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Ben Folds new album “leaked”

You have to love a musician these days that is totally self-aware and has a sense of humor to accurately reflect the state of the music industry. Ben Folds has done the unthinkable, he has leaked his own album. Well, yes, it resembles the new album, but he recorded a joke album just to screw with all of us music pirates connoisseurs.

“Singer-songwriter Ben Folds responded to the inevitable leak of his forthcoming album Way To Normal in a unique way: he leaked it himself. Only the songs weren’t real — he spent eight hours recording “fake” versions of six tracks during a late-night Dublin, Ireland session in early July, then let friends work their magic on the Web … “I just think that we all need to remember how to have fun.”

Brilliant. Ben Folds’ sense of humor is of no surprise to any of his fans (umm, “Ben Folds – Bitches Aint Shit“, for one.) Check out clips of some of the fake songs as compared to the real songs.

– Ant

[Ben Folds’ REAL album, Way To Normal, is in stores September 30, 2008.]


I don’t want to be your friend, I just want to be your lover…

After self-releasing their new album, In Rainbows, Radiohead continues to defy the mundane musings of the now defunct music business model: by releasing a music video (mind you, not on MTV) with not one single shot used by a conventional camera. How you ask?

“”House Of Cards”, directed by James Frost of Zoo Films, was created utilizing two technologies: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne Lidar.  The Geometric Informatics scanning system employs structured light to capture detailed 3D images at close proximity, and was used to render the performances of Radiohead’s  Thom Yorke, the female lead and several partygoers.  The Velodyne Lidar system uses multiple lasers to capture large environments in 3D, in this case 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute, capturing all of the exterior scenes and wide party shots. Geometric processed their own data while 510 Systems processed the Velodyne Lidar data. The data was then manipulated by Union Editorial and the Syndicate to create the final result.

How long can Radiohead keep up with this pace of ingenuity? I tend to agree with Thom Yorke’s comments on their new videoless video.

“I always like the idea of using technology in a way that it wasn’t meant to be used, the struggle to get your head round what you can do with it. I liked the idea of making a video of human beings and real life and time without using any cameras, just lasers, so there are just mathematical points–and how strangely emotional it ended up being.”