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Music videos, video essays
& sketches from 2016 - present.
Strange Humankind - An Ecological History of Humanity
Conceived and commissioned by Save the Humans (@savethehumans.us). Lyrics: Many and strange are the things of this world, But nothings as strange, or quite as absurd As you and I — Humankind — You might have heard: We’re kind of the worst. Is the title deserved? — Human Beings: It’s a quarter million years since we came on the scene; In the past 300, we made some machines And began a new age — the Anthropocene. …Now just how extreme do I have to be To have a whole planet age that’s named after me? Anthropos — human — it’s Greek — I agree: We changed the whole thing by quite a degree… Celsius. — See? — It’s kind of intense — We don’t always make ecological sense: Cuz the things we invent, for survival success, May, in the end, just lead to our deaths! …Yes. … But for now we’re alive, And while we’re all here, we may as well ask why — And how’d we change so much, in so little time — The history of Strange Humankind. We’ve been around 300 thou’, And it all started out au naturale — No horse, no plough; no slave, no master — That’s fire, Wow! — we hunted, and gathered. But nearer to now — 12 millenia tops — Just a little while relative to how long we’ve walked Upon this rock — someone stopped and said Let’s plant crops! And settle in a place, make bread and tend flocks. Bet — why not? But in the course of time, As the hunter-gatherer became the grower of the vine, It brought about changes in their hearts and minds: Your farm’s there; this farm’s mine. Darn — fine. Don’t let it get your goose — They started owning animals — and ownership and use Came to dominate a consciousness that used to keep it loose: For as one lives, so is one’s truth. We changed, we adapted — Our numbers increasing, Our Feeling gave way To Thinking and Reasoning. People of taste — eating with seasoning, Instead of just eating whatever the season brings. I sing how the shift began, As they planted grains in the shifting sand, As the power-grip shifted throughout the lands From animal to human, and from woman to man, From family to clan — and what slipped through the cracks As the way got paved, was the way to get back From the fictions we made to the natural fact Of the Here and the Now. — We became abstract. …That’s that. Home on the range: The world was ours, But the world was changed. And the things of this world Became things of exchange, And the Earth and the Self Which were one, Were estranged. Ah yes. Humans will be humans — Dust unto dust to industrial revolution. The age of mass production and accelerated movement — And it never really ended, cuz we’re kinda still doin it. Throw this one a way, buy myself a new one — Throw myself away — my self is such a nuisance — Find myself a way to disappear into my room and If I need to know what life is like I’ll stay at home and google it. And true, we’ve made progress, And awesome hits, And the laptop software I wrought this with — But we also made an big atomic bomb that hit, And for all time altered all of this. The radiation remains, And in our blood and our brains Are all the particles of polythene in hydrocarbon chains From our plastic bags — And so it’s hardly strange We made a problem as large As climate change. Ahhh, homo sapiens — One part progress, one part sloppiness. I don’t want to descend into soppiness, But sometimes I feel sorry for all of us. Imagine the scene, Ecstatically green — The age when humanity gathers its dream into action — and seeing The rational being Reconnected at last, with a planet that’s clean. This means that we’re not the worst: Your actions do matter, The plan is not cursed – Integrate the new with the way we lived first, And celebrate the work: Save the Humans of the Earth It isn’t just words Or an abstract ‘movement’ – It’s a fact, and a truth That if everyone is doin’ what That can where they’re at, Well then that’s a revolution: A radical reunion of the planet and the human. … So yes it is strange, Being this animal, having this brain – And yet we can change — and may redefine Just what it is to be human: kind.
Patron Appreciation Song
I enjoy one of the rarest possible fortunes a human being can encounter in an economic system such as ours — I get to live off my artistic creations. I’ve been doing this for about a year and a half now — and it would be utterly impossible, and I would make far fewer such creations, if it weren’t for my Patreon patrons. Some of them had been promised a musical shout-out to this effect, in accordance with the reward system I constructed — but I have long failed to make good on this promise. Hence, my conscience impelled me to make a kinda epic multi-part gratitude extravaganza jam where I call out every single patron on my Patreon, in a whole-ass song. Beats by: - Professor L, driven by a sample from Cal Tjader’s Soul Bird https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRhXvCcgCPA - DIENEF HIP-HOP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGoq1GdseKo - Kosma's Beats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8nGq6rU6MM
Reflections on Educational Content Creation - A Video Essay
Many comments appeared in response to the Old School School music video I recently released, a song about redefining Education! In response to some of these, I now present a follow-up essay: Reflections on Educational Content Creation. Since digital and social media play such a large part in that conversations, questions have come up regarding the challenges that attend ‘educational content creation’. In other words — more and more everyone’s learning mad shit on TikTok and IG etc. — but is that a good thing or a bad thing? Or both? Backing music: Glitterati Party by Werner Tautz
Omega Mart Employee Training Video - Complete Course [FULL VIDEO]
Do you know how to Operate with Maximum Efficiency and a Great Attitude? Have you memorized your cone color codes? Good news, you’re well on your way to becoming part of the Omega Mart family. Get a headstart on your bid for employee-of-the-moment with training videos feat. tip-top hip-hop tips from Nate & Hila. They’ll teach you how to tackle "Difficult Spills," soothe "Exceptional Customers," and unwind with a "Micro Break". Take the Omega Oath, today! SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/meowwolf?sub_confirmation=1 Check out Omega Mart https://www.omegamart.com/ Buy tickets here: https://tickets.meowwolf.com/las-vegas/ Video Credits: Starring Cast: Karen: Lava Buckley @lifewithlava Employee in Training: Emily Rankin @eerankin Nate: Nathan Oglesby @NateHila @nateandhila Hilla: Hila Perry @NateHila @nateandhila Supporting Cast: Customer 1: Melanie Harris Customer 2: Don Converse Customer 3: Samantha Kade @samanthakade Manager: Shontez Morris @them0rrisc0de_aka_taz Crew: Directed by: Emily Montoya and Tristan Love Screenplay by: Julianne Aguilar & Benji Geary & Emily Montoya & James Longmire Director of Photography: James Kwan @kwantification Edited by: Alec Brown @RetrosModernLife Original Music by Nathan Oglesby & Hila Perry @nateandhila Narrative Production Manager & Editor: Michael Wilson Executive Producer: Nicolas Gonda Executive Producer: Michael Becker Executive Creative Director MW Las Vegas: Corvas Brinkerhoff @corvas Sr. Creative Producer: Tristan Love @tristanmlove Creative Director Omega Mart: Emily Montoya @emilyamontoya Senior Narrative Creative Director: Joanna Garner @joannabgarner Head of Story: James Longmire @jimmylongmire Producer: Brent Morris @brent.morris Associate Producer: Isabel Zermani @magicisrealism Unit Production Manager: Austin Ross Director of Animation and Post Production: Brad Wolfley @bradwolfley Post Production Manager: Jeni Nelson @miralajeni 3D Animation & VFX: Cynthia Beauclair @littlebigbangstudios 3D Animation & VFX: Ricardo Barros @littlebigbangstudios Graphic Design Director: Lacey Adams Graphic Design Lead: Sydnee Mejia @syd.mejia Sound Design: Jeff Nelson donkeytown studios Production Designer: James Hayes Costume Designer: Erica Frank @ericafrankdesign Production Coordinator: Lava Buckley Operations Manager: Justin Wiemer Executive Admin: Melanie Harris Executive Admin: Victoria House Studio Manager: Michael Warren Accounting Assistant: Otgadhe Whitman-Fox Office Production Assistant: J Keenan Wallace Casting: Kathryn Brink 1st AD : Sam Pool 2nd AD: Jorge Orozco Key Set PA: Scotty Leonard Crafty PA: Aiden Viscara Script Supervisor: Bobbie Sumberg 1st AC: Sydney Metz 2nd AC: Will Tatman Add Camera Op.: James Longmire DIT: Forrest Marsh Still Photographer: Kate Russell Gaffer: Theodore Bott Lighting Console Programmer: Patrick Toohey Key Grip: Michael Warren Dolly Grip: Tobin Espeset Dolly Grip: Jeremiah Phillips Company Grip: Jeremiah Phillips Company Grip: Avery Pelzman Sound Mixer: Andrejs Prokopenko Set Costumer: Kim Trujillo Key Makeup and Hair: Daniel Casillas Makeup and Hair Assistant: Katie Douthit Set Fabricator Jonathon Long (Robot) Set Dresser / Props: Carlos Martinez Set Dresser: Talon Stahmer Art Dept Coordinator: Christine Hayes Set Medic: Jonah Sparks Set Medic: Josh Spinello Filmed on location in the state of New Mexico About Meow Wolf: Meow Wolf is an arts production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. Our work is a combination of jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum, and immersive art exhibit. This unique fusion of art and entertainment gives audiences fictional worlds to explore. Creating immersive art experiences that transport audiences to fantastic realms. #MeowWolf Follow Meow Wolf online: WEBSITE: https://meowwolf.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/meowwolf.sf/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MeowWolf INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/meow__wolf/ Check out Omega Mart WEBSITE: https://www.omegamart.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/omegamartusa/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/omegamart.us TWITTER: https://twitter.com/OmegaMartUSA Meow Wolf https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_EJpcFdOTfnvIA7R4sDHA
Meh...rijuana: Deciding Whether the Time is Right to Smoke Pot
I released this years ago through my duo page Nate and Hila, but I'm consolidating things on this page right now ... and today, April 20th 2022, seemed like an appropriate day to re-upload this one. Shout out to Hila the Killa for her cameos here.
A History of Free Speech | History Rap
Created for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, via Event Rap. Song is available on Spotify (search Nathan Dufour, A History of Free Speech). Full lyrics can be read, and song can be downloaded, at https://nathandufour.bandcamp.com/track/a-history-of-free-speech
Epics and Empires - Epic Poetry Rap | Nathan Dufour
Created for the Transatlantic Forum for Education and Diplomacy, in collaboration with Dr. Ted Leinbaugh. Dr. Ted Leinbaugh teaches his course on Epics & Empires at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: PWAD/CMPL 489, “Empire and Diplomacy.” For more information visit https://tfed.ngo Beat by llouis: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd4MotTJ0FxCQhNgqFVpEOQ
A White Dude's Introduction to Critical Race Theory | Nathan Dufour
Helpful resources and reading: Central collection of essays: https://books.google.com/books/about/Critical_Race_Theory.html?id=p-DInbMLvhgC Derrick Bell's Faces at the Bottom of the Well: https://books.google.com/books/about/Faces_At_The_Bottom_Of_The_Well.html?id=Tyn1BgAAQBAJ Kimberlé Crenshaw Instructor's Guide: https://dokumen.pub/qdownload/kimberle-crenshaw-instructors-guide-free-resources-on-intersectionality-criticial-race-theory-across-disciplines.html Mastered by Tim Boyce (The Sound Design). Shot by Erik Bardin (@ebar.photo)
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Compost (feat. DiorNoel) - A Portrait of the NYC Composting Community
“Compost” is dedicated to the citizens of New York City who make community composting a reality. Save your scraps, and call on NYC to bring back it’s municipal composting program! Stream the single on Spotify: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/nateandhila/compost-feat-dior-noel Buy on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/compost-feat-dior-noel-single/1559765330?uo=4&app=itunes Check of DiorNoel’s GreenFeen Organix: https://greenfeenorganix.com/ Zero-Waste Costumes by Hailey Benson @sexysustainability_ Beat by the great LitKidBeats: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWGfqlVAmeFQ112xsa3278w And if you live in NYC, get involved with one of the community composting organizations featured in this video: - Astoria Pug (Queens) - Big Reuse (Queen) - BK ROT (Brooklyn) - Compost Power (NYC) - Green Feen (Bronx) - Groundcycle (Brooklyn) - LES Ecology Center (Manhattan) - North Brooklyn Compost (Brooklyn) - Red Hook Compost Site (Brooklyn) - Smiling Hogshead Ranch (Queens) - Snug Harbor (Staten Island) - William B. Washington Memorial Garden (Manhattan)
Be a Stoic - Stoicism Rap (prod. chillingcat) | Nathan Dufour
Consider filling out this Philosophy 2021 Questionnaire, to help formulate an upcoming experimental seminar: https://tinyurl.com/philosophy2021questionnaire Commissioned by David Simon, through Event Rap -- order your custom philosophy rap today! https://www.eventrap.com/artist/nathan-dufour/ Spotify pre-save link! https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/nathandufour/be-a-stoic-2 If you want a thorough but very approachable introduction to Ancient Stoicism, check out Stoic Philosophy by John M. Rist.
“Scrolling My Phone” - Phone Addiction Remix of Lil Tjay's "Calling My Phone" | Nathan Dufour
Anyone else feel this way? Does Lil Tjay? Does 6LACK? Recorded this a couple months ago when Calling My Phone came out, and at the time I was feeling rather depressed and pessimistic. I’m not some kind of phone-prohibitionist or anti-technologist, but I do feel perturbed by the monotony of the chemical compulsion to look at it as soon as I wake, and throughout the day. Beat reproduction by Veles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMPuanHMiKI
The Etymology of "Reification"
Suggested by @Dawt Calm. ...Let me know your suggestions for further etymologies! SOURCES: https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=reification In Marxist philosophy: https://www.marxists.org/archive/petrovic/1965/reification.htm MUSIC: [ No Copyright ] Coffee House Jazz | Calm Jazz Music | Relaxing Music | Relax Music Meditation https://youtu.be/5mgYnwhM4eg *This video is for educational purposes. None of the sampled content used is being reproduced for profit, and remains the property of the original owner.*
The Etymology of "Algorithm"
Somebody suggested I do this one, and it was such a good idea -- who was it though? Was it you? Comment and tell me if it was you! Or comment and tell me what word you want etymologized next. SOURCES: General etymological information: https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=algorithm Further historical information: https://ioinformatics.org/journal/v11si_2017_71_74.pdf MUSIC: [ No Copyright ] Coffee House Jazz | Calm Jazz Music | Relaxing Music | Relax Music Meditation https://youtu.be/5mgYnwhM4eg *This video is for educational purposes. None of the sampled content used is being reproduced for profit, and remains the property of the original owner.*
The Etymology of "Compost"
My other project NATE & HILA is dropping a single called compost 4/6/21! Check it out: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/nateandhila/compost-feat-dior-noel https://music.apple.com/us/album/compost-feat-dior-noel-single/1559765330?uo=4&app=itunes SOURCES: General etymological information: Etymonline (https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=g...) History of Compost: https://earthmatter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/History-of-Compost.pdf COMPOST PROJECT FOOTAGE: Hila Perry, Trans Am Cafe, Brooklyn, NY https://vimeo.com/283110251 MUSIC: John Lewis Trio - Love Me (Venice) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoxlR_ssKlY *This video is for educational purposes. None of the sampled content used is being reproduced for profit, and remains the property of the original owner.*
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