SHARED FANTASIA
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 written and edited by Baker B.
(last updated 6/10/02; frames version here)


Introduction

by Dave Bytor
(from the "Shared Fantasia" video production)

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to a very unique presentation of Walt Disney’s classic film “Fantasia”.  My name is Dave Bytor and I will be your narrator for the next 2 hours as we indulge in this audio-visual exercise exploring the world of film and music synchronicity.  “What is ‘film and music synchronicity’?” you may ask?  Well, simply put it is the pairing of two seemingly unrelated works of film and music to create an entirely new piece of artistic work…this new work of art is commonly referred to as a “sync”.  Some would argue that this very film we are now watching was the first such "sync," but that’s not really true.  When Walt Disney and his cohorts made the film back in 1940, they created the animation to go along with the musical pieces in Fantasia…whereas a sync generally occurs when the two artistic entities in question have no prior relationship with each other.

The history of film and music synchronicity is interesting.  At some point in the not too distant past (no one knows exactly when), the first “modern day” sync was discovered when someone, somewhere decided to watch “The Wizard Of Oz” while listening to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” album.  This unique discovery made its way into the mainstream collective conscious at some point in the mid-1990’s, reaching its peak of popularity around 1997.  Coinciding with all of this was the advent of widespread internet use, and thus an online subculture of “synchers” sprouted out of this phenomena.  At first the musical focus was directed primarily at the works of Pink Floyd, but by the end of the 90’s a whole host of other bands were being used in synching experiments.  Here in the early part of the 21st century, one can go on the internet and visit no less than a couple dozen websites dedicated to film and music synchronicity.

The people who populate this sync-community come from varied walks of life.  Additionally, many have been able to stretch the boundaries of synching, both from technical and creative standpoints.  With this in mind, some members of this group decided to bring their diversity to the table and collaborate on the work will you see in this presentation.  The plan was simple…the seven segments that comprise “Fantasia” would be randomly assigned to the seven project participants.  Each person would then be given the task of finding the best musical combination for their respective section of the film.  Relying on their creativity and artistic intuition, they could chose whatever band or artist they wanted…or even a combination of different artists if they wished.  The only real steadfast rule was that the participants could not use any pre-existing Fantasia related syncs (and, yes, if you’re wondering, the film has been experimented with before).

The resulting alchemy is an eclectic collaboration that we like to call  “Shared Fantasia”.

So, with the introductory pleasantries out of the way, we are now ready to begin the programme...

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