Music videos with actual live video? That’s so expired. Wired: using Flash to create interactive visuals to listen to while you play a track. That’s exactly what our tech-savvy friends in Boston band Freezepop have done (the same folks who I noted have a PlayStation version of themselves and jam live with their PS2s:

Fancy Ultra*Fresh

Kind of makes you want a hip, anime version of yourself, doesn’t it? The good news about Flash, by the way, is that the Macromedia – Adobe merger isn’t likely to threaten Flash — it’s probably why Adobe bought Macromedia in the first place, as Macworld’s Philip Michaels muses. That’s a good thing, though I sure wish there were one killer interactive app: I’m a musician, and I have to deal with Max/MSP, Flash, Director, Processing, Quartz Composer, etc., etc., all with slightly overlapping — but never complete — feature sets.

Er, anyway — hire a starving Flash artist and your band can look cool. Unless there’s a starving Flash artist already in your band, the probability of which is surprisingly high.

  • atomic_afro

    I've already have my little list of hot upcoming Anime-style flash directors:

    Vinnie Veritas
    (An absolute fucking genius, I hope this guy gets the financial backing for a large animation project. Essential: Hoy Te Amo++)
    Andrew Dickman
    (Now working for Warner Brothers, but can still be contacted. Essential: Rockman Neo)
    James Farr
    (Xombie: The Movie coming to a cineplex near you! Essential: Xombie parts 1-6)
    Cycon/Project DCK
    (Just dirty, soooo dirty. Essential: The Wrong Vagina)
    Shawn The Touched
    (Really ahead of the curve with getting home-grown anime off the ground with DVD releases. Essential: Non-Canonical Joke Minute)

    Take your pick…

    Oh and as a bonus, here's the second Rock Gods Of Rock episode:

    How To Be An Armenian


  • admin

    Thanks for the heads-up. Have to say, wasn't as into the Armenian episode of Rock Gods of Rock . . . though, neither it seems, were they.

  • admin

    Watching these videos, incredible stuff . . . lots of talent out there. Now if they can just give us more music-themed stuff like Rock Gods of Rock episode 1. 8)