Synesthesia: Beautiful, Surreal Short Film Imagines Sound Across Senses

At Music Tech Fest in London last month, I gave a talk and did an afternoon-long workshop exploring ways of connecting visuals to sound. We worked with pen and paper, with patching (in Pd), with code (in Processing), and via a survey of some interesting recent work, in this case all connected to drawing. A theme of the conference had been “synesthesia.” But it’s important to note that synesthesia goes beyond just making music visual. It deals with people actually having a sensory experience in which one input (like sound) triggers a different sense (like smell or color). Sure enough, …

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Motion-Controlled, Motion-Tracked, Single-Shot Music Video: Cowper – Morning Prayer

Hello CDMo! Long time no post! Apologies for my extended reclusion. In between buying a house and changing full time jobs from Web Guy to Video Guy, it’s been an exciting time to be a Jaymis. Happily, I now find myself in an ideal situation: Working as part of a small team, on interesting and varied projects, at Graetzmedia. Rather than trying to find time for video in between website builds, my daily grind is all about visuals, installations, creative programming and production. Of course, having time to create is much more fun if there’s gear to use, and the …

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Fresh Work From Beeple! 3D Sound Robots with Instrumental Video Nine

Hey, everyone! Look, there’s a new video from Beeple! instrumental video nine from beeple on Vimeo. Now, some background: We’ve been following the awesome Beeple, AKA Mike Winkelmann, since back in the day. He even gave an interview to Momo about his techniques in FL Studio, Vegas and After Effects. This new piece continues the high-end progression we’ve see, through simple, stylised 3D in Sub Prime, to the lovely, detailed, laser-guided awesomeness you see above. Beeple’s vimeo channel also features loops and test renders released under Creative Commons license! Yay Beeple!

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Metronomy – A Thing For Me: Inventively Motion-tracked Music Video

One of the big advantages of building a project around a single effect or idea is that you can spend time experimenting, and build interesting permutations of your central idea: A Thing For Me from Metronomy on Vimeo. From a ridiculously basic central tenet, and some reasonably simple motion-tracking and animation, this piece unfolds some fascinating and entertaining ideas.

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Weekend Inspiration: 360 Degree Views – Hot Chip & Merlot = Tasty!

360° “lenses” (which generally aren’t actually lenses, but spherical reflectors) are perfect for simple, single-shot video production. Especially given some inventive viewpoints, staging, or post-production. Recently Merlot’s “Loser” impressed me with its combination of a surround angle shooting and a snorricam setup. LOSER – Merlot from Julien Widmer on Vimeo. I was reminded of this today by Hot Chip’s “One Life Stand”: “Reflective sphere dangling in front of the camera” is probably the easiest way for someone to get started with this kind of shoot. The Hot Chip piece physically rotates the camera so as not to lose resolution, but …

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Drum Lapse: Rock Band Network on CDMu, Gaming as Gateway to Technological Performance

Through my adventures with the Herovision project and Game On (previously on CDMo), I’ve posted a bit about Rock Band and rhythm gaming. Alongside the recent public beta release of Rock Band Network, Peter posted a QA with some more technical details on how the process works. As digital creatives and performers, I can imagine that plenty of visualists will be interested in this, and authoring a track utilizes skills – rhythm, midi sequencing – that are already in your arsenal. Apart from the musical side, each song for Rock Band Network also requires a “Camera and Lights” track (official …

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Crowd-Produced Concert Video: Nine Inch Nails' "The Gift" from Lights In The Sky Tour

One Frame Of Fame shows us how a band can use viral culture and crowdsourcing to grab some publicity and make a couple of thousand people “stars” of a music video. But what could you achieve if you already have a surfeit of fans? For a couple of years, Trent Reznor and the Nine Inch Nails’ crew have been exploring new ways of releasing music and interacting with fans: Getting them to create visuals for their Ghosts release, having art director Rob Sheridan shoot video on stage with his DSLR, creating innovative, interactive concert visuals, and sharing insights on how …

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One Frame Of Fame, More Is Less: Stop-Motion Crowdsourced Music Video

The video for C-Mon & Kypski‘s “More is Less” is currently being created from the tastiest of building blocks. The piece is crowdsourced, designed in a way which is eminently viral, gets fans involved, and yet doesn’t really cost the filmmakers much, beyond the back-end programming required to make it all happen. Of course, the back-end requirements for the piece are not insubstantial, but the execution is flawless: A flash application chooses a frame for you, and cross-fades it with your webcam input so you can get your pose matched up correctly. The capture has a countdown, and allows you …

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Music Video Fun! Ingredients: Vixid, Rear Projection, Feedback, Effects, Pizza

It’s been a while since I’ve banged on about my experiments in cheap, fast music video production, but that doesn’t mean I’ve slowed down. Recently I got a group of my favorite things together: A projector, a $4 Ikea rear projection screen, my Vixid mixer, Korg Entrancer, video camera, some home made pizzas, and Canadian Whiskey. What followed was a couple of hours of partying, playing with shadows and video feedback, a bit of editing, and a subsequent music video release, for Edward Guglielmino‘s Settle Down With Me: Edward Guglielmino – Settle Down With Me from Jaymis on Vimeo. I’ve …

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Millennium Two. Decade One: Videos.Antville Votes on Top 101 Music Videos of the Decade

I have a pathological dislike of lists masquerading as blog posts. Too many “bloggers” spend a couple of minutes googling around on a random subject, find a couple of links, and then decide that they’ve collated the “Top 10 Best Navel Lint Collections“. That said, I’m all about the community-voted lists of awesome stuff, especially music videos. I always look forward to the Triple J (Australia’s publicly funded “youth” radio station) Hottest 100, as it generally heralds a weekend of fantastic music video programming. Videos.Antville is one of my favorite music video sites. The community posts an eclectic mix of …

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