Samples chosen in “Moby-Dick” were largely water-related, lyrically or sonically: “Surf Wax America” was netted for the former, “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Home” was harvested for the latter, and “Underwater” was a fine mingling of both. As additional texture, we plunged in drones of Humpback Whales singing; since each song is unique yet repeated identically yearly, it seemed the perfect choice to rub flippers with our loop-based piece.
When asked about Melville’s Moby-Dick, time and again you’re likely to hear people make mention of the rather exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) interlude chapters on the whaling profession that are in the deep of the larger narrative. So, in that spirit, we decided to dive in headlong and adopt a purely informative approach to the visuals, which are a clear goof on VH1’s popular music video series Pop-Up Video. Even the little cartoon factoid bubbles that bob around the perimeter end up befitting the overall maritime theme. With the music torpedoing its own series of messages through the mildly-recognizable samples, the overall piece’s presentation reaches nearly the same level of information overload that Melville’s enormous novel did.
Midnight Oil – “Underwater”
The Flaming Lips – “Waitin’ For A Superman”
Chris Isaak – “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Home” & “Speak Of The Devil”
Dream Syndicate – “Now I Ride Alone”
Weezer – “Surf Wax America”
National Geographic documentary video
Humpback Whales songs
Leonard Nimoy – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Self-sampled – finger snaps, percussion & vox