Friday, July 24, 2009

It's a Thousand-Year Reich! Uh-Uh-Ohhhh-Ohhhh!
It's a Thousand-Year Reich! Uh-Uh-Ohhhh-Ohhhh!

Don't you hate it when you find a cool Youtube* like the Matlock beat, click the poster's profile and realize you'll never have any idea who that person is? Isn't it worse when it turns out they only have one video? Well, coldstatic, whoever that person happens to be, at least did the internet the courtesy of uploading nine videos, all of popular songs, set to edited footage of Triumph of the Will.

They're hilarious. Each one, by title or tempo manages to capture a perverse insight into the mood of the footage, loathsome though it is. For instance, take Ace of Base's "Beautiful Life," set against the F├╝hrer's trip to Nuremberg, which is filmed almost as if it's a weekend getaway:

If all coldstatic had to offer were just videos, it'd be pretty clever yet at the same time nothing especially heady. But some videos come with funny riffs on political theory and agitprop, like this one from the Fischerspooner "Happy" video that just takes the concept to another fantastic level:
Electronic-Disco rhythm, as a regular repetition, is the purest, the most radical form of the militantly organised rhythmicity of technicist production, and as such the most appropriate means of media manipulation. As an archetypal structural basis of the collective unconscious in a worker mass, it stimulates automatic mechanisma and shapes industrialisation of consciousness, which is necessary in the logic of massive, totalitarian production.
Mock philosophy aside, all the songs are good. I've only seen Triumph of the Will twice, once out of curiosity and once in a college course, so I can't speak to the degree of sophistication in cuts or speeding up the film. But they're all clever enough that it's hard to pick which two are best. The Pixies' "Cecelia Ann," set to a brief military parade, romps like a western horserace scene. Garbage has an almost grooving march feel, and the Elliot Smith song is too hysterical for words.

Still, I think of all of them, the mash-up of Will and Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight Tonight" works best because of the melodramatic strings, the surging sense of breakthrough and achievement, and the fact that Billy Corgan is a total piece of shit.

The world is a vampire.