Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Man, this would've been fun to do...

You know, I don't post enough links here, so let's fix that with the following amazingly fantastic video of what really was going on during the Inauguration bow-synching:

There's so much to enjoy, but I think what really makes it work is how the music goes silent when the video cuts to crowd scenes, a very effective structural device - which means that whoever was directing for NBC that day should get some credit for this composition. Of course, what really makes it work are Yo-Yo Ma's hyperexpressive facial expressions, the intensity of which really didn't make much sense with the John Williams piece we were all hearing - but now that we know what was actually going on, it all makes sense. [Tip to Kyle Gann.]

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