Triple Intermedia Haiku
By Jeffrey Daniel Bennett '17
Things seem so unclear,
Stanford University Sanitary Sewer,
Alright, now for the process! I began this with searching for a fitting song that I felt I could work with, but I didn't want to use a song with lyrics because I felt that that would make the message very limited. I added my own text to give it a personal feel. Young the Giant has been one of my favorite bands for years and I again edited the song to fit the 1:00ish minute requirement, avoiding all places with these lyrics. The song has a separate meaning, which is incredible, but I suppose I took a slight tangent. The heartbeat noises were found on my computer iLife libraries and added to the intital "nervousness" that I tried to exemplify near the beginning of the piece. The sirens and crackling of leaves were completely genuine and were not manfactured by the computer.
I then captured my video by riding on a bike while filming (a surpisingly difficult task) and strolling throughout campus. I was trying to find a certain monument or landmark that I could use as my "big moment" focus, and when I drove over the storm sewer, I quite literally halted to a stop and recorded on a whim. It seemed befitting to the piece. While things are not necessarily beautiful all of the time, and indeed scary in the beginning, you don't need to find the impeccable boquet of roses to turn things around. You simply need a simple reminder in something unprofound like a storm sewer that reads off the name of the place that is forming you. The video is shaky and unbalanced, but when I showed it to a few people they thought it really added to the uneasiness of the piece. I also tinkered with the color qualities of the piece to evoke more emotions out of the viewer before and after the "aha" moment.
I then finished the video by creating a string of words that comprise a Haiku and implement the words on the storm drain as well. It is not grammatically correct, nor is it even flowing. But it is a testament to the above explanation. One must find beauty in the unprofound.
The sounds in this piece are what I find most important. The contrasting heartbeat from the beginning and the end illustrate a metanoia that this place has begun to feel more relaxing. But at the same time, one still has to remember that life is still fast paced. Call it whatever you want, but I believe the Duck Syndrome is applicable.