Tag Archives: Video

VOTD: Animal Collective – My Girls

You can always count on the boys from Animal Collective to give you a trippy video; really, it only matches their musical stylings.  Arguably the best track on Merriweather Post Pavilion, “My Girls” conjures the Beach Boys sense of melody and the technical keyboard prowess we have come to expect from AC. It’s too fitting the video looks like it was shot from the inside of a lava lamp.

If you haven’t yet, you need to listen to this album.

– Ant

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Contest Winner Creates New Video For Radiohead

Radiohead premiered their new video via myspace, and as usual, it’s beautiful. The video was created by a fan via a contest held by Radiohead. Thom Yorke had the following to say: “here is one of my favourite video things that has ever happened for “Reckoner” it is, the result of somebody entering a competition to make an animation to one of the tunes on IN RAINbows.” The video follows a lush forest of follicles, with trees sprouting and the eventual leveling to create a cold and self-depleting metropolis, so, home. Check it out below…

– Ant

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.”