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Cyriak and Music

November 16, 2011

Cyriak is the most terrifying man on earth…like Freddy Krueger and RL Stein, he creates nightmares.  I should note right now…these are AMAZING nightmares, based in sound and music and the most unlikely subjects.  Often cute animals.  Cute nightmare animals.  Here is his most recent torment:

Trust me…don’t watch Baaa

I think he’s a genius.  Patterns are something that I obsess over – in music, in film, in life – and he pops the reality bubble with surreal music and visuals that…well, are patterened.

And he doesn’t just create his own beasts.  I keep forgetting that often the best places to look for a music video producer is the internet, or to unlikely creative sources.  Just look at Eric Wareheim and his videos!  Don’t look too long.  And if an Wareheim video looks like it’s taking a term for the horrific, you and you alone can choose to continue to watch.  I take no blame.

One of my favourite songs of 2011 is Hooray For Earth’s ‘True Loves,’ a video I featured earlier in this blog.  Well…Cyriak did a video for a remix of True Loves.  And if you’d like to see how the man who brews nightmare fuel tackles beauty…well…watch…

…I KNOW, RIGHT?  Easily one of the best videos I’ve ever seen.  And then I dug deeper…he’s won an award for his videos!  Not just any award…a UK Music Video Award.  And once again he’s taken his clever (…maybe deranged?) brain, the patterns of life, and blended them perfectly with music to create a kaleidoscopic alternate universe that is (like so many of his other videos) very very familiar:


What have I learned?  Traditional music video producers probably earn too much money.  I’m not dissing them, they totally have their place since the mainstream industry will always need mainstream videos.  I’ve been happy with the slow move to traditional filmmakers and art school videos in the mainstream – Gaga, Brandon Flowers, even Aimee Mann’s ‘Save Me’ video was by PT Anderson – but overall videos are formulaic, and creativity (in the broadcast world) doesn’t mean all that much.

But many of us have known for ages that the true creative force in the world right now is the person with great talent (probably through great practice and great trial and error) who is creating online, producing free content, hopefully getting as much money as humanly possible in this industry…but creating for the LOVE of it.

Cyriak…yes, I’m going to say it…I can TOTALLY feel the love and passion in his videos.  For an artist who wants a clever and engaging music video…he makes a perfect choice.

What I’d love to see…Cyriak tackle something organic…like a Mumford, or a folk act, or a non-synth indie band.  I KNOW that the end product would be something we’ve never seen before.  And I know I’d be rewatching the video over…and over…and over…

In an endless loop…