My God, It’s Full of Timelapse Stars! BT’s Stargazing Music Video [Timelapse, DSLR]

Over 13 minutes. BT’s “13 Angels On My Broken Windowsill” playing. And nothing but timelapse footage of starscapes above fields and farms on Planet Earth. All of this could be corny, and yet… Nope. It’s a breathtaking virtual-stargazing love song to the Milky Way. Clever use of DSLR cameras makes the unseen realm of our starscape home beautifully clear, thanks to expert photographer Randy Halverson. Halverson not only cuts through light pollution to make the star-crowded cloud of our galaxy easier to see, but creates a theatrical sense of depth in layers of relief. BT, whose music here is spacious …

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My God, It's Full of Timelapse Stars! BT's Stargazing Music Video [Timelapse, DSLR]

Over 13 minutes. BT’s “13 Angels On My Broken Windowsill” playing. And nothing but timelapse footage of starscapes above fields and farms on Planet Earth. All of this could be corny, and yet… Nope. It’s a breathtaking virtual-stargazing love song to the Milky Way. Clever use of DSLR cameras makes the unseen realm of our starscape home beautifully clear, thanks to expert photographer Randy Halverson. Halverson not only cuts through light pollution to make the star-crowded cloud of our galaxy easier to see, but creates a theatrical sense of depth in layers of relief. BT, whose music here is spacious …

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Hope: In Piano Gestures and Glitches, a Gorgeous Free Compilation from Japan

kaiwa; from mitsuru shimizu on Vimeo. Quietly melancholic piano gestures and reversed piano hammer strokes collide like waves against glitch-infused rhythms in hope3.0, the output of elementperspective. The “sound & design label” from Osaka weaves together a diverse group of promising Japanese artists, showing in many cases sonic maturity that belies their young average age. The balance between minimal, glittering piano prettiness and raw, digital rhythms is perfectly on evidence in the music video at top, for Mitsuru Shimizu’s triumphant “kaiwa;” – a real highlight of the set. The photographer and self-described “sound proposer” produces visuals and sounds alike here. …

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Glitch: Exquisite Textiles, Made from a Circuit-Bent Point-and-Shoot Camera

As winter’s chill sets in, any self-respecting lover of digital visual distortions will no doubt be curling under the protective warmth of a glitch blanket. New York-based artist Phillip David Stearns, himself a kind of guru of glitch, has produced detailed, organic patterns spun out of camera hacks. Via machine knitting and weaving, complex, non-repeating patterns from the cameras produce landscapes of color. While produced by machine malfunction, the results seem strangely natural, cascades of interwoven hues sweeping through the cloth. Stearns, for his part, describes the results as ironic, “a platform for fashioning corrupted memory,” but I think that …

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A Robot Paints with Light, in New Daedelus Music Video

Daedelus’ saturated electric rhythms themselves have the kind of blinding quality of light, so recent visuals fit that sonic aesthetic nicely, from the shards of reflected projection that blaze from motorized mirrors in his touring “Archimedes Show” to this, the new music video for “Platforming.” Perhaps taking on a new life as renegade tag artist, an assembly-line robot makes spectacular abstract artwork, cutting geometries into space. There’s certainly a zeitgeist going on: director Chris Cunningham uses lasers and robots in a spectacular new show: Chris Cunningham Unveils His Most Intense Project Yet (And It Includes Robots And Lazers) [Creators Project] …

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Hello, Dolly Time Lapse: Upstart DIY Funnel Web Spider Dolly Hardware Makes Gorgeous Footage

Funnel Web Spider Dolly Time lapse reel 2012 from Laww Media on Vimeo. In the latest potential triumph for original, DIY hardware funded via the Web, the Funnel Web Spider Dolly shows off jaw-dropping timelapse footage, in which capture is married to motion. Our friends at Wollongong, Australia-based Laww Media designed this project themselves, and are now using this gorgeous video to promote the hardware. With enough preorders, they can put it into production. The trick: motors that allow this sort of flexible capture. And you’ll see the dolly itself is quite compact. More: Here is a time-lapse video showing …

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Animated GIFs, From Ancient Internet History to Modern Digital Fashion

It’s more than nostalgia or retro charm. Somehow, as we reflect on early digital creations through modern filters, we see something oddly new. And so it is with the animated GIF. In an unusually-frenetic video from the USA’s viewer-supported public broadcaster, PBS, you can trace the animated GIF from its early history through some surprisingly-fresh experiments with the medium today. In those short, flickering images, a new kind of stuttering movement emerges. It’s informed, too, by VJ culture and club visuals, by rapid-fire experimental editing, by the interplay in digital realms between the still photograph and the video. I watched …

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Dance and Photography Combine Beautifully in Music Video for The Mast

Plenty of music videos resort to the “just shoot a dancer, dancing about” formula. But a video by Haale Gafori for The Mast proves simply transcendent. High-speed photography captures every percussive twitch of the dancer, who explodes clouds of particles (flour?) against a void-like black. It’s elegantly shot and edited, finally interpersing shots that project photography against the dancer’s body for a textural counterpart. No special effects here: this is simply brilliant motion photography perfectly tuned to music. The people who deserve the credit: Music by The Mast (Matt Kilmer and Haale Gafori). Directed and designed by Haale Gafori. Director …

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2000 Photos, Held by 300 Fans, Make a Stop-Action Music Video for j.viewz

Artists these days are always grasping for ideas to involve fans. In a video for j.viewz’ “rivers and homes,” fans literally get in on the act. Give the video above a moment – after a more conventional intro, it shifts to a stop-motion sequence made from photographed stills of the film. Some 2000 photos, printed out and then held up by 300 fans, then fuse again into motion, beneath the smiling faces of the artist’s most loyal fans. We’ve seen this sort of special effect before, but certainly not with fans helping produce the motion. Not to give away the …

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Music Making, Shared: Communal Ambient Tracks Explore Instagram Photos, Lisbon, and More

This collection of Instagram photos inspired an ambient compilation at the end of last year – one well worth adding to your listening queue now. Since then, challenges opened to a community on SoundCloud have produced hundreds of terrific tracks – and the latest weekly challenge is on now, with a deadline midnight Monday. Where do you get your ideas? Sometimes, it can be a challenge just to start a track, or can simply feel a bit, well, lonely. Finding fellow music makers can solve that. Artists gathering around SoundCloud and online ambient music chronicle Disquiet work together, with inspiration …

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