Log in

No account? Create an account
08 September 2018 @ 12:53 pm
New vid: "The Sound of Silence" (Blade Runner / Blade Runner 2049)  
Of electric sheep.

Length: 4:08
Fandom: Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049
Song/Artist: "The Sound of Silence" by Disturbed
Premiered at VividCon 2018
Here on AO3 / Here on Tumblr


Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence

Thanks for watching!
Nickyobsessive24 on September 10th, 2018 12:54 pm (UTC)
0:14 - love that blink on the note. In general love the use of light flaring or dimming on the piano notes.

Lovely slow-burning structure, taking the time of the entire first verse to immerse into Deckard's memories, then expanding it from 0:52 in that beautiful segue into the neon tunnel, and to K. A really interesting sleep/dream motif there, as though Deckard woke up in K. Then seeing the parallels there of their lives 30 years apart. I can't think of a vid more appropriate for the full circle theme.

1:05 - flickering light on guitars.:D

1:21 - "flash of" Rachael. :D

1:31 - like the sneaky back-to-back shots of Edward James Olmos without even seeing his face in the second origami clip.

1:37 - wonderful dramatic moments of K "realising" he's the child. Especially the motion of him standing up followed by the motion of the hand.

1:42 - the museum piece seguing into our first glimpse of Roy! Masterful. Nice continued motion on that, too.

1:46 - really love that waterfall shot.

2:00 - nice syncing on the piano playing. And love the arms at 2:03, and the little zoom/stop at 2:06.

2:13 - K disturbing the silence. :D

The next segment is the heart of it for me. K and Roy both deciding to save Deckard, the humanity there. I view this bit as them saying these lyrics back to the humans, who in the clips you've chosen elsewhere appear passive and robotic in comparison. More human than human, one argues both in the vid and in the source. Especially the two back-to-back shots in the rain at 2:49, recalling Roy's monologue, and how the idea then flows through to K's holographic girlfriend. It all feels like a silent scream of deep emotion.

(Off topic: the other day I saw printed on a coffee cup "a yawn is a silent scream for coffee." Thought you'd appreciate that. :D )

Then, I think it's important to bring in too, the dangers caused by the technology, the fact that the replicants have to resort to violence in this world they were created into.

3:17 - Rachael to her daughter. Deckard meets his unicorn.

The next part - not sure of your intention, but the way I'm reading it, it's the ultimate representation of what everyone wants, and what you don't get in this world. That circles us back to the unicorn. K wants it but doesn't get it. You hope that Deckard does get that by meeting his daughter, but he ends up waking in the cold and emotionless world of old. Was it all a dream? Do blade runners dream of real unicorns?
bradcpubradcpu on September 11th, 2018 09:32 pm (UTC)
EEEE! It's like Christmas! Christmas, 2009! (Yay for dry paint! Go us!)

This song/source pairing had been stuck in my head for months before I saw the more recent movie. I had decided to vid it with or without the sequel, so I was delighted it seemed to fit well into the idea. Doubt I would have made the vid had the parallels not been so sledgehammery, or everything drawn out in such a visual way. Let's be honest, the visuals here are pure catnip.

The original concept was to slowly expand out from Deckard's dreams to the dreams of the other androids, and the song just seems to beg for that.

I view this bit as them saying these lyrics back to the humans
So do I, so that's reassuring!

2:13 - K disturbing the silence. :D
I knew you would get that. Man, I've missed Nicky feedback.

Do blade runners dream of real unicorns?
Does it even matter if they're real? :)

the other day I saw printed on a coffee cup "a yawn is a silent scream for coffee." Thought you'd appreciate that
You were extremely correct.

It was just lovely to read your thoughts here. Such a gift. I yelped when the email notification showed up.

It would be even more wonderful if there was a new creation from you on the horizon.