Yahweh Karaoke for Germany

I got up at 3am this morning to put a song together and it is pretty much done. Here’s what I did.

I mixed U2’s “Yahweh” (Track 11, How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb) with a video loop which i found on Jonny Baker’s worship trick 100. The 26MB video is parked here, but the server was down today. Luckily, I have a copy of this excellent piece of German video that runs as a continuous loop for over 4 minutes.

Jonny put different music to it, but I found that U2’s “Yahweh” fits really well, and has quite a few connections with the images. Besides that, I want to use it in Germany, and all the video is taken in Germany by a German company.

I used Quicktime to replace the audio with U2, and I can add the Karaoke lyrics in Arkaos 3.0.2

But wait . . you say . . Arkaos does not come with Karaoke scripts!!

Good point. But I know something you don’t know . . ha ha . Yesterday I emailed Matthieu, the Arkaos developer in Belgium. He got back to me within hours with a number of flash texts including a Karaoke script. I have uploaded the zip file here for those who want it.

flashfiles.zip(This is a 50k zipped file of about 15 Arkaos flash scripts.)

It didn’t work straight away, so i took the Karaoke file (generic.fla) and brought it back into Flash, and then exported it as Flash 5 rather than 6. Then it worked with my version of Arkaos.

Problem: – the song is shorter than the video.

Solution: One is running the video at 105% speed and using a different audio source – either a key on the computer (too processor intensive) or a separate audio source. My new computer will handle this, but the iBook will not.

Another solution: Make a few short loops and add them to the music. Hate to mash a really good song, but I might have to. I could also add a few lines of “Beautiful Day”. Hope Bono wont mind. I think he would be happy we were doing this in Germany.

As you know, U2 went to Berlin for some inspiration and after a difficult time there, produced some great music with a German story.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


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