Trailer for Salad Days a documentary that explores the DC punk scene through a series of interviews with it’s creators.
Salad Days does an amazing job using the interviews of people involved in the punk rock scene to describe the city they lived in during that time. In some ways the techniques used in the documentary reminded me of the “community of memory” we saw in Let the Great World Spin. The film consisted of various clips of interviews of different people involved in different aspects of the punk scene. All of these people’s individual stories converged not from a city phenomena but from an underground scene and a youth movement (i.e. punk rock). In fact, in one scene the filmmakers interviewed and showed pictures of a twelve year old boy who found the punk scene and started taking pictures to create a fanzine called “Metrozine”. This brief section reminded me of the chapter about Fernando in Let the Great World Spin adding to the idea that a small third-party observer of a city can play a role in the larger representation of it. The documentary helped me both solidify the timeline of the punk movement and how people involved in it represented the city. The documentary used visual representations and explanations about crime in DC during the 80s as well as Reagan’s politics to discussed how the punk scene emerged in the midst of and as a counter to this city life.
I liked the use of pictures together with dialogue in this book.
The Piano Motif blog uses an interesting mix of different forms all dedicated to a piano. They use music, videos, pictures, sheets of music, as well as quotes. I particularly like the use of history throughout the blog as historical context. Historical context is a major theme I want to incorporate into my representation.
I’ve always found NPRs work on the web particularly interesting. Upon receiving more feedback last week, I think including some sort of timeline will be particularly important for the success of my final project. I think this musical timeline that includes both text and audio is great precedent to base some ideas off of.
Positive force is yet another documentary about the D.C. punk rock scene. It centers around the political charge of punk bands in the 80s and serves as another great example of how to use video, audio and the DIY mentality of punk rock together to form a meaningful documentary.
I really liked the sound remixes in this form. An important part of my representation will include audio. I like how this podcast clip on crack in DC during the 1980s started with a famous clip by George Bush, incorporated interviews, voiceovers, and sound effects. In a brief six minutes it gives a graphic auditory representation of the city during a dark moment in its history.
I really liked how this website used pictures and music together with one another. I want to utilize the power of pictures of DC during the 80s and want to find a way to link these pictures to music pieces. Thisismyjam does an amazing job archiving the music favorites for hundreds of people, I like the idea of relating DC music to the people involved in the scene, particularly because the punk kids had such a distinct style.
These examples all incorporate different elements I want to work with to make my project an impactful contribution to the D.C. punk rock scene. To make a multimedia project work well I need to make sure I take a deep dive into specific parts of the D.C. punk history. Part of what made these representations great was the fact that they were relatively short but gave a vast amount of specific information to describe one piece of history.
The use of audio in almost all of these examples is great precedent for the work I want to do. I thought Salad days did a particularly good job incorporating punk music into the film without overpowering a film about punk rock with a bunch of loud music. In all of these representations there is a fine balance between interesting information and excess information. A major goal of mine with this project is to give enough information to make my work meaningful but not too much information to make it seem confused and directionless.
Good precedence for blog ideas
I just discovered an entirely new DC Punk archive in the Martin Luther King Jr DCPL. Above is their twitter. (http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=16340)
University of Maryland Fanzine collection.
an interactive mapping project combined with SMS messaging. It ran from 2004-2006, remembering the history of old Punk buildings in DC