“They lay motionless side by side. Theo was aware of the strong smell of the sawn wood and the dead fire, of the oblong of sunlight like a green veil, of the silence, windless, birdless, of her heartbeats and his own. They were wrapped in an intensity of listening which was miraculously devoid of anxiety. Was this what the victims of torture felt when they passed through the extremity of pain into peace?”
-P.D. James, Children of Men, 1992
Very rarely I see my teenage musical dreams fulfilled many years later, and the videoÂ for “Chopped N Screwed” by T-Pain featuring LudacrisÂ [embedding disabled by T-Pain himself]Â can be considered such a fulfillment.
The doubling of the beats, imitated in the vocals (”chopped, chopped” and all over Ludacris’ verse), sounds as a counterpoint for the electronic imitation of T-Pain’s vocals that the auto-tune generates (see T-Pain vs. his Vocoder for additional commentary). Meanwhile, the video effects are straight out of a Richard James-era Aphex Twin video. Â You know I’m a sucker for oversaturation, and this video delivers sonically and visually.