Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Here It Is, Your Moment of Gems

9 comments:

Mart said...

Thanks. I am terrified of scary movies. I will not get a decent nights sleep for weeks.

Anonymous said...

oh the humanity!

Schwa Love said...

This is brilliant. "The Music of Nightmares" indeed. So many animated production logos, combined with weird synthesizer sounds struck fear in the hearts of many. Hell, even PBS with its side profile face was unsettling, combined with the music that sounds both menacing and depressing.

There are video compilations all over youtube where the words "Scary" "Production" "Logo" and "Childhood" appear:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAFR7_HNQZA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OT4OVqyYKM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C4cZx0bD0Q

Plenty of these logos creeped me out as a child. Perhaps that's why I am in design now. It is a way to control childhood fears. I don't deal with any of the animated logos, mind you... not ready to plunge full on into the pit. I work in static images. Safe immersion.

When frisbee-wielding Ubu came along, it was a breath of fresh air. A picture of a dog, a command from his owner, and the dog's bark. Nice simple. Clean. Friendly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klG9G4BDLtA

One more for the road... a mix of warm glowing warming glow, and possible danger:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEPf9BIf_hM

Rox-Box said...

Not entirely related, but to this day the theme song from "Taxi" still unsettles me.

As a kid I found it downright scary, but now, just somber and depressing.

Chez said...

I had a real problem with those "Please Stand By" or "Technical Difficulties" slates. I think it just creeped me out that a) something had caused a television station's signal to shut down (at least that's how I interpreted it), and b) suddenly everything in the house got uncharacteristically silent.

Schwa Love said...

Chez, you aren't the only one:

http://schwa242.livejournal.com/669878.html?thread=4305590#t4305590

jrm78 said...

The white screen of death at the end of VHS tapes terrified me as a kid. It was the monotone shriek blasted at full volume and that weird shade of white on screen. For a similar reason, the off-the-hook sound from phones bothers me.

kanye said...

Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, it's working, it's working...

How do you know, how do you know?

I saw the last scene... I saw the last scene...

I guess Micky Dolenz was onto something.

Sheriff Bart said...

That S from hell is one funny fella.