Thursday, March 14, 2013

VHS Mixtape

Just caught wind of these two great VHS mix tape's by Smash TV, Skinemax and the sequel Memorex.  A lot of great footage sequenced with 80's beats.

Skinemax is Koyaanisqatsi for a generation raised on late night television and B-Movie VHS tapes.  It's long term entertainment for short attention spans.  A nostalgic look back at a half remembered childhood of the 80's and 90's, Skinemax takes a close look at the culture of that era.  The images that motivated, delighted and terrified us on the silver screen, set up to propulsive modern music that pines for a simpler time.

Skinemax from Smash TV on Vimeo.

Memorex is the advertising industry's collective wet dream.  The sequel to Smash TV's critically acclaimed "Skinemax", Memorex is a 50 minute VJ odyssey, a tribute to an entire generation who grew up with only a TV and a VCR for babysitters.  Sourced from over forty hours of 80's commercials pulled from warped VHS tapes, Memorex is deep exploration of nostalgia and fading cultural values of an era of excess.  It's a re-contextualization of ads - cultural detritus, the lowest of the low into something altogether more profound, humorous and at times even beautiful.

Memorex from Smash TV on Vimeo.

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