Want to know what the end of the world looks like? I can’t say whether it’s a cataclysmic meteor or zombie apocalypse, but I can reveal what will be on TV.
The Turner Doomsday Video is the title of a video intended to be broadcast by CNN at the end of the world. The video, created at the direction of its founder Ted Turner before the network’s 1980 launch, is a performance of (wait for it) “Nearer My God To Thee” performed by multiple members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine bands. “Barring satellite problems, we won’t be signing off until the world ends,” he reportedly said. “When the end of the world comes, we’ll play ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ before we sign off.”
Hopefully we won’t be watching that anytime too soon. In the meantime, why not have a look at UbuWeb, a web-based educational resource for avant-garde material, available on the internet, offering visual and sound poetry, expanding to include film and mp3 archives. It states on its website:
UbuWeb is pleased to present thousands of avant-garde films & videos for your viewing pleasure. However, it is important to us that you realize that what you will see is in no way comparable to the experience of seeing these gems as they were intended to be seen: in a dark room, on a large screen, with a good sound system and, most importantly, with a roomful of warm, like-minded bodies.
However, we realize that the real thing isn’t very easy to get to. Most of us don’t live anywhere near theatres that show this kind of fare and very few of us can afford the hefty rental fees, not to mention the cumbersome equipment, to show these films. Thankfully, there is the internet which allows you to get a whiff of these films regardless of your geographical location.
So there you have it, the end of the world, and what to watch until it arrives. Enjoy!