Funny How

Goodwin, Mitch (2011) Funny How.

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Abstract

Funny How is a construction built around a scene from Martin Scorsese's Good Fellas featuring a tense exchange between performers Joe Pesci (Tommy DevItto) and Ray Liotta (Henry Hill). The narrative explored in the film is often tempered with moments of dark humour which allows the audience to develop a relationship with the central characters that the inherent violence of the film may not otherwise permit. Good Fellas may be a modern parable of organised crime as it enters a new precarious phase of anarchy and mistrust – particularly the dissolving of traditional crime family values – but it also mirrors a wider cynicism for the contemporary experience of established economic and political values at the start of the 1990s. The moment which this construction documents could be read as the flashpoint of these two ideological markers.

Research Statement

Research Background The Funny How composition is an electronic music exploration in the arrangement and layering of sampled beats and pre-recorded loops built around a sample from the film Good Fellas (Scorsese, Warner Brothers, 1990). Using various software tools the aim was to create a strong credible musical arrangement which supported the emotional tone and vocal style of the film's sampled scene.
Research Contribution This represents Goodwin's first exploration of electronic music composition using unfamiliar tools but in a context that echoes the artist's use of non-linear video editing software tools. The essence of the task was to evoke a cinematic feel in a musical context that also fulfills the demands of a conventional music composition.
Research Significance The outcome is a high quality digital audio track that is both emotionally engaging and a dense layering of instrumentation. The artist regards this as a new genre of electronic music: "Electronic Noir". This fulfills a genuine attempt to marry the muscle of heavy blues based rock instrumentation with the gangster genre of film making.
Item ID: 26491
Item Type: Composition (Electronic Music)
Media of Output: Digital Audio (MP3)
Keywords: electronic noir, funny how, remix, sampling, Good Fellas
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This work was exhibited in Dark Euphoria: Unclassified Media at the eMerge Media Space, Townsville from October 2011-March 2012. See the Related URLs link below for more information.

Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 02:58
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190406 Music Composition @ 75%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190203 Electronic Media Art @ 25%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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