"I sure do love it when YouTube videos have music that drowns out the sound of the Ferraris and Lamborghinis," said no one ever. And I do mean ever. I can't tell you how many videos we get on a daily basis that are ruined by horrible music.
Maybe I'm completely out of line here, but when I'm on YouTube and I'm watching some Italian exotic get whipped around a track, I want to be able to hear the engine. Same with a rally car eating some gravel for breakfast or an American muscle car having some backroad fun. I want to hear the exhaust note, the squealing tires, the shifting gears.
I want to hear the car.
Is that so much to ask?
Thanks to YouTube, cheap digital cameras and readily available editing software, there is a greater proliferation of car videos than ever before. That's a good thing. The problem is that there are far too many video editors who feel it's appropriate to add awful music that overshadows the sounds of the cars themselves.
There have been times where I have actually turned down running videos on Jalopnik for this exact reason. I have watched them and then said, "Fuck, I can't post this, there's just too much goddamn dubstep. The commenters will eat me alive." It's that bad.
Generally, music adds nothing to car videos. It does not make them better or more awesome. In fact, it detracts from what we're supposed to be experiencing. Show me one hoonage video that has been made better by the addition of music. I think you'll be hard pressed to do it.
So why do so many videographers insist on pumping dubstep at full blast on top of drifting footage?
My inspiration for writing this piece comes from that video of the 750-horsepower quad-rotor Mazda RX-7 going around a mountain from earlier today. It's a great video, and the car sounds amazing. And the video editors did a decent job of making sure the music doesn't overpower the sound of those four rotors being driven in anger. But how much better would the video be if there was no music in it at all?