Two new videos are now available for your viewing pleasure. The first is a 22-second unedited file straight from my Flip camera to you, shot while waiting at Nathan’s in Coney Island last summer. The second is a music video for Tunnel of Love, a 1980 composition that I recorded last year (remixed Feb. 24, 2018), and for which I shot all the video and created several animated sequences. For those of you with modern computers and high-speed internet connections, please click the “watch in high quality” link when you get to the YouTube page (the link is located at the bottom right of the video window).
Details for some of the still images and animations in the Tunnel of Love video are as follows: the tunnel image comes from the Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), a chalet in the German Alps built as a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler; the superimposed semi-circular “tunnel of love” text is extracted from an image of an actual tunnel of love whose location I was unable to determine; the phallic stone turret containing the dancers is part of The Fuerta San Felipe del Morro, constructed in 1539 in Puerto Rico; the animated dancers are based on an image of four Boca Raton salsa dancers, apparently shot at an event for “4over, Inc.” (a wholesale trade printing company whose corporate office is in Glendale, California); the two painting fragments are based on Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” (1931), and Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (1504); and the animated dueling trumpeters are loosely based on images of Miles Davis (from the “Tribute to Jack Johnson” album cover of 1970) and Dizzy Gillespie. By the way, for all you trumpet players, the musical notation accompanying the trumpet solo is an accurate transcription, created on GarageBand based on my midi keyboard improvisation, and transfered to the video by (a) executing a screen capture of the musical notation displayed on GarageBand, (b) cleaning up the image and making the background transparent in PhotoShop, and (c) importing the image into Final Cut Express, where it was motion keyframed in sync with the music.