“Hippies and flower children of the 60’s would always describe one sick beat of any nature as being “Groovy” or “Far out”. We feel the same way. It doesn’t matter if it’s guitar, bass, violin, piano, ukulele, anything! This is the beats that intoxicate our brains, blow our minds, and really send us …well… Far out man.”
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Here is a video I have been meaning to post for awhile but have not had a chance to get to. The name of the song is “The Music Scene” by none other than the infamous DJ Blockhead (Anthony “Tony” Simon) who has worked with the likes of Cape, Hanger 18, and Aesop Rock to produce some of the most tantalizing tracks available. Hunter S. Thompson had Ralph Steadman to aesthetically express his gonzo journalism by putting texts such as the Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into an image form.
In the same sense, Anthony Francisco Schepperd swivels the human psyche within the strands of Blockhead’s music in order to produce a piece of art that leaves one both understanding and completely awed by what is being rendered in front of them, much like Steadman’s portrayal of Gonzo. One writer, HappilyDayzed conceptualizes this work as “An animated mind melt into a post human New York where TV and animals rule.” While I believe that to be an adroit summarizing, I would delve to take one step further in attempting an explanation. Most of the time people use anthropomorphic terminology, a process of putting human characteristics within the confines of animal nature. Consider when people say, “That dog has such a personality, he is very humanistic.” I would venture to say that we exist as animals within an kingdom where our adaptability has made us experts of using ecological niches to their potential. In Schepperd’s video, the television rips and tears away at the human being who falls in folds to the ground after rising up to the top of the animal masses before him. This occasion symbolizes our rise to the top of the food chain just to be enslaved by televised popular culture where our emotions, feelings, aspirations, and beliefs are put on the back burner for the most recent episode of some poorly conceived smut. But that is just one take on it. I will leave you with the words of Willy Wonka, “Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination, take a look and you’ll see into your imagination.”