The tubes are yours


Well, that’s the first YourTubes done and dusted and I’m delighted with how it panned out, a definite improvement on the old Video View events. Kicking off with a selection of TED talks set the tone for the evening really well. Although they didn’t all work out, with a Bill Gates presentation on malaria getting canned at around 3 minutes, there were some literally jaw dropping moments. The stand out was Harald Haas streaming HD video from a lightbulb…

Having embarrassed one of the audience with his presentation from Bettakultcha it was time to put them properly in the driving seat. There were some outstanding selections here, including Girls Aloud signing duff notes, monkeys with machine guns, x-rated Harry Potter trailers, a re-dubbed version’s of Starwars and a lot of comedy sketches. Amazingly someone chose the Apple Macintosh 1984 advert, the inspiration for my Light Night installation on top of Leeds Uni later in the year. In the end we ran out of time, and internet connection to show them all, but here are a few highlights….


My favourite had to be this ultimate dog tease…


But Fascinating Aida, singing about Dogging came a laugh out loud close second…


As ever, the audience were still making suggestions well after 10pm, when I was meant to be getting into the mix, so I tried to integrate my choices with theirs. Unfortunately the internet wasn’t playing ball and I had to resort to mixing in whatever I could get playing. But there were some kind comments about my mix at the end, so it was probably only me who was frustrated by not being able to get in some of the mashes that I wanted.

I’ll leave you with the video that would have been the opener of my set, had I not had to put it on early to cover for a frustrating spell when the internet went down. I only came across it earlier in the day, one of those serendipitous finds that YouTube specialises in. Here’s Ok Go doing the Muppets theme, along with the googly eyed cast themselves… 




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