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I was a music video DJ for about a decade, starting in the late 80s. I’ve been mixing video to music on and off since, and over time I’ve discovered the joy of finding music that matches up entirely to unrelated footage without edits. I’ve since expanded it into a new feature-length art form I call ‘FM’ (‘Featuring Music’ or, if you prefer: ‘Faux Musical’).
Much like Giorgio Moroder’s soundtrack project for 1927’s ‘Metropolis’ in the 80s, ‘FM’ describes the process of adding a back-to-back pop/rock soundtrack to an entire film, only in this case, all of the music has to match the theme, mood and multiple visual beats of a scene and work in, under, around or over existing dialogue, ambient noise, and occasional orchestral swells/stings… without editing the film, and without editing the song(s). Entire songs are arranged back-to-back and play throughout the film, with only very short/occasional breaks for key moments/dialogue.
My first film project was Star Wars FM. It starts like if Dark Side of the Moon really did line up with the Wizard of Oz (in space) and ends like Top Gun (in space).
I first performed this as you might expect a DJ to: by mixing the two soundtracks live for the benefit of an audience while the film’s vision played on a big screen.
During lockdown, I mixed a shareable proof-of-concept for Star Wars FM and also programmed music for The Empire Strikes Back FM and Return of the Jedi FM.
I know you’re not going to let me mention all of that and not deliver a sample, so here’s ONE song from ‘Star Wars FM’/#StarWarsFM
But if we can move on to the main Christmas business at hand: you are here today to hear about a special treat I have cooked up for you based on an entirely different movie.
A Christmas movie!
12 Days Of Die Hard
The 12 Days Of Die Hard start on 13 December and end on 24 December (Christmas Eve).
After that, you can get the ordinary bog-standard 12 Days of Christmas from your usual providers. (Watch out for the ‘bird’ days; they are a right bastard.)
For every day of the 12 Days Of Die Hard I will be on Twitter evangelising about why Die Hard is so obviously a Christmas film and showing off short clips from my proof-of-concept for the pop and rock soundtrack musical version of that same film:
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle
Yes, of course the soundtrack is 100% Christmas music.
How could it be otherwise? Die Hard is a Christmas movie!
I’m on Twitter at @bloggerheads, I will be kicking off on Sunday 13 December with a fresh clip every day until Christmas Eve, and making relevant updates on this post.
Throughout, I will be using the hashtags #DieHardFM & #12DaysOfDieHard and reaching out to legends like @StevenEdeSouza in an effort to gain the blessing of any/all concerned in the hopes that one day ‘Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle’ can actually exist as a legitimate edit and everybody can enjoy a musical machine-gun Christmas with ho-ho-hos all round.
If I make any progress on that front, you better believe I will be making further updates on this post.
Hey, while you’re here and waiting on those updates: DeVoreaux Sefas White aka Argyle The Limo Driver is on Twitter and deserves more followers. Maybe you can wish him a Merry Christmas and pay your respects while you’re there: ‘Dae’ brought you joy through his performance in this unique Christmas movie, and saying thank you costs nothing.
The ‘Die Hard’ clips start Sunday (13 December). Be ready.
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 1 of 12)
Die Hard is a Christmas film. Here is my evidence.
Miracle 1: Against all odds, John McClane is in the same building as his estranged wife. At the same moment, greedy boys treat it like a cash register.#12DaysOfDieHard#DieHardFM pic.twitter.com/4i2ltANmbv
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 13, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 2 of 12)
Miracle 2: A greedy boy falls down the stairs and gets dead for Christmas
Xmas Inspiration 1: John McClane has an idea. A Christmassy idea!
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 14, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 3 of 12)
Miracle 3: John McClane ascends to the heavens and the role of glorious herald, despite temptation along the way.
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 15, 2020
I am delighted to report that it was on Day 3 of the 12 Days of Die Hard that I earned a round of applause from screenwriting legend Steven E. de Souza.
— Steven E. de Souza (@StevenEdeSouza) December 15, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 4 of 12)
Miracles 4 & 5: John McClane has a narrow escape in an elevator shaft then an even narrower escape in an air duct
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 16, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 5 of 12)
Miracle 6: A nice policeman has a narrow escape when driving home for Christmas.
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 17, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 6 of 12)
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 18, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 6 of 12: BONUS CLIP)
More of Fairytale of New York in memory of the wonderful Kirsty MacColl, who left us far too many Xmasses ago.
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 18, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 7 of 12)
Miracle 7: John delivers a gift and IT RAINS GLASS. (Also, a naughty boy gets a treat from Santa!)
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 19, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 8 of 12)
Miracle 8: Someone turns the lights out. Suddenly THE ROOM IS FULL OF PRESENTS!@eltonofficial / Bernie Taupin appear twice in my edit (Step Into Christmas & Cold as Christmas) because they’re awesome.#12DaysOfDieHard#DieHardFM pic.twitter.com/0eRofEfGQy
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 20, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 9 of 12)
Miracle 9: A man’s face, then chest, explode with surprise.
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 21, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 10 of 12)
Miracle 10: John McClane jumps off a tall building – AS IT EXPLODES – and yet he does not die.
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 22, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 11 of 12)
Xmas Inspiration 2: John McClane has another Christmassy idea!
Miracle 11: @daesefaswhite as Argyle, TCOB with a KO punch!
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 23, 2020
Die Hard FM: A Christmas Miracle (Day 12 of 12)
Miracles 12-14: John uses Christmas magic to save Holly. Holly's Christmas watch saves them both! Hans goes on a magical Christmas flight!!
— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) December 24, 2020