So the past few weeks has been all about establishing a platform that I personally would immerse myself in, and the platform I established is audio as the primary field, and video as a secondary field. I focused a lot more on the audio aspect throughout each blog post but still mentioned video here and there.
So my project proposal would be an audio visual piece which would explore the themes explored in these two dialogues in True Detective by Matthew McConaughey and in Apocalypse Now by Marlon Brando.
The central theme I want to explore is the perspectives of human nature both these characters present is Human Nature
“in that last nanosecond, they saw… what they were. You, yourself, this whole big drama, it was never more than a jerry-rig of presumption and dumb will, and you could just let go. To finally know that you didn’t have to hold on so tight. To realize that all your life – you know, all your love, all your hate, all your memories, all your pain – it was all the same thing. It was all the same dream, a dream that you had inside a locked room, a dream about being a person. And like a lot of dreams, there’s a monster at the end of it.”
The monologue in True Detective delves into everything that makes us human, makes us a person, gives us a purpose, is just an idea or a “the same dream” that just lives inside our minds, and in the end it all becomes nothing. And in the last moment and “last nanosecond” of life we welcome the end, as we realise how easy it is to just let go. It is human nature to believe everything you are and you have will mean something in the end.
“I’ve seen horrors, horrors that you’ve seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that, but you have no right to judge me. It’s impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means.
….Horror. Horror has a face…And you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies.”
“You have to have men who are moral…and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordal instincts to kill without feeling…without passion…without judgement…without judgement. Because it’s judgement that defeats us.”
In this monologue delivered by Marlon Brando, he goes on how you have to make a friend of horror in order to win the war, and it’s how our morality and humanity is what defeats us in the end. How the ideal soldiers are men with morals but with ability to kill without feeling. It is human nature to look the other way from horror, to avoid it, but those who are able to overcome this, and to embrace horror, they are the perfect war machines.
The Audio Visual Piece
The audio piece would be a composition of sounds used to create an atmospheric backdrop to segments of each monologue being sampled. The composition would be both instrumental, with parts being musical and parts being just sound and noise.
The concept is the beginning composition the sound tone is light, with nicely harmonising notes and gradually notes start to be off tone, and bring in introduction of harsher noises, and it climax’s with just a clear sounding note, like a flatline when a person’s heart stops beating. This mirrors both how when you embrace the horror and make it a friend, you are able to be level headed, and in a clear state of mind according to Brando. Also it mirror’s the monologue by McConaughey as the build up of noises would represent all our experiences, and in the end when it becomes nothing, the flatline noise literally represents it.
Influences for this work would be:
This one hour track which too utilises the True Detective analogue captures atmosphere and the sound of horror through mixing music with monologues. Certainly a big influence.