Concannon – Buchanan & Goodman – “The Flying Saucer ” – Adam

This was a bizarre “found media” work that I ended up enjoying more than I thought I would. It is considered to be one of the earliest examples of a “mash-up”. and includes clips from 18 different songs. Apparently, it was the subject of much controversy due to copyright lawsuits.

 

There is a radio announcer and a reporter on the ground that seem to ground the piece in a semi-narrative context. He first reports flying saucers invading earth. As the piece progresses, the music chosen seems intertwined with the narrative of the piece. For example, the dialogue of different characters is often represented by a clip of music with specifically chosen lyrics. Other times, the music clips seem to simply be reacting to the story. SPOILER ALERT: Ultimately, the aliens leave and Earth is saved.

 

-Adam

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