No, this post isn’t about comparing pop culture icon Ozzy Osbourne’s career to an out of control carousel ride. It’s an attempt to create a discordant piece of media that both confuses and delights viewers. In reality, it’s a secret assignment that I’ve been wanting to submit to ds106 for a few months, but wanted to wait until an appropriate time to release it upon the internet.
I captured all of the footage at a local family center on the shores of Lake Michigan. Besides the carousel, the center houses a ballroom, a giant digital kaleidoscope, and a hand’s on children’s discovery center. We purchased a family membership to the center last winter in an effort to escape the cabin fever that sets in about mid-January here in Michigan, and we’ve been loving everything about it. So much so that I wanted to create a commercial to help publicize the carousel, but with a twist.
It would have been too easy to simply capture the video complete with band organ wailing away in the background, but I wanted something that would be more eye and ear catching, a discordant piece of media that would get stuck in your head because of the contrasting media involved; video of a bright, colorful children’s carousel mashed up with one of Heavy Metal’s iconic sounds; Ozzy Osbourne. While I realize that may seem strange, as many people have told me the video is a bit “creepy”, but I sort of like it. It creates a dissonance that you normally wouldn’t associate with seeing/hearing in your regular television browsing, but it seems to work nicely for the web.
Beyond the fact that it’s been an interesting experiment, I would love to see more English teachers exploring the role that dissonance plays in literature, media, and how we process the world. Too often we try to find “perfect” pieces of music and visual media to compliment one another, which leads to an overabundance of presentations at conferences and in the classroom of “ahhhhh, how peaceful and wonderful” moments. What if we flipped the idea to produce media that portrayed a perfect balance of two disimilar pieces of media? Not that I’m maintaining mine is perfect by any means, as it certainly isn’t for everyone.