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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A taste of the bass



While we're in the process of acquiring the required equipment, the Voxiversity team has been experimenting with some of the different concepts we are planning to apply to the videos we will be producing. Here is a brief sample of one such experiment, entitled Know Thyself, which utilizes the audio from my debate with Greg Johnson.

We will obviously be utilizing higher quality audio than the mic of my gaming headset, and I think we will also bring in some new fonts, preferably some of those regularly used by Castalia House on its covers for some cross-media unity of style. But this should give you some idea of the sort of thing we'll be doing to bring the concepts to life and make them memorable beyond my simple articulation of them.

If you'd like to assist these efforts and support Voxiversity, you can do so at Freestartr.

And I would be remiss if I failed to note that, somewhat to my surprise, the backers have overwhelmingly selected Immigration & War as the first Voxiversity video.

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66 Comments:

Anonymous Aeoli Pera September 19, 2017 9:20 AM  

Good choice though, if people aren't already down with the diversity + proximity thing.

Blogger Shimshon September 19, 2017 9:26 AM  

Did Vox just say cross-media unironically? Next, he'll be talking synergy and other buzzword bingo lingo. It's only a matter of minutes before the trolls show up bemoaning that Vox has jumped the shark.

Blogger VD September 19, 2017 9:30 AM  

Oh, they're already doing their usual routine in the YouTube comments. My favorite: why the fuck are there cats reading books and riding horses?

Blogger S1AL September 19, 2017 9:39 AM  

*reads title*

*wonders who Vox got as a guest speaker*

Blogger Bodo Staron September 19, 2017 9:46 AM  

Effects look great. Remind me of the old "Oscar Turner" videos.

Blogger Shimshon September 19, 2017 9:47 AM  

"why the f**k are there cats reading books and riding horses?"

The answer is obvious. To convey that Voxiversity is an inclusive environment that promotes the presence of women.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 19, 2017 9:52 AM  

Some deep-cut concepts, boiled down so people can remember them, works really well in this type of format. You can't just churn those out, as they take a supremely good insight into the topic as a whole, but once complete they go over a lot better than 20 minute Lectures.

We have to remember that 65% or more of the population is utterly burnt out on lectures by the time they're 14. Keeping things snappy works very well. (i.e. the power of Rhetoric.)

Also, Cats with Guns. Sure. The Japanese have an entire genre of "cats as stand-in humans" literature that's considered classic there.

Anonymous Jack September 19, 2017 9:58 AM  

That looks pretty awesome. Good audio clip too. Cheers.

Anonymous fop September 19, 2017 9:58 AM  

"why the f**k are there cats reading books and riding horses?"

Even a little pussy looks badass with a gold Desert Eagle .50

Anonymous Gurpgork September 19, 2017 9:58 AM  

"Oh, they're already doing their usual routine in the YouTube comments. My favorite: why the fuck are there cats reading books and riding horses?"
Because internet! Fucking retards.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 19, 2017 10:01 AM  

And the Japan & Cats thing wasn't a joke.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_on_the_Galactic_Railroad


On topic, I think there's a lot more utility to this approach, say up to 2 minutes, for quite a lot of core Western concepts. Or just generally important human concepts. There are things that simply "are". You may have Free Will, but Physics Wins. And that's the real power of the A/V medium.

Anonymous RaWRpewpew September 19, 2017 10:16 AM  

I approve of paying to see cats riding horses... what a dull life they must lead

Anonymous Jeff September 19, 2017 10:19 AM  

somewhat to my surprise, the backers have overwhelmingly selected Immigration & War as the first Voxiversity video.

I assume you're being ironic.

Build that Wall.

Anonymous Stickwick September 19, 2017 10:19 AM  

The graphics are gorgeous, the music is great. This is first rate, Vox.

Oh, they're already doing their usual routine in the YouTube comments. My favorite: why the fuck are there cats reading books and riding horses?

This is what happens when you don't grow up with Donald Duck comics. Why the fuck are ducks talking and driving cars?

Leave it to your new fans to up the already maxed out spergy retardedness of YouTube comments.

Anonymous Stickwick September 19, 2017 10:24 AM  

Looking Glass: We have to remember that 65% or more of the population is utterly burnt out on lectures by the time they're 14. Keeping things snappy works very well. (i.e. the power of Rhetoric.)

Y'know, I would've thought that was true of 95% of the population, but then Jordan Peterson shows up and is wildly popular with his epic 2.5-hour lectures where he goes on 45-minute digressions. It'll be interesting to see if Vox sets a new precedent with these short, punchy videos.

Blogger S1AL September 19, 2017 10:31 AM  

Burnt out on lectures *they can't leave*.

It's an entirely different story when it's something optional and pausable.

Blogger Lemur September 19, 2017 10:54 AM  

you should ask BPS for tips on creating content with high production values and a reasonably well modulated voice. Then perhaps we won't have to endure low budget shots of hogwarts and your vocal fry. If you're going to put time and effort into these things, and other people's money, at least don't live up the stereotypes of right wingers as uber-nerds with (CGI) delusions of grandeur.

Anonymous Viiidad September 19, 2017 11:22 AM  

Lemurs are gay.

Blogger Matthew September 19, 2017 11:34 AM  

With hurt butts.

Anonymous fop September 19, 2017 11:51 AM  

Lemurs are pretty much the gayest animal. It is science.

"There is a dominance hierarchy among female lemurs according to matriline and adult females are always dominant over adult male lemurs, reinforcing their dominance through agonistic encounters including lunging, chasing, cuffing, grabbing, and biting males. Submissive responses to these aggressive behaviors include jumping away, fleeing, and squealing (Jolly 1966; Taylor & Sussman 1985; Sauther et al. 1999)."

Anonymous VFM #6306 September 19, 2017 11:53 AM  

Sun Tzu had no idea what he was talking about. Vox is stupid and I am awesome. Let's fight!

Blogger Forge the Sky September 19, 2017 11:58 AM  

Looks great. Fonts and audio need work, as you noted yourself. I'd also add that it's too fast-paced for the format; you'll burn out your animator(s) as well as your audience like that. 20% slower or so would be the ticket.

Dialectic is best delivered rapidly, but rhetoric needs time to hook and hit.

Likely the most well-refined form or rhetoric in today's media is the blockbuster trailer, as the financial stakes and resources behind them are massive. Check this deconstruction out, and observe how slowly dialogue/information is doled out: https://youtu.be/KAOdjqyG37A

(It's kinda funny too.)

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable September 19, 2017 11:59 AM  

"I stand with cats".
--Jack Ward

Blogger Normie Normie September 19, 2017 12:02 PM  

I prefered this to the initial promo video. This is because the first focussed too much on personality whereas this one was about content. Viewers will come for great content.

Blogger tuberman September 19, 2017 12:03 PM  

ME like

Anonymous Looking Glass September 19, 2017 12:12 PM  

I have a problem with the Title of this post.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEL0cic2_dw "A Taste of Things to Come"

We need more synergy! :)

Anonymous Critically Bent September 19, 2017 12:38 PM  

I don't know if it is possible/reasonable to have a different voice than Vox's or to have it somehow modulated down a little.

I took the whole DevGame course, and Vox's voice always bothered me. Not much, and I cared about the content a lot, so it didn't actually stop me or anything. But, if you're trying to appeal to people who can be swayed by that sort of thing, it might be a problem.

Maybe you could some one with a slightly lower voice, like some of the voice actors for My Little Pony, the Smurfs, or the Chipmunks?

Anonymous Korbin Ransley September 19, 2017 12:40 PM  

Nice 8^)

Blogger LP9 September 19, 2017 12:44 PM  

AWESOME!

Blogger VD September 19, 2017 12:47 PM  

I took the whole DevGame course, and Vox's voice always bothered me. Not much, and I cared about the content a lot, so it didn't actually stop me or anything. But, if you're trying to appeal to people who can be swayed by that sort of thing, it might be a problem.

First, you're entirely missing the point of the series. Second, listen to Jordan Peterson sometime.

It's obviously not a problem.

Blogger Christopher Richardsson September 19, 2017 12:51 PM  

Looks great. Pithy.

Blogger Resident Moron™ September 19, 2017 12:55 PM  

Immigration and War?!??

I don't get it; you think they're connected?

Anonymous Anonymous September 19, 2017 1:18 PM  

The freestartr campaign is now over $50k for this year (monthly x 12 + one-time donations). Nice! Eagerly looking forward to the videos.

Anonymous Intelectual powerhouse September 19, 2017 2:11 PM  

Re: burnt out by lectures. I think that while u can become burnt out by lectures after being away from it for a period of time u can get back into it again not unlike soil remaining fallow for a time and then being used to grow again.

Anonymous Critically Bent September 19, 2017 2:16 PM  

Almost all of my experience with presenting information is in the coerced attendance vein.

I'm sure there is a whole different calculus coloring my views about what presentations of information have to be to retain audience attention.

Still, couldn't you get one of those Darth Vader voice modulator things maybe? Just like... "*Ho-pur*... Sun-Tzu... *Ho-pur* ...I am your father..."

Anonymous VFM #6306 September 19, 2017 2:40 PM  

You are weirdly obsessed with a normal voice. Molyneux is a classically trained actor and his voice and accent are more distracting than Vox's.

These videos are dialectic.

Blogger SirHamster September 19, 2017 2:55 PM  

Micus Expectorus wrote:The freestartr campaign is now over $50k for this year (monthly x 12 + one-time donations). Nice! Eagerly looking forward to the videos.

Is that summarized somewhere on the freestartr page, or do you manually calculate that?

Anonymous Anonymous September 19, 2017 3:22 PM  

Manually calculated. As of this moment:

180 backers, $8872 total

($500 * 2) + ($200 * 2) + ($100 * 4) + ($50 * 13) + ($15 * 71) + ($5 * 73) = $3880/mo (165 monthly backers)

That leaves $8872 - $3880 = $4992 one-time donations, from what appears to be 15 backers (for average of ~$330 per one-time donation!)

So, rough lower-bound estimate for the year is monthly x 12 + one-time donations, or $51552 for the next year.

Okay, I'm done sperging about the math now.

Blogger SirHamster September 19, 2017 3:50 PM  

Micus Expectorus wrote:So, rough lower-bound estimate for the year is monthly x 12 + one-time donations, or $51552 for the next year.

Just curious if I was missing something. Thanks, figured out that same method. Would be a sensible improvement to the webpage to show the one-time/monthly summaries.

For the lower bound estimate, keep in mind that some pledges won't last the full year. Happened with IG pledging where some backers got overexcited, or life situations changed.

Blogger pdwalker September 19, 2017 3:50 PM  

I agree with Stickwick. The animation is really good and caught my attention (yes, I noticed the cats and heartily approve).

How much work did that take anyhow?

Blogger VD September 19, 2017 4:14 PM  

We've got a LONG way to go if we're going to surpass Jordan Peterson. On the other hand, this is an impressive vote of confidence, given that we haven't even released our first video yet.

Anonymous CPEG September 19, 2017 4:21 PM  

I really like the animation. I shall have to forgo my usual habit of putting on educational material while I play video games.

Anonymous Critically Bent September 19, 2017 4:32 PM  

VFM #6306 wrote:You are weirdly obsessed with a normal voice. Molyneux is a classically trained actor and his voice and accent are more distracting than Vox's.

These videos are dialectic.


Nothing is purely dialectic. Style always matters. Otherwise, why wouldn't Vox just be sitting in front of his bookshelves with his gamer headset on?

I LURV Molyneux's voice and mannerisms. Definitely appeals to the intellectual snob in me.

The animation and cats and obvious awesomeness just don't match Vox's very normal voice (at least he's lost his Minnie-sotta accent over his wonderings, though maybe he never had one, I don't know). I just expect a big voice guy with all the fantastical effects.

What Vox's voice would match would be the whiteboard animated drawings that people have done for some TED talks and such (not endorsing TED talks, just the animation technique).

If you're going to do a video type presentation, the body language and voice techniques will be important. Just because Jordan Peterson can "get away with it" doesn't mean it is the best way to do things.

Anonymous Anonymous September 19, 2017 4:33 PM  

For the lower bound estimate, keep in mind that some pledges won't last the full year. Happened with IG pledging where some backers got overexcited, or life situations changed.

Right. Over time there will be a few more backers that join monthly, and some that drop out; I suspect any downward turn won't occur for a while. Most ups and downs will come out in the wash, I hope.

Regardless, $50k is nothing to sneeze at for a guy who has only done bare-bones periscopes thus far.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams September 19, 2017 5:10 PM  

The intro was great 3D fodder if the Voxiversity team ever gets a wild hair.

As others have said, it looks and the music sounds great. I watched the Greg Johnson debate and never noticed the audio quality. The difference between the music and speech really makes it stand out, but that's a problem solved by throwing money at it.

Can't wait for the first video! How will you announce them to the freestart folks?

Blogger SmockMan September 19, 2017 5:38 PM  

Shocked by the lack of otters.

Blogger LIONMAN184 September 19, 2017 5:42 PM  

Are the voxiversity videos going on your vox day channel or your voxiversity channel on youtube?

Blogger VD September 19, 2017 6:00 PM  

Are the voxiversity videos going on your vox day channel or your voxiversity channel on youtube?

Both and also vid.me.

Blogger Nick S September 19, 2017 6:15 PM  

It's amazing what you can do with a voice using free Audacity software.

Blogger VD September 19, 2017 7:13 PM  

If you're going to do a video type presentation, the body language and voice techniques will be important. Just because Jordan Peterson can "get away with it" doesn't mean it is the best way to do things.

Jordan Peterson is vastly more successful at this than most people. Substance matters more than style.

Do you have any idea how utterly impractical it is to suggest exchanging a mind for a voice? That's just utterly ridiculous, as it is not cost-effective and would add tremendously to the complexity of the project. Literally no one does that.

Blogger Wolfman at Large September 19, 2017 7:39 PM  

Going to assume that the next video will feature otters riding bears.

Blogger Matthew September 19, 2017 7:44 PM  

fop wrote:Lemurs are pretty much the gayest animal. It is science.

So you seem to be saying that Lemur is probably a muslim?

Anonymous Camilla Cameo September 19, 2017 8:01 PM  

"at least he's lost his Minnie-sotta accent over his wonderings, though maybe he never had one, I don't know"

You can hear it if you know what to listen for. :)

Anonymous Man of the Atom September 19, 2017 8:11 PM  

"at least he's lost his Minnie-sotta accent over his wonderings, though maybe he never had one, I don't know"

Minna-SO-dah. Focus, 'Bent.

Anonymous Avalanche September 19, 2017 8:18 PM  

Whoo HOO!! That was superb!!

why the fuck are there cats reading books and riding horses?

I LOVED that there are reading cats: cats are inscrutable and REALLY good at killing things and taking over their surroundings! Was it not Confucius (K'un Fu Tze) who once cut off the sleeve of his robe because the cat was asleep on it and he did not wish to disturb her?

Anonymous Avalanche September 19, 2017 8:22 PM  

say up to 2 minutes, for quite a lot of core Western concepts.

Think of them as commercials for Western Civ. You might end each with the tagline: "Attend Voxiversity!" The shortness of the 'commercials' will encourage folks passing by on YouTube to watch the thing (and spread it!); the quality (and pleasure) will encourage them to go LOOK at Voxiversity; Voxiversity will encourage them to attend and get healed!

Anonymous Avalanche September 19, 2017 8:53 PM  

I just expect a big voice guy with all the fantastical effects.

YUCK! That's a horrible idea! Fake, false, detracting from the point of the videos! The point is to watch, listen, and learn; not to be watching "X-Men, the Rejoinder"! I'm assuming the actual 20-min videos will NOT be all flash and dash like the 'commercials.' I'm assuming they will be solid, sound, flashy-but-accurate and with switch between Vox speaking and graphical displays of what he is referring to.

This is NOT dance videos -- it's cool, eye-catching, accurate, information.

(Maybe I have it all wrong -- I'll still be a subscriber and send $$. But, have you WATCHED the Dark Streams? Without all the 'fantastical effects' -- just a guy talking in a library -- they're very interesting and lots of folks watch them.)


If Khan Academy can make millions of dollars with millions of views on thousands of videos - with not the best 'production values,' why do you think Voxiversity won't be a bigger hit -- since it's NOT 'learning math' (etc.) but learning Western Civilization and more?

Anonymous Avalanche September 19, 2017 8:57 PM  

Going to assume that the next video will feature otters riding bears.

Yes! (OOH! Better: otters riding Rhodesian Ridgebacks!)

Blogger Lazarus September 19, 2017 9:47 PM  

Stickwick wrote:This is what happens when you don't grow up with Donald Duck comics.

I did. Scrooge McDuck was my hero.Vault full of hard money. So I emulated him as I could. But you can't jump into a pile of digital money.

Sad.

Blogger Lazarus September 19, 2017 9:53 PM  

Good start. Maybe you could get some video tips from Mary Beard.

I kid, I kid.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( i'm sorry you raped Andrea Dworkin and i disavow your Patriarchal Cisheteronormative Bourgeois Consciousness in shame ) September 20, 2017 12:05 AM  

I took the whole DevGame course, and Vox's voice always bothered me.



VD September 19, 2017 12:47 PM
.... listen to Jordan Peterson sometime.
It's obviously not a problem.


titles post "A taste of bass"

refuses to use a filter on his squeaky voice.

troll level:
epic

Anonymous JAG September 20, 2017 4:26 AM  

Kinda has the feel of an old Dianetics commercial from the late 1970s, but without the cult crap. Got me pumped. Nice work.

Anonymous Malcolm September 20, 2017 7:23 AM  

consider releasing the video on just one YouTube channel to get a higher view count, instead of splitting the views on two channels.

Blogger VD September 20, 2017 10:06 AM  

consider releasing the video on just one YouTube channel to get a higher view count, instead of splitting the views on two channels.

To be honest, I'm not really sure how many YouTube channels I have, but we'll sort it out and get one dedicated to Voxiversity.

Blogger Aeroschmidt September 20, 2017 10:21 AM  

Can we get podcast versions of the lectures or is there going to be too many graphics for that to be reasonable. I like to listen while I work/drive.

Blogger VD September 20, 2017 7:18 PM  

There will be podcast versions, yes.

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