Show Me What You Know

If you watch the video, PLEASE be kind enough to leave me very harsh and critical feedback in the comments section. I cannot improve simply by getting feedback from my wife, who obviously thinks that this is a great video (thanks Sweetheart, I love you).

My professor (Joe) has given our class the task of creating a Media Asset that shows him what exactly it is that we know/have learned since the commencement of our graduate studies. I am assuming that he doesn’t really mean “Show me what you know . . . like, everything.” because I know a whole heck of a lot. Not as much as Emily . . . or Libby, or Michael, or Melissa, or Renee, Lisa . . .

Ok I’m going to stop with that list because I’m starting to get the feeling that I don’t really know that much more than anybody else. Anyway . . .

One among the many things I’m paying tens of thousands of dollars for in my graduate studies is the opportunity to have a Gi-nourmous digital playground to experiment in. And in those experiments, I have come across some activities that I particularly enjoy and have chosen to play with more and more. One of those things is creating/editing video, and another is creating/editing music.

Most, if not all of you, know that Michael Jackson was my favorite musician and entertainer. Some of you know that I always wished to take dance lessons and my parents could never afford it, so I finally decided to teach myself and part of that education involved coming home from school and popping in MJ’s videos and practicing for 1-2 hours a day. He has had a huge impact on my style of entertainment and performance, and long story short, I just can’t get over his genius. Besides listening to all of his songs in alphabetical order, I have been way to busy since his death to really delve into all of his contributions to Pop music, so I took this opportunity to do so.

I did not create this music, but I did edit it, in that I put some of my favorite songs of his into one big mix. I did not create these videos, but I did edit them to showcase some of my favorite videos of his. I won’t detail the order of the videos because there are 140 clips. I would like to explain only a few pieces of the music where what I’ve done isn’t obvious. The intro of the song combines the intros to “Is It Scary”, “Thriller”, and “Unbreakable”. I combined VanHalen’s guitar solo in “Beat It” with the chorus so they occur at the same time. At the end of the guitar solo, I brought in Slash’s introduction to “Why You Wanna Trip On Me” but I raised it a half step to put it in tune with the end of “Beat It” and the beginning of “Man in the Mirror.” The rest I think can be discerned by listening. To do this project I used the following programs (among others) in this order:

iTunes, Garageband ’08, Adobe Soundbooth CS4, iPhoto, iMovie ’08, Handbrake, MPEG Streamclip, iMovie HD, and Quicktime Pro.

Sources

Barron, S. (1983). Billie Jean. [Music Video.] Michael Jackson, History on film, volume I. DVD. Sony, 2001.

Chilvers, C. (1988). Smooth criminal. [Music Video.] Michael Jackson, History on film, volume II. DVD. Sony, 1998.

Garret, S. & Ballard, G. (1987). Man in the mirror. Bad. [m4a]. New York: Sony.

Giraldi, B. (1983). Beat it. [Music Video.] Michael Jackson, History on film, volume I. DVD. Sony, 2001.

Jenkins, B. (1995). Carmina burana. [Music Video.] Michael Jackson, History on film, volume I. DVD. Sony, 1998.

Jackson, M. (1991). Who is it. Dangerous. [m4a]. New York: Sony.

Jackson, M. (1987). Another part of me. Bad. [m4a]. New York: Sony.

Jackson, M. (2001). Streetwalker Bad (Special edition). [m4a]. New York: Sony.

Jackson, M., Botrell, B. & Riley, T. (1991). Why you wanna trip on me. Dangerous. [m4a]. New York: Sony.

Jackson, M., Daniels, L., Jerkis III, F., Payne, N., Smith R., & Wallace, C. (2001). Unbreakable. Invincible. [m4a]. New York: Sony.

Jackson, M., Harris III, J. & Lewis, T. (1997). Is it scary. Blood on the dance floor: HIStory in the mix. [m4a]. New York: SBMG.

Jackson, M. & Jackson, J. (1980) Can you feel it. [Recorded by The Jacksons]. Triumph. [m4a]. New York: Epic.

Jackson, M. & Kellog, D. (1992). Jam. [Music Video.] Michael Jackson, Dangerious – The short films. DVD. Sony, 2001.

Jackson, M., Riley, T., Gibson, T. & Henson, J. (2001). 2000 watts. Invincible. [m4a]. New York: Sony.

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Singleton, J. (1987). Remember the time. [Music Video.] Michael Jackson, History on film, volume I. DVD. Sony, 2001.

Peter King usurps limits on congressional power

Official photo from Congressman King's website

Official photo from Congressman King's website

Recently Rep. Peter King (Republican, N.Y.) derided the media attention being given to the death and current affairs of Michael Jackson. King posted a youtube video in which he stated that

For the last, I don’t know how long now, this low-life Michael Jackson, his name, his face, his picture, is all over the newspapers, television, radio. That’s all we hear about is Michael Jackson. Let’s knock out this psycho-babble. This guy was a pervert, a child molestor, he was a pedophile, and to be giving this much coverage to him day in and day out, what’s it say about us as a country?”

What a completely irresponsible politician.  Here is a question for you Rep. King:  What does it say about us as a country, (and you as a congressman) that a man can be acquitted of a crime, yet still be presumed guilty by the fools like you who run this country.  You are a disgrace.  Do you even realize that you are usurping the constitutional limits on congressional powers by contradicting the ruling of a Federal court?  You should be censured by your colleagues, and probably would be if any of them cared about the constitution any more than you do.