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John Gibbons holds a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Chicago. He teaches music appreciation classes at the Universality of Chicago’s Graham School and at Newberry Library. He also offers private piano lessons in the Chicago area.

Bonnie Gibbons is a web site developer and SEO with a background in classical music. She might be persuaded to teach a few cello lessons in the Chicago area.

Changing an Amazon Ad's Music Reveal's Christmas Shopping Hellscape

Changing an Amazon Ad's Music Reveal's Christmas Shopping Hellscape

This will be a little treat for my film score class students! A very witty filmmaker named Omar Najam has remixed one of year’s Amazon holiday season commercials with an menacing film score, transforming Amazon’s warehouse, delivery infrastructure, and customer base into some kind of yuletide dystopia. (I realize this sounds like an impossible feat.)

Najam’s brilliant choice for a replacement score is the main theme music from Captain America: The Winter Soldier itself a conspiracy storyline.

In the ensuing Twitter thread, Najam states that the happy faces on the warehouse workers didn’t sit right with him — to great acclaim from some self-identified Amazon workers.

Here’s the original ad featuring a cover of the song “Can you feel it?” originally by the Jacksons.

Notes on the Spring semester's Tuesday class: Italian opera from The Barber of Seville to Turandot.

Notes on the Spring semester's Tuesday class: Italian opera from The Barber of Seville to Turandot.