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Notes about the video
This stop-motion and live-action short starring our dog, Gus, was filmed using a circa 1980 Super 8 camera. All of the animated sequences were edited in camera one frame at a time, or, for the driving sequence, shot in one second bursts.
The animated furball that starts the dream sequence required a collecting a winter's worth of Gus's shed hair.
Some may consider this arrangement of the song a derangement, but the composer, Erik Satie, might appreciate this version. He and others made music using nontraditional instruments ninety years ago. In his excellent Flabby Preludes for a Dog: An Erik Satie Primer,Kenneth Goldsmith writes "his Parade (1917), a collaboration with Jean Cocteau, Picasso, and Serge Diaghilev, rocks and rolls for 20 minutes and was the first classical work to employ a battery of sirens, car horns, typewriters, guns, and blasting percussion."
The lead instrument is a blend of a kestrel falcon and gibbon monkey, punctuated with a reedy goose bark. The snare drum is a composite of burning firewood, a shrike and a crackle of thunder. A lion snarl, a cougar snarl and a wildcat snarl blend to mimic a bass drum. The breathy, screeching trumpet-like three note refrain that ends each verse is a gibbon monkey.
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