+ Music Video Analysis Kids in Glass Houses – Matters At All By Louise Fisher, Jake Lovelace, Joely Holder and Maria Kakoulli
+ Goodwin’s theory applied to Indie/Indie Rock. William Goodwin identified 7 key ideas that we should look for to identify, he said: 1. Music videos demonstrate genre characteristics (e.g. stage performance in metal video, dance routine for boy/girl band.) 2. There is a relationship between lyrics and visuals. (either illustrative, amplifying and contradicting.) 3. There is a relationship between music and visuals. (either illustrative, amplifying and contradicting.) 4. The demands of the record label will include the need for lots of close ups of the artist and the artist may develop motifs which recur across their work (a visual style.) 5. There is frequent reference to notion of looking (screens within screen, telescopes, etc.) and particularly voyeuristic (sexual) treatment of the female body. 6. There is often intertextual reference (to films, TV programmes, other music videos etc.) 7. Whether the video is primarily performance based, narrative based or concept based and how elements of each is used in it.
+ 2. Relationship between lyrics and visuals. (either illustrative, amplifying and contradicting.) From Goodwin’s theory I can see that there is a slight illustrative relationship between the lyrics and the visuals in the song ‘Matters At All’. For example, the opening lyrics are “Is it so hard to remember, when we go back to September” The on-screen visuals used with these lyrics are obvious that the lead singer is reminiscing over the past, the audience can see this because of a fast motion, reverse edit By using an illustrative and amplifying which portrays events happening in the past. relationship between lyrics and visuals it really Also a close-up of a series of photos is engages the audience because it draws them in used, this is effective in terms of connecting and connects them with the narrative as well as with the lyrics because photographs have allowing the audience to piece together both connotations with memories and the past. visuals and lyrics themselves which makes the song more memorable. The relationship between lyrics and visuals are also amplifying at some points, especially during 1:02 in the music video, the audience can see this when the lyrics say “it matters at all” and a close up, high angle shot is used of a man and woman’s hand touching –this helps to show the audience that all the little events that happened in his life really did ‘matter’.
+ 3. There is a relationship between music and visuals. (either illustrative, amplifying and contradicting.) There is also illustrative relationship between music and visuals, the audience can see this through the relatively slow cutting rhythm which matches the beat of the music well – therefore each compliment each other which makes it pleasant and simple for the audience to watch . The editor of the music video has made cuts whenever there is accented beat in the music which allows the visuals to flow in parallel and simultaneously with the music. It also makes it easier for the audience to focus on the quite complex love storyline rather than focusing on one aspect such as the music. When the lead singer begins to sing the first lines of the song, the lights suddenly turn on which emphasizes the beginning of the song and the lyrics. The fact that the lighting is very dim matches how personal and dark the music is. Each time the camera cuts the frame gets closer to the lead singer’s face until finally a close up is used – the editor has done this on purpose to create a more intimate connection with the audience – making it more personal; this really strengthens the relationship between music and visuals well because the song is a personal love relationship. Throughout the music video several cuts are made from the actual narrative to the band in a dark warehouse playing their instruments, for example at 0:45 – this automatically lets the audience know that this genre of music is Indie rock/Alternative rock. The relationship between the music and visuals engages the audience because both work together simultaneously to create a smooth and easy flowing music video which makes it easier for the audience to watch.
4. The demands of the record label…+Goodwin’s theory states that the record label will include the need for lots of close ups of the artist inorder to introduce the band to the audience.This music video in particular is a good example because lots of close ups are used to create amore intimate relationship with the audience. For example, at the beginning of the music video a close up of the lead singer is used to introduce him to the audience as the lead singer. By using lots of these close ups, the record label are able to easily and successfully sell their image an ‘Indie Rock/Alternative Rock’ boy band. The close ups allow the audience to see the band members who typically follow an indie style with medium length floppy hair, quirky and casual clothing – this helps the record label to immediately sell the band’s image as fans of this genre music will quickly be able to find them. At the beginning of the music video, the first shot used is a long shot of the band in the warehouse beginning to play their instruments – this highlights the importance of the band’s skill in being able to play their own instruments which is a factor that all indie bands follow in order to be successful and play well for live audiences.
5. There is frequent reference to notion of looking…+The Kid’s in Glass Houses music video for ‘Matters At All’