• Enough with the words already, let’s dance

    Adam Curtis has a rather wonderful new post on his blog here. It’s about how music can sway our comprehension of either a text or a series of images. In this case, he has collected together from the BBC Archive (over which he appears to have a total dominion, which is a good thing – much rather Adam than some BBC middle management type) a collection of images of people dancing, and applied two different music themes to them. Apart from the fact that I can sadly identify a couple of my late night moves in some of the clips, it’s a really compelling little lesson. We are swayed by music so much, and not always in a good way. I’m always quite disturbed by the anthropomorphic atmospherics that the BBC Nature team often puts on film of animals doing animal-like things. It’s a good reminder for us.