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  • Member: Otohiko
  • Title: Damage
  • Premiered: 2004-06-17
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    • David Sylvian & Robert Fripp Damage
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  • Comments: Greetings.

    Once again, I bring you a dose of something rather odd and probably not outwardly appealing.

    This is a very personal video. This is why I have my doubts about it having value to others. It has a lot of value to me, but I'm simply not sure whether other people will take away the same sort of impressions as me.

    The reason for this is mainly the song, probably the least obvious choice for an AMV. It's definitely one of my favorite songs of all.

    'Damage', by David Sylvian and Robert Fripp, from the live album of the same name (released 1994), serves a brief, somber introduction to the CD.

    A thin layer of soundscape, a few strokes of a keyboard and a couple dozen bass notes are the only things that keep it from being considered 'a capella' (for the less musically-educated - a vocal-only song, with no backing instruments). It's probably best described as 'sad', a floating poem about character failure, loss and mental anguish.

    This presented a very unique challenge - with such a basic accompaniment, while it was easy to find sounds to sync to, it was difficult to get the sync right because of the weight and clarity each single note and vocal line has. It might not be obvious from the result, but this was by far the hardest editing job I've ever done.

    On the one hand, it is an Arima-centric character/romance/drama video, but not really following the series. I'm not sure what to make of it in that context, but you could argue it's a representation of Souichirou's low points in terms of his mood and emotional state. But I think it's really pretty open.

    On the other hand, it is a more abstract video of landscapes, colours and contrasts. The structure of it is somewhat odd, but I think it works well for driving the mood(s) of the video.

    I don't guarantee viewer satisfaction, but be assured that I've put a lot of effort and emotion into this work.

    Thank you.



    David Sylvian and Robert Fripp: Damage (from Damage, 1994)

    Actual length 4:31. In video: 3:33 - final section ommitted except outro.

    Performed live by:
    David Sylvian - Lyrics, Vocals, Keyboard
    Robert Fripp - Soundscape Guitar
    Trey Gunn - Bass


    I found the way
    By the sound of your voice
    So many things to say
    These are only words
    Now I've only words
    Once there was a choice

    Did I give you much?
    Well you gave me things
    You gave me stars to hold
    Songs to sing

    I only want to be loved

    And I hurt and I hurt
    And the damage is done
    You gave me songs to sing
    Shadow and sun
    Earthbound, starblind
    Tied to someone

    Why didn't I stay?
    Why couldn't I?
    So many lives to cross
    Well I just had to leave
    There goes everything

    Can I meet you there?
    God knows the place
    And I'll touch your hair
    Kiss your face

    We only want to be loved
    We only want to be loved

    I only want to be loved

    *Omitted from video*

    [And I hurt and I hurt
    And the damage is done
    You gave me songs to sing
    Shadow and sun
    Earthbound, starblind
    Tied to someone]

    *Note* - Lyrics differ somewhat from the official version, considering some live-performance-related changes. Also, I wrote what I heard and synched to...


    In a few words, this was really editing hell for me - a lot more than I thought would be involved in making this video. Editing, re-editing, re-re-editing, un-re-editing and then editing some more. Followed by smoothing-filter hell as I had to do something to save the footage from looking the way it originally does. That was a big challenge in itself. I obviously had to be very careful choosing scenes, choosing colors, choosing overlays - it was a tough video to make for reasons I already mentioned. But I'm glad it came out as it did and I'm glad I took on this challenge my own mind threw at me.

    Consider this: my average is just over 3 hours of editing per minute of video (keep in mind, I tend to keep clean, simple edits where music sync with just plain scenes is paramount).
    This video took me over 8 hours per minute.


    Space Groove Mk.I:
    Athlon XP 2400+
    80GB HD
    512MB 533MHz DDR RAM
    GeForce FX5200 128MB DDR
    Premiere 6.5

    Thanks again if you've read this far.

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