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Mandragora Officinarum



MANDRAGORA OFFICINARUM:  A DISSERTATION
Last Updated:  August 08, 2010 - Added a few more links to awesome people and communities.  Am currently writing Y as you are reading this, so give it a few hours!)


MYTHOS AND STORIES
Someone wrote to me saying "we already knew this was about a mandragora; you haven't discovered anything new",  Correct, we knew since video three, when we got an email signed Mandragora Officinarum, that this was a mythology story about an anthropomorphic mandrake.  This article isn't to 'blow the lid off' the mandragora myth, it is just an article to explain, in some depth, what the myth and storyline behind this video compilation is.  A comprehensive guide, if you will, for those who are interested.  I'm a little sporadic so excuse me if I jump all over the place with this explanation.  Please leave a comment asking any questions, explaining your own theory or even debunking my speculation; I enjoy it!  

One thing I want to say is I am basically only going off the one, main theory of anthropomorphic mandrakes.  I know a lot of cultures have different theories and lore on plant and mandragora people, but I think it's important to try to just stick to one (or as few) as possible, as picking and choosing what you like from different beliefs is probably not the easiest and best way to tell what is what.

+ The Mandragora Mythology
These videos are based on the myth of mandragora as an anthropomorphic figure:  For more information, read about the myth in it's entirety here.  The gist of these video clips are the life of a mandragora plant/human hybrid:   It's conception, it's womb-state, it's birth, it's life after birth, it's coming of age, it's practical use in the world and then the circle repeating it's self.  The animals in each video are nature-element allegories for the video it's self--this was/would have been much more clearer if the original clips had been allowed to stay in the video but they had to take them out due to copyright issues.  However, for context purposes, the artist has been so kind as to leave us the links to what the original animal footage would have been.

+ The Mandrake's Curse
A short telling of the mandragora myth:  According to the legend, the Mandragora is created when the semen of a hanged man hits the dirt below, from whence forth a mandrake grows. 

"Some believed that the most efficacious roots grew under a gallows or where suicides had been buried at crossroads. As to why the most potent mandrakes were supposed to grow under gallows, they were believed to be produced from the semen involuntarily ejaculated by a hanged man."  [cite]

When the root is dug up it screams and kills all who hear it, but a dog's barking can drown out this scream and, while killing the dog, it saves all else who hear it. Some myths involve even tying the mandrake to the dog so that the dog may safely pull the root from the ground without harm to humans.  Literature includes complex directions for harvesting a mandrake root in relative safety:

"The mandrake's curse. After being shown a tasty morsel, a hungry dog is tied to the root of the mandrake. From a safe distance, the hunter throws the food in front of the dog, which lunges forward, uprooting the herb. The dog dies at sunrise and is buried with secret rites.  [cite]"

And also directions for the proper care of a new and growing mandrake human: 

"As soon as it was out of the ground it needed to be cut free from the body of the dog, then washed clean in red wine; after which it was wrapped in a garment of either white or red silk, and placed in a casket. Every Friday at the evening hour it had to be rewashed in red wine, and provided with a new garment at each new moon." [cite]

And of course, the most excellent benefits that come along with owning a Mandrake who works in many was as a Muse works.  Since these are musical videos for a musical artist, there are a lot of reference to musical divinity and such.

"Its happy possessor would henceforth have no enemies, and never again be poor, because a gold coin laid beside the mandrake overnight was sure to become doubled by morning; however, it was not wise to repeat this process too often, for possibly the ‘Little Gallows Man' would suffer fatigue, and might even die."  [cite]

+ Allegorical Animals
For example: in video one, you have footage of a goat in the throes of labor.  In video one, you also have our little mandragora, in the throes of labor, albeit from the baby's point of view.  In video four, you have a carpenter bee, an animal who creats it's nest by drilling holes into trees.  In video four, you also have our mandragora 'nesting' by drilling and fucking up some trees.  Video five, a llama spits at it's aggressors.  Video five, again, mandragora spits at it's aggressors (dogs)--which of course, goes along with the mandragora mythos and their interconnection with black dogs.  I'll get further in depth with the animal connection in my individual video synopsis.

+ Alraune
Some people have pointed out, now that the video compellation is at a 'closing', how the story somewhat mimics the 1928 movie 'Alraune'.  I've seen the movie (huge black and white movie fan here, especially anything surrealist!) and yeah, it's about a mandrake woman who is raised among humans, seduces many men and kills them because 'nature has it's revenge!'  It's pegged as a horror movie but it's a little droll and could maybe seen as a 'Frankenstein Lite' kind of movie.  More than this movie being about a mandrake, the term and idea of a mandrake women is only used as a vehicle for an excuse to make a movie about a femme fatale who kills off her lovers--Probably a very exciting movie to make in the 20s.  Similiarities, especially in the all white tight outfit Alraune wears in the movie--And also the end scene, which you'll see later--but I think the Mandragora videos are going in a slightly different direction.

 


PRELUDE VIDEOS SYNOPSIS
Without ado, video synopsis with my analysis.  As you will see in each video, there is a running theme of duplicated or 'mirrored' images--This makes sense when you know the ending of the story and see that the entire compendium is one big 'circle of life' kind of tale.  So videos one through six run in a linear time line and tell the story of the hard, long birth of a mandrake women.  These videos are short clippets of music only and not entire songs with words--Much the way a child born is rudimentary and unable to talk.  These videos are meant to be rough, creepy, maybe scary, and full of sounds, much the way being new and brought into the world might be.

+ Video One
Video 1 - Billy Goat:   In video one, Mandragora is to be born 'of the earth' of trees and such, and this is shown by anthropomorophisizng the trees in the video via the waving of human arms and legs and, I suspect if you could get a little close, you might even see some blinking eyes!  These trees, they are alive, they have a conscience.  In this world, plants think and therefor they are. 

You have Mandragora in it's dark, watery womb.   You have the goat allegory, which was explained above--a goat is in the throes of labor, Mandragora is in a womb that is in the throes of labor.  It should also be noted in these first few videos, there isn't one Mandragora, there are like six of them in wombs, but we are just following the story of one--the multiple mandragora plants, these are part of the running theme of duplicates, sixes, mirror images.  Perhaps many mandrakes were planted to grow but we will be following the story of the one who is born, taken and used by the humans.  We get some great images in the beginning of a lush, green world.  This is a good place.  This is the natural world.

In Short:  This video exists to establish two things primarily:  That plants can be human and that this is a story of birth and life.


+ Video Two
Video 2 - Barred Owl:   Now you have little mandragora looking up with larg, calf-like eyes at a tree that is leaking milk.  Mandragora licks greedily at the milky substance dripping down what looks like a tree vagina--Sounds gross, but remember it, you will see this symolism again later on.  This could be the semen from whence she was born.  This could be mother's milk.  I think, to a Mandragora, they might be one in the same.  This is sustenance.  Sexuality and life intertwined. 

Our allegorical animal in this video is a Barred Owl, a type of owl who hoots all year around and not just during the mating season.  It could have a bit to do with mating, seeing the elements of semen and wombs, or it could be about hunting and feeding as Mandragora is first doing here.  Maybe a bit of both.

In Short:  This video exists to establish one thing:  This milky white substance is sustenance for the Mandragora.


+ Video Three
Video 3 - Humpback Whale:   Birthday cakes?  You bet!  They are Strawberry Cakes, which is pretty telling since strawberries seem to equal 'seeds' in Mandragora world.  Also, this marks the first inclusion of something 'unnatural' into little Mandragora's world.  She is now being provided with cake as her sustenance, as opposed to the milky white substance we got in the last video.  Looks like the mandrake is being weened of her natural diet and placed onto a more human diet.

In video three we have Mandragora, a new born now, being pulled up in the world of humans.  She swims in the brightness/comfort of her new world until her troubled thrashing shows something is amiss, something is calling her, uprooting her. 

Here, as your allegorical animal, you have video footage of a whale shark feeding and 'singing'--Whale Sharks don't actually sing, the singing is audio of a Humpback Whale, whales that are known to "sing some of the most complex and beautiful songs known" [cite].  Fitting for the birth of our Mandragora who will grow up to, in this story, sing some very complex and beautiful songs.

At the end of the video we hear dogs barking as Mandragora begins to break soil--remember, these would be the black dogs whose barks can drown out the scream a mandrake makes when it is uprooted, as per the standard mythology.  Standard mandragora myth also states that in order to safely uproot a mandrake, the dog who hears it's screams will die.  Keep this in mind when you see the dog in future videos.

In Short:  This video exists to establish one thing:  Mandragora is being pulled unnaturally from her natural habitat.  She is soon to enter a world that is not hers.


+ Video Four
Video 4 - Carpenter Bees:  Mandragora has broken the surface and is chewing/gnawing through trees like a beaver.  Coupled with the video of the allegorical carpenter bees we can presume that this behaviour is to make herself a shelter and/or safe place from the impending dogs of doom.  

We have the visual introduction of the black dogs--they swarm around a house, sniffing, jumping, kinda-sorta looking for her in their own doggy ways.  Keep in mind though that with all the sixes and mirror images you should only consider that there is really only one dog that might matter.  If six mandrakes were planted then six dogs were brought out to capture them. 

We also keep up with the 'mirrored' theme by getting a few shots of one side of her face mirrored, making it look like her face is distorted when it is only really reflected.  No meaning really, just a cool way to integrate the double theme going on.

In Short:  This videos serves to establish to us that Mandragora is officially in the 'human' world and is now being stalked out by the humans via their dogs, ie., 'shit is about to get real' [cite].


+ Video Five
Video 5 - Llama:  Here, Mandragoria finally meets the dogs of her demise.  A black dog sights her, he growls and barks and does angry dog stuff, she hisses, spits at him and eventually yells at him, signing his little doggy death warrant. Little balls/treats are being tossed around everywhere--presumable treats to lead the dog away from the mandrake once it has uprooted and captured she.

Our allegorical animal is a spitting llama--Quite appropriate for this video of an angry Mandrake protecting herself against an attacker. 

At the end, Mandragora is in a hut with her 'strawberries'/seeds. I think the keyword 'roe' in the Keywords List of the video kind of confirms these being seeds.  Fruit grows on real life mandrake plants, they are golden red berries, so there you go.  Fruit = seeds.  Our mandrake is mature and ready to be harvested as she was--this is shown by the strawberries/seeds 'growing' on our Mandragora.  And so Mandragora has been pulled up and placed into what I call 'The Greenhouse', or the house we saw a video earlier.

In Short:  This video serves to show us the capturing, or 'harvesting' as the term may be, of the mandrake woman.


+ Video Six
Video 6 - Chimpanzees:  Welcome!  A  grouping of hanging sticks tells us.  And what better way to greet a creature of nature to her new home than to try and create a welcome her with items from her own natural habitat.  Much like a child will put sticks and twigs into a jar full of capture fireflies to make them feel at home, the humans have used bits of nature to create a greeting sign for our newly harvested mandrake.  Mandragora is in the Greenhouse now, being tended to and looked after by dark human figures in the background.
We see some shots of trees in the snow, a last reminder of the natural world that Mandragora is now being forced to leave behind.  Those pesky mandrake hunting dogs are dead by sunrise and ritually buried--as the mandragora mythology suggests they should be [cite].

In the final shots, Mandragora evolves and blossoms into what is very obviously a full fledged mandrake woman.  She is now Mandragora Officinarum.  Then she tells us, 'Why?', but it is not 'why', it is Y.  This marks the ending of the Prelude videos.

Our allegorical animal videos is a shot of growing chimps freaking the fuck out because they are locked in a cage, much like Mandragora is trapped in this greenhouse by the same people who would lock chimps up--humans.

In Short:  Mandragora is mandragora.  She is she.  She is capture and owned by the humans now.  You have all the videos now that lead up to where he life currently is, which will begin in the next set of seven videos.




STORY ARC VIDEOS SYNOPSIS
Now begins the story of Mandragora Officinarum.  We have been given enough information in the prologue videos to understand how a mandrake human is created, how they survive and maintain themselves, how they are captured and that they are captured and held against their will.  We have seen that we will be following the story of this individual mandrake woman in her life post-harvest.

Each video in the story article has a link on it's video page to an 'allegorical' video.  You can watch this video and get an idea of the message that the Iamamiwhoami video is trying to get across.  In each passage below, I will first discuss the original video storyline and symbolism, then the allegorical linked video, then a short note on what you should take away from this video to understand the future videos and lastly, the lyrics to the song included in the video.

+ Video One:  B
Video 1 - b:  First we see a cradle with a mobile hanging over it.  The mobile is made of balsa wood sticks and hair--Things natural to the Mandragora and her world.  Much as the Welcome! sign was a human made sign in the guise of the mandrake's habitat, so is this cradle a man-made apparatus in the guise of the natural world.  Could a baby be in the future?  We certainly know she is mature and fertile, as shown by the seeds she has in the last prologue video.

A room full of older, studious looking men, three it looks.  Mandrake mythos tells us that the plant-people are halluncinogenic, poisonous--only this is a video compilation about music and so instead of visual hallucinigens, Mandragora begins to play her piano and puts out a sort of aural Stendhal Syndrome (a psychosematic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place [cite] ) via music.  In a regular mandrake myth story, the mandrake would bring joyful hallucinogens and mountains of gold to it's humans but again--This is a music artist and this is about music.  The reward these humans are given is amazing sound.

And so one of the gentelem flips an hourglass as a measure of time, because you only have so much time to enjoy the music before you've Stendal'd yourself to death, if you get what I mean [cite] .  The men then sit back and, in a sort of ecstacy, enjoy the music that Mandragora plays for them--first on her piano and then seemingly of the air with only her hands.  She certainly is a magical creature!  Their eyes roll back in their heads and their faces seem to bend and distort, all a part of the hallucinigenic properties of the mandrake woman and her beautiful music--Hey, even the cat is purring in happiness by the end of her song!

Mandragora is wrapped in plastic.  She is being preserved the way you preserve a nice couch with plastic wrap or an expensive car with a soft tarp.  She is an item of expense and importance to these men and she is treated as such.

Throughout the video, we see a cat.  The cat is a symbol to suggest domesicity.  Man owns a housecat; man owns a mandragora.  It's one in the same--go figure!  Man owns all the things that men should owns; cats, cars, women, mandragoras.  Symbolisms of patriarchy and male privledge.  Throughout these story videos, the cat will utter the animal sounds of the Prelude Videos.  Gentle reminders that there was once nature and that nature is always on the backburner of Mandragora's mind.

Allegorical Video:  On this video's page, we are linked to a clip of a toddler pageant princess, performing in all her Barbie-esque beauty to Britney Spears' song Circus--a song about a woman being nothing more than something to entertain the masses and be stared at.  Like this child, Mandragora is new to the world and has been dolled up and set out to perform for the elder humans.  This connection should be pretty self explanatory.

In Short:  These men have uprooted and harvested the mandrake woman who has the ability to produce hallucinations and 'highs' (or, in the terms of art, which these vidoes are, the ability to induce a Stendhal Syndrome-esque episode) and they now keeps her for their entertainment and viewing pleasure.  Also, a natural-esque baby cradle is being prepared.

B - Lyrics
There it was, the land of decay
We should pack our things and run away
Rest in the quicksand
Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand
Sink slowly now, take flight
Let silence take this empty light
Take a deep breath as we go, as we go

Wanting higher
Wanting higher up
Wanting higher
Until the moon forces us to climb back down
I'd rather see the both of us drown

With a harsh, unpleasant hello
The paranoia I've learned to live with although
I will never shake what's there behind
Your songs are still playing in my mind
All the white only turns to blue
Look after me and I'll look after you
Take a deep breath as we go, as we go



+ Video Two:  O

Video 2 - o:  An opening shot of a tree.  One tree to sate a need but I'm sure Mandragora misses the entire forest.  The scene shifts to night time in Greenhouse section of the house where Mandragora is potted in soil up to her ankles like the plant she is.  She is covered in plastic again, a treasure being kept safe and out of use through the night and, again like a tomato plant or something, she is held up right by a long stake and garden twine.  Many other plants surround her, most likely to let you know this a grow house--this is where the mandrake woman is kept.  The plants have eyes that blink out at the viewer because again, in Mandragora's world, the boundary is blurred between plants and humans.

But in the night, even in her protective covering, Mandragora is still a living creature and she comes to life and begins to do what is natural to her--making music and singing.  She eventually frees herself from her plastic wrapping and garden twine and becomes free.  The grow lights come on and we see she is wearing a cone about her neck--Both as symbolism as a collar (domesticity) and also for practical use as a way of catching the liquid that hangs above her to keep her 'watered'.

We see her longing for the water above--a very small amount!--and probably also for real sunlight and not just the gorw lights.  These are things she misses and needs of her real world but are given to her in fake techno-forms by the humans.  It's just not the same!  Mandragora's hair is perfectly coifed, her eyelashes are combed, she has been scrubbed and bleached clean--the humans are certainly taking good care of their new prized possession.

In the end, Mandragora has freed herself and taken herself out of her pot.  She has taken off her collar and hanged it on a tree and gives us that look that says 'peace out, bitches'.  Many people say she is 'escaping', but I don't think she is escaping so much as she is just curious and looking to get out and walk around and see the world, perhaps the way a cat does when it runs out your front door.  In it's mind, it doesn't know it's fleeing imprisonment and human conditions, it just has that call of nature and wants to explore and see what is out there.  It wants more.

I think the shot at the end--with the tree having the 'berries'/seeds tied to it by her hair, the watering glass above it and the collar around it's trunk is very cute.  Perhaps she thought she could trick the humans into thinking that was here why she went off on her merry way.

Allegorical Video:  Cars and women.  All the plush prime things than men think they should own, just like cats and music boxes.  Mandragora is an item, a object and objectified as much as the cars and women in this video are.  She is built for performance and beauty.  She is covered in plastic the way a man covers is favorite car.  She is dolled up in lingerie and curled hair, the way a man wants his woman done up.  This video, and the O video it's self, are videos about objectification.  Mandragora is a living being, not an item to be used and owned.

In Short:  Mandragora is not pleased by the faux-habitat the humans have set up for her and so she frees herself and makes her way back out into the surrounding world.  But even the surrounding world--ran by humans and all--might not be as she hopes it is...

O - Lyrics
I thought I felt a spark
Thought I saw a flame
When something changed in you
Who took the blame?
My plan was foolproof
As I became
A fortress of your heart

Love - The kind that kills and scars
And make you kneel and crawl
To hell and back
The words that slit your throat
And make you think of love
As the new black
As what you lack

The sound of letting go
The sight of you
That we all set aside
When the world was new
Under the full moon
Only endless rain
An absence of your heart

Love
The kind that kills and scars
And make you kneel and crawl
To hell and back
The words that slit your throat
And make you think of love
As the new black
As what you lack


Video Three:  U-1
Video 3 - u-1
Videos U-1 and U-2 can be counted as one entire video split into two parts.  Video U-1 would obviously be part one.  In this video we are introduced to what Youtube users collectively call "Underpants Man" but, for the purposes of this article, we're going to just call him the Prince.  The Prince gets a bad rap as a perverted, hyper-sexualized man but it'd hard to tell if that is actually his personality or if this is who he is under the effects of the Mandragora--We know that she certainly has a way of making every man she meets falls head over heels crazy for her. 

The Prince character is to be the chosen mate for Mandragora.  he is shown in only his underwear and socks--Presumably to make him as close to 'natural' as possible so that the Mandragora will be more likely to be attracted to him.  Occasionally he wears a beard and bushy eyebrows made out of scraps of paper and tape, I assume because he is trying to make himself look more like a man for his bride, other than the young fellow he actually is.  He wants to sell him self as a king, a real man's man, but he is only young--and probably slightly mandrake crazed--fellow, just as self conscience and unsure about himself as any of us are.

In the video he is searching through the woods, looking for the Mandragora and drawn to her by her song.  He eventually comes to a house made of carboard boxes and approaches it.

We also see scenes of the young Prince holding on to and gently caressing a mandrake puppet made to look like our Mandragora.  Some people have suggested that the mandrake woman turned into this puppet--No!  Bad!  It is just a puppet made in her image and used by the young Prince as a fetish tool, the way men in our world will use a blow up doll as an object-women to derive sexual pleasure from.  He is kind to the doll, he treats it sweetly because this s what the stereotype of men do--they White Knight a woman in an attempt to woo her.  He is practicing his courting on this doll.  He even goes so far as to make an advance towards the doll and then have the doll refute said advance.  He gets sexual pleasure from that refusal;  he wants a woman who is virginal and new (as stereotypical men generally do) and so it arouses him to have his doll shy away from his advances.

In Short:  A human male is introduced as the counterpart to our mandrake female.  He is shown to have sexual attraction towards her even though he has yet to meet her--hearing her song may be enough to raise his lust.  He has a Mandragora doll he has been give/has made himself so that he can play 'grown-ups' with it, the way little kids will sometimes mash their dolls together to imagine experiment with the idea of sexual experiences.

U-1 - Lyrics
You gave me life
In return I'll just pretend
You watched it burn
In the trees of the autumn
In the shield of the old town
We would build it back down

You gave me life
We would build it back down
In the trees of the autumn
In the shield of the old town
We would build it back down



Video Four:  U-2
Video 4 - u-2
 Our little Prince is busting into a house made of cardboard boxes and carpeted with packing peanuts.  Don't be fooled by the materials; this isn't human made--It's a bit of a trap house set and created by Mandragora.  The humans have tried, in their foolish ineptitude, to mimic her natural habitat for her by building her a home of balsa wood, surrounding her with house trees, potting her in dirt and giving her dripping glasses of water to drink.  But none of these things quit compare to the REAL habitat, as any zoologist knows, and so Mandragora fled.

But all Mandragora knows of the world is what she has learned from the humans and so she saw they set her up a home of her habitat to trap her and in return, she has built a home to capture her own human, made of materials that she thinks are natural to the human race:  Cardboard boxes, packing peanuts, plastic water bottles.  All things artificial, as humans are so apt to do,  And so our Prince fumbles into the mock house and is just as confused by it as Mandragora was by the mock Greenhouse she was imprisoned in. 

He fumbles through the hallways, led forward through the sound of the mandrake woman's haunting, lilting voice until he eventually finds and falls into a room that is empty save for one bottle of water.  The Mandragora's 'Stendhal Syndrome'-esque music kicks in (Remember!  Humans can't listen to that music for longer than an hourglass's time worth!) and he is forced to dance--or, 'perform'--for his water, much as the Mandragora was.  His arms raise towards the sky in mimicry.

Cut with this are scenes of the little Prince in his house with his mandrake doll.  He is overtly sexual with the doll (I need an adult!) and ravages her against the wall, on the floor, on top of him--Like a male puppy humping a stuffed animal.  He is again acting out and practicing his lust with his play thing.

Finally, as the music ends, we get shots of boxes flying out of the box home, presumably the Prince is a little pissed off and just wrecking shop in there.  Mandragora is not in the box house.  She is not there for the Prince to take posession of.  I'm sorry Mario but your princess is in another castle!

Allegorical Video:  It has since been removed due to copyright violations, but the original linked video was a ten minute clip from the Tyra Banks show featuring a group of young men and women who claimed they would do absolutely whatever it takes to achieve fame.  The end of the clip introduces Spencer and Heidi, of The Hills fame, who come on and talk about how they also would do anything for fame and how these young fame-hungry individuals can do things to garner some form of celebrity status.  The connection to the U-2 video is that in our video, the Prince will do whatever it takes to have his woman, have his time in spotlight, have his riches and have his attention.  On Tyra's show, these people want so badly to be famous that they 'play' famous in their real lives.  In U-2, our underpants man wants so badly to be a King, a man, that he 'plays' at being the man with his doll.

In Short:  The Prince searches in vain for his Mandragora Princess who only taunts him by setting traps and tricks up before him.  He wants her but she will not be his.

U-2 - Lyrics
You can't be mine



Video Five:  N
Video 5 - n:
  Video starts out with the return of a Mandragora hunting black dog, out and about in the forest, searching.

Our Mandragora is laid out on a table and garnished with foods--Symbolisim that she is soon to be 'used', devoured in a sense.  Her main purposes is coming.  Everyone wants and will have a piece of her but still she is preserved and kept fresh in her aluminum caccoon-like wrapping.

Some pretty shots of our Madragora roaming the forest, halfway in her 'natural' state (as shown by the black 'mud/bark' that covers parts of her).  Some more shots of glasses full of the milky white substance sitting all around the forest, perhaps as bait to help capture the Mandragora--remember in Prologue Video 2, she was seen licking this substance off of the tree she was birthed below.  

Another lesser idea one might have is that this is the semen collected from the Prince's interaction with his doll, as mandrake mythos tells us that the semen needed to raise a Mandragora is either the semen of a hanged man or the semen of a son of thieves and if he is the son of the men in the initial room he would certainly be a son of thieves!  And these cups of semen are laid out to attempt to harvest more mandrake people.  I don't agree with this theory, but there it is.

We see her hold out glasses of water--the ever life-bringing water she lusts after always!--and then panned shots of paper, our black cat, a cardboard box, an irrigation system running along the walls.  All symbolisms of themes past.  Here is a mirror and in the mirror we see not the reflection of the mandrake women, but a reflection of a child.  Some foreshadowing!

In the end we see our Prince covered in plastic bottles, perhaps his attempt to show his Mandragora crush that he is willing to be and to give her all the water she so desires and could dream of.  The black dog follows before him, perhaps to help lead him to her.

Allegorical Video:  A brief news clip about Bling H2O water which is basically filtered spring water in an extremely expensive bottle encrusted in crystals.  Owning this 'celebrity' water seems to be a sign of prosperity and wealth, as many people attest to in the interviews, and a few men explain how they buy it just to look good to the women they wish to impress.  The connection is clear here:  Prince wants to impress his mandrake love and so he completely covers himself in as much water as possible.

In Short:  The Prince is on the hunt for his Mandragora love and is pulling out all the stops--as much water and milky fluid (the sustenances she loves!) as he can possible carry and set out.  He is a man on a mission!

N - Lyrics
Dress the part
It's storytelling time

Sharpen your knives
Watering mouths
Clean your plates for some tender I

Tell me how the story ends now

Come home, come see our place
Our labyrinth to keep hiding
We push the boundaries
So the rules are bent
Just in time

Come wallow in my sorrow
Breathe your air into my lungs
What hides in my shadow?
My worst fear is real life
Tell me how the story ends now 


 
Video Six:  T
Video 6 - t In this video the cat is gone now--We are completely back into Mandragora's natural world where domestic housecats do not exist.  She is standing knee deep in a great amount of water.  How excellent she must feel!  She needs not rely on bottles or glasses, she has all the water she needs right here in her habitat at her feet!  To Mandragora, this is how it should be.

In this video, we do not see her scurbbed clean and white as when the humans have her.  Nor do we see her black and dirty as when she is in her wild state.  We see her only as a human because we are meant to watch this video from her point of view and from her point of view she does not look strange at all.  She looks normals and she looks natural.  She does not see herself as black or white; that is only the way that we can percieve her.  She sees herself as she is.  She is she.

She is in nature, has all the water and trees and natural things she wants and in this state she feels like a queen, as symbolized by the crown she materialized and places upon her own head.  Soon she finds herself, almost against her will or to her surprise, walking jerkingly back in the woods from whence she came.  In the trees, she feels herself, touches her mouth, revels in the knowledge that she is she and she exists.  She is a living part of the world and to symbolize that world she materialized a ball (yet keep in mind all of these items are still made of human-created foil:  She may be in her world, but she has been touched by humans and that cannot be washed away).

She comes deeper into the forest where she dances and revels in her Queenliness until she materializes a scepter, symbolising her power.  Her set complete, she marches around her world, her territory.

We see some shots of her posing on top of an Escalade made of foil, more symbology of the human aspects that has touched and infected her.  She's playing human.  In the end, she dips and is pulled under the ocean, losing her foil objects.

Allegorical Video:  The video here is of a very young evangelical preacher arguing about creationism and evolution and about how creationism may or may not be incestous because of Adam and Eve?  And that evolution teaches we are evolved from monkeys and that is evil?  My Spanish is pretty poor so I can't really analyze this video in conjunction with the 'T' video but if anyone reading this can translate it and give me an overview I'd be happy to put down my thoughts here.  Sorry!

In Short:  Mandragora has a taste of what her world is and what it means to her.  She is who she is and it does not have to be defined by where she is but by the actions she takes.

T - Lyrics
Above this world, now back again
Millions of years, where it all began
And there's a halt
For the savior who had the purest of heart
Let this be with you soon

There's a new world laid at your feet
We build an army from nothing
We raise our children to the beat
Of this comforting, bonding love

Before the dark
Sought against our ways and means
We're now against our own uphold, 'til we find a cure
And another path into the deepest hole

Behind the insecurities
There is wall of assurance
She is her own worst enemy
She fights her battles for no one

You walked my life, you took it back
We made you sing, now turn the clock
There's a was or a something new
Throw my body at the stars
Where the angels look

Let us sing here for a new beginning
You know by now
Water fills her lungs and she's inhaling
You feel that now
Underneath the stars her body's sinking
You know by now
The air is silent, not a sound



Video Seven:  Y
Video 7- y
 For this entry, we're going to start with a synopsis on the allegorical video presented to us because my ideas of Y are based on that video and what it contains.  So with that said...

Allegorical Video:  We've gone from the insane, young Heidi and Spencer to a beautiful video of Prince Daniels speech to Crown Princess of Sweden, Victoria, during their wedding.  The speech starts off--and I'll try to put it as shortly as possible--telling of how the Crown Princess, during a trip to China,  preemptively wrote a love letter to the Prince every day that she would be gone and how this proved to him the loving and nurturing nature of her heart.  He then goes on to say how before he met Victoria he was not a frog--as the Grimm fairy tale suggests--but he was certainly not a prince yet and that while her kiss alone had not changed that, the support of the wise king and queen he and his princess with a gentle hand, 'generously sharing all their experience'.

At the time of the wedding, Prince Daniels was heavily as many Swedes' hearts finally opened to him after this emotional and unscripted speech.  A former royal family press secretary was qouted as saying, “It shows that he is really capable of being prince of Sweden - there can no longer be any doubt that he is up to the task.”  [cite]

So with all of that in mind, and the feeling an event like that might evoke in one, we go on to the actual video.

Synopsis:

In Short:

Y- Lyrics
Little hope, little home of heavenly
Come and save us from this ugly truth
Little hope, sprung from necessity
May all good things in life come to you

Little ghost, so innocent and carefree
They would never stop hunting you
Little voice, life got the best of me
And in time that's what awaits you too

Little hope, sing a song of fire
I don't know how to be just like that
Little hope, sing a song of fire

Little hope, and the song is silent
With your mind, you dream of life now
Little hope, sing a song of fire

I've seen the truth and it's nothing like you said
I've seen the picture of a perfect world
Now you can touch the air around my cover
So many questions, so many things unsaid




 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Hey, feel free to send me in your theories and questions or even debunk anything I have here!  I'm always looking to expand this compendium for the sake of anyone who enjoys reading about these things as much as I do!  Below I will to post and answer a few questions I have had mailed to me.

Q:  "This is the first attempt by someone to bring the animals into the equation, but it leaves a lot to be desired, doesn't it?  For example: (1) a thousand animals make nests; why pick the 'carpenter bee' to symbolise nesting? 
A:  Carpenter bees, because carpenters bees make their nests by drilling holes into trees.  I explained this above but I assume the person asking overlooked it.  This is vital to how the Mandragora lives--among the trees and from the trees themselves.  They could have shown any animal that builds a nests or a dam like a beaver, sure, but the allegory isn't a creatute that nests, the allegory is a creature that creates a home by the byproduct of wood it's self. 

Q:  "And millions of anymals outer love-cries, why bring the owl as the symbol of it?"
A:  Millions of 'anymals' do 'outer' (?) love-cries but the owl is vital because it is a creature who, again, lives in trees--in the thick of the forest.  In Roman mythology, to hear the hoot of an owl meant that there would soon be a death.  In other words, kiss your asses goodbye doggies and other unfortunate critters or humans along the way!  Also, as stated above, this isnt an owl who hoots only as a 'love-cry', this is a species of owl that hoots all year around.  We don't really know if the hooting symbolises a mating ritual or a hunting ritual or both or something else.

Q:  Not only they are not the most obvious symbols of the things they symbolise (suposedly); but also they would make much moe sense as symbols for other things. The bee: spring, awakeness, fertility. The owl: wisdom, gate keeper, night, hunter, etc."
A:    This sentence is a mess but I think what they are saying is that my symbology makes too much sense--it's too simple--for it to be correct.  And to that I say if you think it's more complicated, you are looking too hard.  Symbology means something equals something else--it isn't a mystery, it's a symbol.  Occam's Razor and all that.
 




PERSONAL NOTES ON MUSICAL/VISUAL TASTE
I love the music and I'm happy I love the music.  It would suck to be this invested in these videos only for her to start serenading me with Justin Beiber covers.  I know who the artist is, I suppose most of you do at this point also, but I don't really care; as I've said the artist is who the artist is.  Who you see in the videos and hear in the songs, THOSE are the creators behind it all.  That is who is singing.  That is who is in the videos.  Does a name give you any more insight than a visual or a sound?  Does it affect you response the the viral campaign if it's not by a pre-packaged 'image' a la Lady Gaga or Christian Aguilera?

It shouldn't.  This music is coming to you fresh, standing on it's own with the video visuals.  It allows for aural, visual and mental enjoyment and on top of that, it has created a fascinating and enjoyable community around it.  It doesn not have the weight of a pre-packaged image behind it, it is standing on it's own.  If it had been Christina or Gaga or The Knife, then their fans would say 'We like this because it is them", because they are already sold on the image.  But with Iamamiwhoami, it is what it is and you have decide on based on the merits given to you if you like it or not.  You don't have much to go by, you're asked to trust your visual and aural senses and if it appeals to you, then you've a great new piece of art to be excited about!


THANKS TO YOU
+  Big thank yous to Anthony (GM4GBWM) @ Youtube for getting me the files I needed!  Much appreciated!
+  More thank yous to Culex for the information on bugs and stuff.  Very ew but very needed!
+  Livejournal users yssim999, [info]benjersthefishand woodenvagina  for their continued theories and letting me shoot ideas back and forth with them!

LINK BACKS
My way of saying thank you to everyone who linked to me and gave me traffic and some internet attention, haha.  I appreciate all the awesome discussion the popularity of this article has brought me!  Also, some awesome articles written by other purveyors of the Bounty arts!
B.O.U1.U2.N.T.Y > Tumblr Community
Deltagoodrem > Forums
Forsaken Order > Experience This
Iambounty > LJ Community
Ohnotheydidnt > O Viral Video
Pop Justice > General Discussion
The Cardboard Box > Sharpen Your Knives
The Round Table > The Fifth Video
Unfiction > Very Weird Viral Video
 

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nice dissertation! i am going to return here after the next video. though the themes with the number 6 makes me think the next one will be the last. (as the first video was technically the prelude). one of the latest videos tags is "asterisk", which has 6 prongs, 6 dogs/rituals ("interments") performed, 6 strawberries/seeds hanging on the baby mobile looking thing...
in Video 6 when we first enter the cabin there are 2 picture frames on either side. there are moving people in those picture frames, doing crazy stuff with their arms. i don't know if it has to do with anything, but i thought i'd point it out in case you missed it :)
yeah, i'm not sure when the last one will be. maybe next? maybe there's some 'story' it will follow, outside of mandragora's cycle? who knows? but i agree with you, i think the next will be the last, because of the prelude thing that you mentioned and because of the six's and because i think the story will have reached it's course by then.

baby mobile thing... i love it haha. in the picture i posted, you can see the tall stalks that hold the berries. i assume that's what that is in the video. does look like she has a damned mobile on her head hehe.

i saw the frames or windows or mirros or whatever they are... and the strangers walking behind/below her but.. i don't know what to think of them yet. i'll get some drinks in me and watch all the videos back to back again tonight and see what i think.

thanks for reading :)
the whale isn't a whale shark, it's a humpback. i only know this because i recognized it & the noise it makes from finding nemo, and google says it's a humpback haha.
Yeah, the 'singing' is a humpback but the fish that was in the video before it was edited were whale sharks feeding. if you click on the link in the video info at iam's page it links to whale shark's feeding, which is where the footage was from. then they just laid whale singing tracks over it. it's a little confusing now, since they edited the actual animal footage from all the videos.

(Anonymous)

iamamiwhoami pt. 1/2

hi, i wrote this mostly to help myself work it all out in my head, kinda worked on it more, didn't know where to post it in the end hahhaa. i came across your livejournal and thought i would post what i wrote to show what i worked out. and uh sorry this is ridiculously long. IM JUST CURIOUS. maybe it'll help or at least interest you, so without further ado:

it could be christina aguilera, but i really doubt it. i haven't heard much of her music but i'm pretty sure this is nothing like it. she's a pop singer, and this just is way too artistic and experimental and creepy even if she's going to "recreate herself." and look at her website... does that fit at all? nope. not gonna totally cross it out though. obviously not lady gaga or anybody like that.

it has to be someone releasing an album soon (although it might not be announced, the videos themselves might be the first promotion).

the golden filter would be my guess IF they didn't already have a viral campaign. the video is entitled "...open your eyes" and it's completely different from these videos, their website features that video as well, and although many clues point to the golden filter besides that, this basically confirms to me it isn't them.

if any website is currently up that is officially from "iamamiwhoami" it would have similar imagery to the video and wouldn't give it away yet anyway, since the videos themselves haven't given it away yet. if someone found the website it would ruin the surprise if it had the answer.

it also could be a new artist, but unless they got alooooooooooooot of money from their label or someone it would be pretty hard to have that happen. it seems to have required a good budget to make these clips. mtv also seems to have been clued in, to help with viewership. so i think that it's either an artist that is known, or a collaboration of multiple ones (maybe six people?), or an artist breaking from a different project to do this.

ON TO THE ACTUAL VIDEO.

starting with the name. "iamamiwhoami". whoever or whatever it is or represents seems to become more uncertain of itself as he or she or it progresses. first, a statement. i am. next they question this statement, am i? and as if the answer was no, it then asks well, who am i? a theme might be of losing one's self or ultimately discovery through questioning one's self. some religions are very centered on this idea, showing that it might be spritual or mythical in nature as well, but not religious.

the codes and animals for each video in order:

-prelude: 699130082.educational (goat): springlike, tress with arms and legs as branches. a hand in a tree beckons at the last second or so.
-i am 669321018 (owl): much darker. sexualness and more trees.
-it's me 723378 (whale): water and fetal imagery, six cakes with strawberries on them float in the water.
-mandragora.1110 (llama): trees, a tree seems to be cut. weird faces throughout on random objects and on her face but that might just be my brain. six dogs in front of a cabin.
-officinarum.56155 (bumble bee): the woman is in the trees in the snow, seems to scare away a dog below her. the dogs are no longer in front of the cabin. strawberries fall into the water and are collected. in the last few seconds they are attached to strings and fall around the face of the woman, now sitting in the cabin.
-welcome home.3383 (monkey): sticks hanging outside spell welcome. it's snowing. inside the cabin, which appears much bigger inside than out, the woman with the strawberries sits on a swing above while some shadows move below and in the mirrors (she is now home). six graves in the snow with "i am" written in blood or something red. she rises out from behind the cabin and leaves unfold behind her, and roots come from the sides of the cabin and wrap around the trees. the roots seem to make two letters but i can't say for certain what they are. at the end she says "why" or "y". another question, perhaps?

the extra numbers in the title can be decoded different ways but none of them form words, i'm thinking that they might, strung together, mean something but i'm not going to think about it any harder. ahaha.

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Re: iamamiwhoami pt. 1/2

no, it's good it's long, it means you are using your brains and using your brains for a creative pursuit is never, ever a bad thing, no matter how hard some people may try to belittle it.

and i suppose here is the perfect place to post your article, as a companion to mine :)

personally (and all of the below are just my opinions), i see a 0 percent chance that this is christina or lady gaga or any other blonde superstarlet that we already know. this is something between music and an art house project, close to bordering on cheesy. it reminds me a lot of the 'weak and powerless' a perfect circle video in a way, but i don't think it has anything to do with that.

my best guess, if it is indeed a music thing, is that it's a collaberation of sorts between musical artists.

i haven't found any other sites that are legitametly tied to the youtube site and i wouldn't trust any i found. iamami has a very precise way of doing what they are doing and i don't think there is anymore to the mystery, physically, than what we are already given access to.

i believe the name to be like you say--in being born and growing up, one is learning who they are. a baby might think 'i am?' and then, through the though of thinking, learns 'i am', and, as they grow up further, it's more complex, and they think 'who am i?'. or it could just be a witty anonymous name to fuck with us :)

mmm it's a carpenter bee, not a bumble bee. i only say this because i think the species plays a vital part in what the video means, and carpenter bees are quite different than bumble bees, but i also think you typed it that way because you were typing off the top of your head and not because you were really worried about the exact species of bee, hehe.

(Anonymous)

iamamiwhoami pt. 2/2

(cont.)

-many of the videos feature closeups of her face, but from editing there's no way to recognize who it is it they're even recognizable. her eyes seem to change color as well.

i have no idea what that all means, all i have gotten from the videos is that:
-it has alot to do with birth, rebirth, and life and nature, although it's also somewhat sinister. lots of fetal imagery, winter (generally not associated with life), trees.
-6 is obviously an important number because it shows up alot. it is a mystical number, for many reasons, and that might be all. or it might be more of a clue, like that the artist or the album has alot to do with the number 6.
-mandragora officinarum is the most concrete clue, the rest are really just guesses as to what the things mean. it is a medicinal plant that, according to superstition, it's screams when pulled out will kill whoever did the pulling, so instead one must tie an animal to the plant and get it to move so it pulls the roots out and dies instead. this could be linked to the six dogs (or not), and the six graves in the sixth video "welcome home", representing that the dogs were used to pull out the mandrakes. mandrakes are also linked to childbirth. the roots are poisonous and potentially narcotic. according to wikipedia: It was a common folklore in some countries that mandrake would only grow where the semen of a hanged man had dripped on to the ground; this would appear to be the reason for the methods employed by the alchemists who "projected human seed into animal earth". that could explain the blatantly sexual second video. (that's what i wrote but reading your ideas it could very well be milk... i was thinking that it was somewhat a timeline of her life, and that fits in much better hahaha. i suppose my mind is tainted aha)
-the different animals could represent the stages in the timeline, or could be related more to the code.

conclusion: this might all be clues to help find who the artist is, but it is definitely album-specific. the artist(s) seem to be focusing on these themes, many of which will appear in the art and/or music of the album. ie the mandrake etc isn't trying to help us figure out who 'i am' but is more the focus of the project.

the woman might not be the artist, but only part of the theme of the album. could it be a different woman in each video? it might not even be an album but it definitely focuses on music.

and finally it might not be as complicated as this at all in the end, since it's viral and just wants to get people's attention, but yeah. it's fun at least :)

Re: iamamiwhoami pt. 2/2

yeah, i'm not sure if it's the same chick all the videos. i mean, i can only assume it is because the videos want us to feel that it is, but who knows. after the third video, her look seems to change, but i don't know if it's intentional or just a byproduct of filming at different times outside of the filmers control.

speaking of film/sound--it's noticeable that the 'why?' at the end of video six sounds like complete shit, compared to the rest of the sound/music in the clips. did they record that part like straight from a mic to pc? crappy editing. there's a few small crappy editing errors in the thing, but i blame that on human error and not part of the ~*~mystery~*~

a lot of people think that we are supposed to decipher these videos and find out who the artist(s) are. i don't think so. i don't think there are clues and hints scattered throughout the video that ask us to figure that part out. who the arist(s) is/are is interesting, but I think it's a completely different subject from what the videos/story is about and i think they have been kept seperated for that reason.

it's a viral yet but i'm not sure if it's actually trying to sell something so it will be interesting to see if it is a campaign or an arthouse project.
this was a really interesting read. i actually managed to piece it all together thanks to this, and it made some kind of sense! especially the random animal videos

even though i had no idea what it meant i had a feeling the videos were accumulating to something with the 6th video, and now i can put some sort of timeline/story to it i think the next one will definitely be the big "reveal"

anyways i was driving myself mad trying to think what it all meant so thank you for writing this! :)
thank you!

keep in mind it's just my 'translation' of what is going on so far, so if the artist/artists come out and say something totally different, i will gladly except a whole lot of tomatos thrown my way hehe.

yeah, i think the next video will be the penultimate moment also, but i'm only like 70 percent sure. if there is more to the story than just the psychotic life circle of a mandragora--like if she goes on an adventure or some shit--then who knows.

at first i thought it would end with some kind of full circle deal-o: she dies -or- she lays/plants six seeds and the cycle starts all over again.

but now, i am leaning towards the end being her giving us, the viewer, some kind of message. whether that is about the artist, about the music, about life and humanity, about nature, or about verizon wireless phones... well, only time will tell!

(Anonymous)

whale shark vid

in the vid, dogsnapper fish eggs are being eaten right?

mandragora snappin dogs? :)
i wish these videos were a min longer at least, hearing the music is such a tease!

Re: whale shark vid

ooh, i don't know, are they? i read an argument in the comments about the whales not being vegetarians because they were eating eggs so... it makes sense :) pretty cool idea there!

i like the music a lot. it's very simple stuff but it's good.
Thanks for the write up here! At this point whoever it is has caught my attention and I like the use of myth and imagery here that they use. I am a huge sucker for things like this (heck one of the reasons I'm totally into LOST!)

anyway thanks for writting this up, I went back and watched all the videos and then read this and now it makes a very nice story once you kinda put two and two together!
i'm a huge lost fan also, you should have seen ome of the crazy dissertations i would write after each season haha. for awhile, i had one up that was basically the Timeloop Theory before I read that someone else had written it--theirs was a lot better of course haha.

i'm excited to see how lost plays out. i have my own ideas but like, with that show, i get proven wrong so much that i stopped typing them out haha.

glad you liked the article here :)

finding stuff, well, trying to

so i was looking up folklore regarding strawberries to cross reference with mandrake folklore. all i found was that "the strawberry was sacred to Frigga, who concealed children who died as infants in strawberries and smuggled them into heaven. Culpeper calls it a plant of Venus." similarly in the way of Mandrake, they both have been considered "love plants". mandrake aides in conception, strawberries help if something should go terribly wrong after conception. but that is a whole other branch of the tree, so i don't think it goes well with these videos.

but i did find something that could happen in the next video: "But once in a family's possession, the grateful Mandrake root became a 'familiar spirit' and was enshrined on the mantle over the fireplace. If properly addressed, the root would speak "in oracles" and bring good luck to the members of the household." (Origins of English History, Charles I. Elton, 1882, cited by the Century Unabridged Dictionary, 1889)

Re: finding stuff, well, trying to

yeah, don't think your first idea has anything to do with this but it's interesting to read!

it would be an interesting path to take, to see this mandragora become an oracle of sorts; i suppose since it's started speaking, it already is. we'll have to be on the lookout for that i suppose.

(Anonymous)

I wanted to thank you very much for compiling this together. This is the first writeup I have read that has actually paralleled my own thoughts on these videos. Now after pulling my hair out on the youtube comments boards and ONTD ones I'm excited to see a writeup that doesn't have complaints on the length of the campaign or Christina Fans picking fights with other commenters.

I also agree that it's fairly obvious that the identity of the artist isn't supposed to be revealed as simply as a blonde haired artist. But i also notice that no one has actually made an effort to really analyze the music. I've heard people mentioning bands like The Knife, Animal Collective, Golden Filter, Ladytron among others, but NOT ONE SONG uploaded sounds anything like music these artists have ever done. I'd like to open the forum to discussions regarding musical sound relating to artists, since that is the only concrete clue we have (especially since European spelling and a Californian IP address contradict one another)

So here's my short breakdown of the music in said videos.

Prelude - Despite how it visually screams Goldfrapp or MGMT, musically it absolutely YELLS Trent Reznor from the specific synth sounds used, to the time changes and the whole industrial punchiness of it. Not saying it's him, but totally inspired by him.

Video 1 & 2 - These also scream Trent Reznor, both for the same reasons as above. Any NIN fan that's ever listened to a whole album will agree with this (especially any NIN from 2000-2009). Again only saying it's Reznor inspired.

Video 3 - The tribal backbeat of this video completely counters my Reznor theory. As mush as the time changes COULD be his production, this sounds a lot more like an MIA-style inspired track (or any other similar artists)

Video 4 - This one has time changes and a similar synth to the first 2 and Prelude, with a much sunnier aesthetic. Very doe-eyed, like the world is being experienced for the first time.

Video 5 - this one stunned me. The video and music has a completely different feel than the videos before it. The acoustic loop sounds something inspired by female singer songwriter and has an almost Tori Amos feel (but totally not at the same time). Again the time changes and catchiness are similar to the first videos.

In conclusion, I obviously lean more towards Trent Reznor inspired production. He has the musical accessibility and notoriety to pull this off, but this also seems a bit too low-key for him compared to previous virals. He's produced females before, as well as countless other artists, and has written scores for film so knows how to create atmosphere to correspond with a visual. He's the only notable name I have heard mentioned that makes sense to this musically.

I mean a lot of this music could very well be just video specific and nothing more, and we may never see the music again.

I do really believe that this is a collaborative effort, and that the name we will know will be in the background/production, and the face to the artist will be completely new.

My two cents!

-Drew


First off, I don't think there is a shot in hell this is christina. i understand how people got started on that but i think fans need to give up tjhat ghost.

it's interesting to see the vitriolic response these videos are brining out of people and really, i feel like i could write a whole article on that alone. people are either a) mad at how long this thing has gone on which, in the scheme of virals and ARGS, really hasn't been that long at all. and b) mad that whoever is making themselves won't reveal themself.

so, b). i'm not sure i understand personally everyones need to know who it is. i mean, does it matter? i can understand if you like the music and want to buy full tracks of it, but why be 'mad' about it? does the music need to have a name attached to it for it to be meaningful to a person?

well, i think in this days cult of celebrity, yes, yes it does. people want this to be christina, or gaga, or little boots, or someone recognizable because it's easier for them to digest it that way. they can write it off as 'oh, that zany gaga!' instead of putting some though into it--this is not to say their is no though in lady gaga videos though, as i think she's quite an intrepid new artist--but to say... it's just easier for people to accept these videos that way.

tru musicphiles and art lovers can look at these videos--any videos and any music, really--and appreciate it even without knowing who it is or isn't. the masses who have been fed what is and isn't good music by music companies headed by gray haired olf men... it's not so easy for them. they have been told that if this is christina, it is acceptable to like it. they have been told that if this is a perfect circle, it is edgy to like it. they have been told if this is justin beiber, it is nerdy to like it, or whatever. music once was and now, in a way, popstars are such an integral part of how modern people identify themselves and if they can't identify who the starlet is that is singing to them, then how are they to sort out how they feel about it?

so they just feel angry. they feel angry it the videos stretch out so long, even though the videos made no promise to us of any sort of time limit. they are angry the video artist(s) won't reveal themselves, even though these artists never promised that to us.

what i mean to say is, when something is strange and mysterious, people tend to project onto it to put meaning on it.

i also think people who don't understand it, maybe they feel stupid they don't understand it and instead of trying to understand or enjoy it, they feel frustrated at their stupidity and lash out.

i feel you on the reznor vibe but i don't know; i feel this viral would be a huge step down for him compared to the masterpiece that was year zero. he is someone who knows how to creat a huge, successful viral and while this has a lot of interest and views, it isn't anywhere near the caliber that year zero was.

but who knows, really!

(Anonymous)

Of all the speculations I have read, yours is the most rational and intelligent one yet. Even your comments is well thought of. Seriously, I get more from this one post than months of reading those mind-numbing forums.

Can I marry you?
Thanks :) I think a lot of this lore/speculation whatever has been floating around everywhere in fragments and i just wanted to compile it and add my thoughts into one place instead of trying to retype it at a thousand different places where the conversations move too quick to catch it.

and yes, if you are rich and play an instrument, you may marry me haha.
thank you, i appreciate you taking the time to read this, because i know it's rather long and dawdling :) hopefully they put another video up soon so we can have some fun deciphering it next!

(Anonymous)

It all doesnt make any sense

First of all, the codes are NOT to be cracked. If they were, and would reveal the name, the whole charade would be over and done with.

Second of all, the channel itself has about a million wiews, which means that it probably has 50 000 followers that check up on it regularly. So, is the campaign really such a success? I don't think so.

Third, the thing that stands out is the 'confused MTV blogger', and the mandrakes hollywoodish bleached blond hair. So, this is obviously a stunt that has a support from the MTV crew, the movies are high budget, and some artists were hired from the imagery, but for what? The music sounds very alternative, not something that would dominate the Billboard charts, and again, the channel took 3 or 4 months to make a million wiews, and this is the best proof for the fact that it probably won't be huge.

Wouldn't it be very dissapointing if this audio snippets turn out to be just small parts from some very mainstream pop songs? The story and the movies are insane, but after all, they seem like just a waste of money and our time.

(Anonymous)

Re: It all doesnt make any sense

Plus, nobody seems to talk about Maynard J. Keenan. The songs have a Tool-ish feel, and Tool always hade really strange videos with stories behind it. Also, Keenan stated that he wanted A Perfect Circle to have a female vocalist, but he didn't find one. Maybe eventually he did, and made the music more electro as to fit a woman better, instead of harsh guitar riffs. Plus, he is smart enough to pull this off.

(Anonymous)

Decrypting the numbers

Hi,I tried to decrypte the title of each vidéo with the code A=1 B=2 ...

This is what I found:

Vid 1 : 6991382=> 6+9+9+1+3+8+2= 38=3.8= CH (CHristina)
451322= 4+5+1+3+2+2= 17 = AG ( AGuilera)
Vid 2 : 669321018=>6+6+9+3+2+1+1(0)+8=36/(45) =CF/(DE) (... ?)
Vid 3 : 723378=7+2+3+3+7+8=30 =3.0= C ( Christina )
Vid 4 :1110=1.1.1=3 =C OR 1+1+10=12=AB (Aguilera / Bionic) ?
Vid 5 : 56155=5+6+1+5+5= 22 = BB ( Bionic² :p) Or 5+6+15+5=31=CA ( Christina Aguilera)
Vid 6 : 3383=3+3+8+3=17= AG (AGuilera)

Then the animals : With the same code and the name of animals that are quoted by Iamami,I get :

GOAT : 7+15+1+20= 43
OWL : 15+23+12=50
WHALE SHARK : 23+8+1+12+5+19+8+1+18+11= 106
BUMBLE BEE: 2+21+13+2+12+5+2+5+5= 67
LLAMA : 12+12+1+13+1= 39
MONKEY : 13+15+14+11+5+25=83

43+50+106+67+39+83= 388 =3.8.8= CHH

So it could be her. No?

Re: Decrypting the numbers

I've seen these numbers decoded a million times in a million different ways. I mean yeah, CA gould be Christina Aguilera or it could be California or it could be Creative Assignment or... I mean, no one knows, we have no context for them.

If it turns out to be Christina, then you can say Oh, that's what those meant. If not, then there you go.

The problem with your last half though is that there is no bumble bee; it's a carpenter bee. The icon LOOKS like a bumble bee, but the video shows carpenter bees. So if youw ere going by what the image shows, you couldn't say 'whale shark' either, because the picture is a humback whale, but the video is of whale sharks. So, it's like you can't pick and choose which you want to use for your math; it either has to be all pictures or all intended animals.

So. You have C's and you have F's and you have A's and G's and one of my favorite qoutes is "what you don't understand you can make mean anything" and that applies here.

(Anonymous)

Hello, anybody? She posted a new video. It's called 'b' and you can find it on her channel.
yup :) it took me a day but i've got it posted.
yeah, i'll write something up tomorrow. i need a night to sit in bed and think over what i've seen; i'm very slow :)
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