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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Making it as a New Artist: Trent Reznor and Techdirt Founder on What to Do Now

We’ve all watched and commented on bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails releasing free albums and still profiting by them. Will this model still work for new artists, though? Trent Reznor posted yesterday that the Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication reissue is “how you sell music today”. As a rebuttal to the usual “that only works for established artists” replies, he’s followed this up with an extended post on what artists who haven’t reached the Beasties or NIN level of profile can do to get established. NIN’s $300 deluxe edition of Ghosts sold out in under two days, grossing $750,000. …

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Live Glitching with MIA at Coachella: Glotchy-Glithcy Videos, Pictures, Live Gig Report

MIA-live glitch test from andrew benson on Vimeo. Our friend Andrew Benson got the attention of MIA here on Create Digital Motion with his real-time glitch creations in Max/MSP/Jitter. Andrew shares some stories from the road with a detailed gig report from Coachella, which reveals a bit of what goes on backstage at these shows. I also really enjoy this clips, because lots of techniques that were once typically pre-rendered or assembled as static motion graphics clips are increasingly applicable in real-time. That makes for an extended palette for visualists – and very good times ahead. Here’s Andrew – a …

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SLR Live: Canon 5D MKII On Tour with Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails have been on tour around Australia with the Soundwave festival, and their artistic director Rob Sheridan has been along for the ride, and took his Canon 5D MKII on stage at various venues. Full HD Version from Nine Inch Nails. Screw resolution charts and slow focus pulls on flora, this is how you test out a camera. Take it up on stage with crushing noise, blistering lights, smoke, sweat, and guitarists flailing around. The 5D has taken it all in stride. All of the videos are available for download in 1280×720. That’s a 650MB file for the …

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How They Work – NIN: Echoplex, Rehearsing Live with Lemur

NIN: Echoplex – Live at Rehearsals, July 2008 from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo. Jaymis at Create Digital Motion was admiring this video and watching the Lemur action at the beginning. It further inspires me to custom-install a touch overlay on my laptop, which isn’t terribly expensive – having touch in a live playing situation is really quite nice. But as I watched the video and its modular synth action and Novation gear, I actually found myself thinking about something else: why aren’t more bands this tight? Most importantly, why don’t more bands simply use in-ear monitors when they’re working? …

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LEDs In The Sky: MomentFactory's "Show Environment" for Nine Inch Nails

MomentFactory have released a video displaying some of the tech behind Nine Inch Nails fantastic Lights In The Sky tour. It’s a heady mix of tech, combining “stealth” LED screens, laser-controlled interactive video, particles, feedback, cameras… Oh my! There’s further information and video available on Wired’s coverage of the show, including future plans from NIN’s art director Rob Sheridan. More: Lights in the Sky Tour Ad. Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo. Thanks for the link: Curtis.

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Ghostss: NIN Video Remix as an Online, Creative Commons-Powered App

Online remix contests are all the rage these days. User-generated content is becoming this decade’s latest annoying buzzword. But visualist engineer Marco Hinic took a different approach. He didn’t create one video remix. He created an app that can create endless video remixes. Nine Inch Nails Ghosts, meet random visual mash-ups from Creative Commons-licensed online videos. Marco describes the effort: A few days ago I released the web site ghostss.com; it’s my entry to the NIN Ghosts Film Festival. It’s an online video remixing application. It builds playlists describing a mix of videos with effects and renders them as an …

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Metallica Attempts to Be Beloved Trent Reznor, Fails

Eliot Van Buskirk has, as always, terrific music coverage for Wired. The story this time: how Metallica’s Radiohead/Nine Inch Nails-style Internet release, free of DRM, seems only to make people angry. It gives a glimpse into how the Internet release could evolve over time, outside the aura of joy in which the latter two bands are enveloped. I can make the story short, though: In many circles, Metallica is no longer cool or never was cool. Lawyer make people MAD. Angry. Smash. (Apparently in addition to going after 60,000 pages of fans on Napster, Metallica doesn’t even like fan-made buttons.) …

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Pay What You Will for Nine Inch Nails, from Free to $300

Trent sez: “Buy all these music formats from meeeeeeeeeee!” Photo: Jenna Foxton. Artists are known to mouth off a bit about the Future of Music and Digital Distribution and whatnot, but Trent Reznor is putting his money — and not money — where his mouth is. Nine Inch Nails Menu of Ordering Options for Ghosts I-IV via Mashable: Practice What You Preach: Nine Inch Nails Gives Away New Album And they certainly have their bases covered with their new album “Ghosts”: Get the first volume of the album free on torrent sites (or via the NIN site) Pay US$5 for …

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Nine Inch Nails Gear pr0n (Sigh), Again

No matter how many music tech toys you have, no matter how many music tech toys you’ve ever seen, Nine Inch Nails still has more. Michael Hetrick writes to point us to his latest post over on KVR: Total Gear-Porn on new NIN site [KVR Audio Forums] It’s especially nice to see some of the no-prisoners, raunchy, tube beauty of Metasonix in there. Of course, we’ve seen Trent and NIN deliver the gear lust before: Hotel Room Studio: NIN’s Rack-Mounted Dual G5s Inside NIN’s Studio on Audiohead

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