tdc549: Hinterland Who’s Who – The Talking Goat

The Daily Create tdc549 for July 10th prompts us to “Redub the audio of a popular YouTube video as though it was a nature documentary.”

50th Anniversary in 2013

50th Anniversary in 2013

I poked around looking for a good Internet meme last night that would also fit into a nature documentary theme, and when I found Goats Talking Like Humans – Super Cut Compilation, I suddenly knew I had to re-dub it as a Hinterland Who’s Who vignette.

DS106 participants north of the border will undoubtably recall these from their childhood as they were produced in the sixties and early seventies but were staple one-minute filler during Saturday morning TV when I was growing up. I even remember spoofs of them on SCTV in the eighties. Hinterland Who’s Who is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year! Cool!

If you are familiar with the originals, then likely the introductory musical theme will be as familiar to you as The Friendly Giant theme Early One Morning or the theme to Mr. Dressup or The Polka-Dot Door. However, finding the theme without a voice over was likely going to be a challenge (I hadn’t found the Hinterland Who’s Who site at that time), so I spent some time re-conjuring up the theme using GarageBand for the iPad (easier to do the keyboard there than on my laptop — my USB keyboard is elsewhere) before exporting it to iTunes in .band format for further editing in the desktop version of Garageband (easier to adjust the timing and length of the track there.)

My version has a bit of a contemporary, spacey-chillout beat to it. 

Once I had a musical soundtrack, I took the source video clip into iMovie, and chopped it up, added titles, and then layered in the Hinterland Who’s Who Reimagined music. Once that was done, I recorded several voice clips in GarageBand, and inserted them (with appropriate, characteristic pauses between them), again in iMovie. After a few last minute adjustments for timing, the video was done!

This was a fun project. All told, it was probably a three hour investment — but some of that time comes from having to re-aquaint myself with a few features in GarageBand and iMovie. Experimenting in creating the audio by ear (and wrestling with the perhaps somewhat bizarre rhythm) was fun late at night and managed to set me off to dreamland.

More regular use of these tools would make the task go more quickly!

A lesson here:the more Art you make, the more comfort you have with the tools, and the easier it becomes to realize your imaginings next time. That, and you imagine even more complex possibilities as your experience develops. So yeah, Parkinson’s Law.