Thursday, October 15, 2009

MycroProcessor Interview

MycroProcessor is one of the most revered and respected Tennis Poopers. His style features an entrancing blend of colors and layers mixed with some intense earrape and occasional well-crafted YTPMV's. In this interview, he gives us his insights about Poop, as well as a personal background and how he came to be.

KevinTAckerman: To start off, how did you come across Youtube Poop? And when exactly did you start getting into it?

MycroProcessor: Im not sure of what the initial YTPs that I watched were, but I do know that I saw the name YouTube Poop on a few videos before I watched any and thought it sounded stupid so I didn't watch them. The ones that I remember watching while new to what it was were some by Vodazvezda, he had uploaded video game music that I liked, and then started uploading a few YTPs, quite a few of them I liked. I also remember coming across Bobomb99s YTPs after one was a related video to one of my non-YTP videos from a different account. One other encounter with the videos was when my friend was obsessed with the This is Sparta! meme because of the music, and I found a Mama Luigi Sparta remix. Since the source seemed so goofy, I searched for the source and found a few of the tons of YTPs that had used that source. I do not know the order that these three things occurred, but those are the multiple times that I was initially exposed to these types of videos. I actually made two video that had Myst characters lip-synced to parts of that episode and other memes (at the time I thought mixing sources with memes what a YTP was), though I didnt like that style of editing very much since I preferred things to seem completely spontaneous and memes prevented that. Very shortly following that, what really got me to like them and get in to making them was when I saw a tennis match for the first time (SesakaBlargh vs. GameBop) after searching to see if there were any MegaMan YTPs. I found Sesakas videos first, but then I saw GameBops which used some really obscure sources that I didn't think anyone would be familiar with other than me. He was and still is the one of the only users besides me that frequents use of the same types of adventure game sources as much as I do. This was also when I realized that a YTP could pretty much be whatever you want, so I just made videos without worrying if it would get views or anything. Also, a lot of YTP's by GameBop and Sesaka at the time were similar to the types of abstract edits I had done with just audio, and I even had made some video edits similar in style to these, so I realized that these types of effects were things that wouldn't just be completely overlooked if I uploaded them (I actually now have used small sections of these in many of my videos). Thats about when I made a new account just for YTPs and started making almost nothing but those, and I started doing a bunch of tennis matches, the first started was actually with GameBop. I've never really slowed down since then because collaborating with other users in tennis matches prevents me from getting away from these videos that I like.

KTA: How do you choose the material you put in your Poops? Also, are there any sources that you prefer to use?

MP: I sort of think of YTPs as an odd tribute to the sources I use in the videos Im making, so I use sources of things that I like or have liked a lot. My biggest interest outside of YTPs may be older PC adventure games so thats my most frequent type of source to use, specifically the games in the Myst series, Alida and Obsidian. Also since most of my videos are tennis rounds, I try to have the sources I use in them include something that spans the interests of both me and the other person in the match. For example I added Sonic 2 and Rocket Knight Adventures in to my match with Furnessly since I liked those games and hes used Mega Drive games as sources frequently. One other thing is that I also like to do is use more obscure sources of things that I don't think very many people will be familiar with, so I often look to see if I can find sources of things like that. For tennis I also want to see what people will come up with for editing the sources that I added in the next round, so I try to uses sources in tennis matches that I want to see edited in different ways.

KTA: As an avid tennis-Pooper, how do you decide who to face? Do you accept match requests from random people or are you more stringent when it comes to deciding your opponents?

MP: I usually decide who to face by finding people who have styles that I think would work interestingly with my styles and then asking them for a match. Also I'm more likely to want a match with someone if they have similar interests to me so that we can reference them in the match. I'm fine accepting tennis requests from pretty much anyone, however that unfortunately causes me to have a ton of matches that I leave in a long queue of matches that I plan to have, because of this I do allow people that I really want to tennis the most to interrupt the order of that list.

KTA: What are your first thoughts going into a tennis match? Do you tend to think competitively or are you relaxed and more intent on having fun?

MP: Almost always I am closer to "relaxed and having fun", however my style usually is very intense, and I don't want any of my videos to be lower quality than previous ones, so often I really try to make every round as good as I can within the time frame that I'm trying to make the video. Usually my first thoughts going in to a tennis match are related to seeing how various sections of the videos will evolve and eventually turning in to something more complex after being able to see each step every round. I always try to strongly connect my tennis rounds to the previous round by adding to ideas that the previous round presented.

KTA: Have you ever been dissatisfied with a video you made?

MP: Yes, it's actually very common for me to not be satisfied with the end result of one of my videos despite how much I try to prevent that. This happens about 30% of the time.

KTA: How much time do you normally put into your videos?

MP: Well, currently 8 hours seems to be the average that I estimate. It's usually broken up by one or two longer 2-3 hour sessions of editing, and other much shorter editing sessions that eventually mix in to equate to what I think is probably 8 hours total.

KTA: Out of all your videos, which ones are you most pleased with? Also what is your favorite match that you've been in?

MP: Currently I'm the most pleased with "The proper vowels go inside the ARTICLE TO fiberglass TO potentiometer in 7/8 TIME" and "[o] of & 5$; ? An increase which does decrease thus far? quot? " ? ;".My favorite matches that I was in would have to be the ones with GameBop, htilden42, Furnessly and GreatBritishTurd. I like those all for different reasons, so it's difficult to decide on an absolute favorite of those.

KTA: Do you have any favorite Poops by other people?

MP: Currently some of my favorite YTP's that were made by others are:
- "Quicktime magazine - Issue no. 52" by GameBop,
- "Still a Bad time for Quicktime I see" by GameBop,
- "Sorry Caitlin" by Aesaun
- "I WANNA DISCO ON YOUR RIDE TAKE A STICK" by DanielRadcliffe777.
- "5" by Ophios
- "YTP: [)4ff'(]" by GreatBritishTurd

KTA: I noticed you’re involved with a Tennis League and have been in several tournaments. What is that experience like? Does it feel any different from being in regular tennis matches?

MP: The main difference in the feel is that there is a time limit with a lot more priority. Being too slow to make a round could negatively affect your progress in the tournament due to penalties, or your teammates in the cases of tennis tournaments where you're on a team.

KTA: One tournament that really sticks out to me is the WMM Tournament. You appeared to have a good grasp on that tool even though you hadn’t used for your videos in a long time. How did it feel revert back to WMM and how difficult was it to get used to it again?

MP: It wasn't really too hard to get used to again since I used it from time to time still, just not for the primary program. The main thing that I had to adjust to though was the fact that many ideas I would have for editing the previous rounds and sources were not possible to do (or at least were way more difficult to do) in WMM.

KTA: How did it feel to upload your first Poop to Youtube? And how hard was it to get accustomed to making them on a daily basis?

MP: When I made my first YTP, I didn't know that what I had uploaded was a YTP (However I did have it tagged as such because of using some sources that at the time I thought even using would qualify the video as a YTP). It didn't seem any different than the other videos that I uploaded to my old account since every video was basically Myst juxtaposed with some fad.. I'm pretty sure that at the time I actually thought that a YTP was a video that used a few specific memes in it (specifically the Mama Luigi episode), so when a comment made me realize that the actual nonsensical style was YTP-esque, I started making a lot more pretty easily since I already had a lot of small sections of my old videos on my old account that were like that (which I already edited on a daily basis). The only difference is that pretty much since then I've only been focusing on YTP's rather than any other type of video.

KTA: A lot of Poopers hold you in high regard, including well known ones like McMaNGOS and CommanderGwonam. How do you react to the feedback you receive?

MP: I generally like getting the positive feedback that I receive. Sometimes it surprises me how much people like my videos in comparison to others.

KTA: What styles of Poop do you like and dislike?

MP: I like most styles of YTP, the weirder the style the seems to me, the more likely I am to like the videos. Specifically I like audio/visual de-synchronization, "ear rape", seizures, abstract/artistic, eerie, effect based and musical styles. The main style that I dislike is word splicing, especially if it's word splicing altered to say profanity or sexually suggestive things, similarly I don't like sentence mixing if it's in that direction either. I prefer videos that are interesting visually over ones that people make because they think the videos are humorous, I can usually still appreciate videos of the styles that I dislike if they're well done or truly clever though.

KTA: What is your opinion on mainstream Poopers, like Deepercutt and KroboProductions?

MP: They're fine in my opinion. It's just that there are plenty of people at a just as good and far better level with far less people watching. The only things that I can think of that annoy me about them is that often people act like everyone who has a similar style to them is trying to copy them when that isn't the case at all frequently in those situations, and that they take attention away from people that have more original ideas at times.

KTA: What is Youtube Poop to you? Do you see it as a form of art or a hobby?

MP: Usually I see YTP as editing things that I like in ways that are unusual or interesting to watch. If it's a tennis match, collaborating adding things that I like with the other player to see what the end result is like. I see it as both a form of art and a hobby.

KTA: Are there any underrated Poopers you feel deserve more attention?

MP: As far as people who are still active go, some that come to mind right now immediately are:- htilden42- Architect1 (52ofem)- CorruptionSound- silver007sm- Skrimpish

KTA: For you, what is the hardest part of making a Poop?

MP: Usually either getting started on the video initially since sometimes I just stare at a blank project file for 30 minutes, or trying to make the video in a limited amount of time where I'm forced to cut out a lot of the ideas that I get because they would take too long to make.

KTA: Lastly, what are your thoughts about the future of Youtube Poop? Do you see it as a dying fad or a style that is slowly picking up steam? Also, how long do you intend to keep making Poops and where do you think it will take you?

MP: I think that YTP keeps getting people that come up with more original styles still after all of this time already, it definitely isn't dying, it's increasing in expanse of directions that it can go. People will just continue with coming up with more original styles in to the future, and as more software comes out, even more different ideas will emerge. I think that even many very old ideas haven't been completely used up in potential for expanding off of those either.I think I'll keep making these videos for a long time, especially considering that I did editing sort of like this a long time ago, they just weren't in any category at that time. I think it's likely that I may slow down a ton or go on a long hiatus intermittently returning, but I don't think I'll ever completely quit making videos in a style like this. So far YTP's have got me even more interested in video editing than I already was, and I've often thought of trying to apply edits similar to what I make with YTP to other abstract video editing not under that label.

KTA: Thank you for your time, MycroProcessor.

-Article by KevinTAckerman

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