000, by B(if)tek. 1. Which always makes me think of this scene . 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #72

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Merry Christmas! In the true spirit of the season 1 , here is a piece about the ravages of consumerism, with overtones of The Ring. Enjoy "Supermarket Riots" by Lupa J, from 2020.  1 - At least according to the great Tom Lehrer

SFF Music Video of the Week - #71

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An obsessive love song this week, from 2000, from a Belgian band.  Featuring a woman in love with some sort of alien plant thing, and her friends(?) trying to re-establish contact. I'm really not sure what the message is here - the two of them seemed quite happy, but I can see that her obsessive cutting off from the world would make people seek to intervene.   So, for your speculations, here is "Mad About You", by Hooverphonic, from 2000.  

SFF Music Video of the Week - #70

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Woo! 70 weeks in! A cautionary tale about dealing with psionic kids. Or, perhaps, a warning to the same about how you might get treated. And what is with moth-face near the end? I hope we find out soon! Apparently, this is the first part of a trilogy the artist is going to release. Maybe then we will learn more! Martin Baltser, from 2020 (and one of the few good things to come out of this dumpster fire of a year), with "Back Off You". 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #69

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I've had this one sitting in my queue pretty much since day one, and I still don't know what to do with it. Some sort of digital zombie apocalypse or something? There is certainly a lot of backstory that is left unsaid in this video. Which, I suppose, is part of what makes it so compelling.  So, here to spark your speculations is Cat Power's 2012 track Cherokee.  

SFF Music Video of the Week - #68

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I really don't know where to begin with this one! Let's see now. This is possibly one of the most 60's video the 2010's produced. Embracing the alternate meaning of the band's name, we enter a fantasy world of bright primary colours, and people just wanting to make friends, no matter the differences. And that's a fantasy I can really relate to.  Bright, fun, and utterly adorable, I hope you all enjoy the little bit of pure joy that is "No New Friends", by LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo), from 2019. 

Antique photography fun

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 Dating from 1848, cyanotype imaging is the oldest chemical image-making system known. Following a couple of chance events (a sale at an educational supplies store near us, and some YouTube randomness from BoingBoing), I decided to build a cyanotype camera. Some years ago a friend of mine gave me a lens from a TV projector, so that was a starting point. Add to that a black cardboard camera box, a handful of bolts and some gaffa, and in about 30 minutes I had a camera obscura working. Cyanotype paper is a very slow film - in good light the exposure time is around 15-30. Minutes, that is. Not seconds. Developing, on the other hand, takes about 3-4 minutes and only requires water. So, what sort of results come from this? 20 minutes, part cloud. double-trunked pine tree, surrounded by bushes. Garden with wattle. As you can see, the results are not exactly detailed, but there is a very dream-like quality to them. Part of the reason for this is that the process is not sensitive to visible li

SFF Music Video of the Week - #67

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Delerium, the commercially successful spin-off project of Front Line Assembly, has appeared here before. This track is from their 2012 album Music Box Opera . Telling a tale of loss, pain, transformation, and growth, it is really quite inspiring.  Enjoy "Monarch" by Delerium, from 2012.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #66

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There was something of a temptation to keep this one for April, but in the end I decided there were better candidates for that occasion. I really don't have much to say about this, except that the clip is so out of keeping with the song that it becomes almost a pastiche of itself.  Anyway, here is 2004's "Oops... I Did It Again", performed by Britney Spears. 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #65

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Another of the classics - here's a band going the full Alice. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with a bonus of Dave Stewart from Eurythmics, bringing you 1985's "Don't Come Around Here No More". Fun fact - 'Alice' was also the original 'Joanie' in the series pilot for "Happy Days".