Ruby Thelot From 2012 to 2021, the heyday of YouTube algorithm rabbitholes, if you spent enough time on AutoPlay, you might end up on a 59 minute video whose Kanji-spelt title and tantalizing subtitle “Recommended for you” might lead you to click. The video itself, at first, appears innocuous. White cumulus clouds move slowly as a foreground of green thorny vines obstructs the view. The elements bear a resolution reminiscent of yesteryears. You may recognize the music if you played Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in the late 90s or if, as a late millennial, you played the 2004 reissue on Game Boy Advance. The video falls into a long-standing tradition of videogame soundtracks on YouTube whose moody tonalities may have been missed during the gameplay but whose sonic and harmonic character are made salient when severed from gameplay and presented as standalone works of art.
I once saw a play/devised theater experience -- don't remember where -- which was based off actors reading out loud comments from YouTube gospel music videos. So much ore in the comments sections!
Interesting, I rushed to do it under Nicola Tesla is Croat vs Serbian comments at the doc. showing Rodman on the Nightmare stage by Malnar video.