What are some music videos that push the relationship between the music and the video?
I find so many music videos, both old and recent, play some imagery or narrative that seems to completely ignore the fact that there's a song playing in the background. Music videos are such fertile ground for pushing the synesthesia between sound and image, but so few seem to really explore it in depth.
Some that I think do it particularly well:
-Most of Chris Cunningham's videos, especially his Aphex Twin videosWindowlicker
(NSFW - long intro sequence) and Come to Daddy
-The Avalanches Frontier Psychiatry
-Michel Gondry's video for The Chemical Brothers Star Guitar
Now, synesthesia need not be purely beat based. For example, I feel like Boards of Canada's Dayvan Cowboy
cuts pretty deeply to the heart of the music - the tonal shifts of the images match the music perfectly, although it isn't as rhythmically matched as the ones mentioned above. I almost never find that performance videos use film in an interesting way, but I think Fionn Regan's Be Good or Be Gone
is a brilliant exception.
Lastly, perhaps my favorite video of the moment, Jarvis Cocker's video for Aphex Twin's On
On reflection, I'm surprised how few of the above videos are animated and/or purely abstract. But, that aside, what are some of your favorite videos that push the sound/image interplay?