What’s on my mind?
That’s what’s on my mind.
First things first, here’s the new remix release from the upcoming film Penis Envy (I wonder what that could be about?)
This remix is T Rex’s classic Get It On, but maybe a little different to how you’ve ever heard it.
It will be the main song of Penis Envy, and this remix is designed for the footage and story of Penis Envy - so it is quite soundscapish in its construction and feel.
The best way to listen to this song is put on some headphones, turn out the lights, turn up the sound, and close your eyes. Hopefully you will hear all the individual layering of each instrument. More explanation on the technique below.
If you're not interested in the details of the filmmaking project, read no further, and avoid these posts with lots of words in them. Because these posts are about all the things I can’t put into the films because of time constraints. But for anyone interested in the details of the story, these posts will be sort of like watching the director’s commentary on films. Most people don’t, so I get that these posts won’t be for everyone, or even the majority.
For those who are into the story detail, it is mind blowing how much stuff I have to leave out in an average film of 10 mins length. Also very disappointing, because I think that the detail is important to the appreciation of the story.
So my plan has always been to write a book with the full detail of the story, and also the film making techniques – sort of like Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Rebel without a Crew’. A diary about the challenges of low budget, high quality film making in a very controversial market – because there is no guidebook for what we’re doing – and we’re figuring it out as we go on.
If that book is going to happen, I better get started. And since I like doing things in little chunks, you are now reading the book before it’s published, or edited. Kind of like reading a book on Twitter 144 characters at a time, but without the character limitations. And doesn’t everyone want to do that? (this could be the worst idea ever).
But I must do it if I am ever going to capture all the information I want to capture.
So, what we have here is a remix. Audio only.
My belief is that important art should be hated by more people than it is loved – otherwise it is too safe, and too accessible to the general populace. I need at least 60% of people to not like my stuff to feel like I have challenged myself artistically, and as a writer. I apply this rule to remixes too.
I create remixes to be either loved, or hated. It’s as simple as that. Failure for me is no reaction. I fail all the time, but my end goal is to either confront or intrigue the listener/viewer. Failing lots by trying new things all the time is important to being better at doing that.
I believe you should only remix a song on three grounds:
1. You can make it better than the original
2. You can create a different more engaging experience of the song
3. You can make a completely different song from the original song
With that in mind, I’m going to go into the details of the mix of each song when I release it, how it was done, why it was done, and the significance of the song to the story.
Perfection is the enemy of progress. Speed is my preferred state. Because then I get more things out of my head. Doing a film a month doesn't cut it.
I’ll be here until I’m 80. That will either be sad, or disgusting. Either or. I have 5 years. I know that. Nature knows that. Let’s call a spade a spade. I need a way to get production back to at least a film a fortnight, preferably a film a week.
So, this week there will be a flurry of activity. Three remixes to release. Two film clip poem's of significance, and one Missy film – all this has to happen in the next 2 weeks.
Most of this will not be seen on Vimeo. Only the upcoming film Penis Envy will be on Vimeo. Everything else will be on Youtube.
At present, we have 20 films in parallel production. We used to do one, finish, and then do the next one.
If you go to https://missyjubilee.com/members/ you will see the upcoming slate of films and remixes due to be released.
So, back to this remix. Why this song?
1. Get It On. Kinda self-explanatory. Could be the theme song for my life
2. But seriously, this is the first song I linked to sexuality.
3. Marc Bolan scared me. His pants scared me. The growly voice in the song scared me (I was 9 when I first heard it. Lots of things scared me apparently)
4. To me, this was always a dark devil song of dangerous sexuality. And it was the danger that got me interested. What was he singing about?. I didn't understand, but it seemed naughty. Why did he move like that? Why did he look like that? Why was I mesmerised by his delivery of the lyrics? Why did his mouth intrigue me? Who was this dirty sweet girl he sang about. Why did he like her? What did he do with her?
If you’re at all interested, watch the original film clip as a 9 year old girl who is scared and confused by her sexuality and desires. Here’s the clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAtBrsdfnhs
For all these reasons, it became the tent pole song for Penis Envy.
So, what did I do with the remix?
Took the original song, stripped out all the individual instruments as separate layers, remixed each instrument and the vocal track 4 different ways each, resampled everything with fuzz distortion of varying amplitudes, then layered all those individual layers back into a song with 4 other completely different songs, and now it hardly resembles the original construction wise, but hopefully is faithful to its essence of direct restrained dangerous sexuality. With some flourishes. (And who doesn’t like flourishes? Purists. That’s who. But that’s cool. I’m not anti-purist)
Have I succeeded?
As with all art, it is up to the listener.
But it does what I want it to do?. Yes.
And it is right to tell the story of my many many views on penises.
Is there any other song you would use in a film about penises?
Well actually, yes there is.
And that’s tomorrow’s remix release. It is a speed rap song. And it is called Notorious.
Isn’t that just what you expected?
So here's the song again if you read all this before you listened to the song. If you did that, you're my kind of people. Weird.