Single Shot Perfection: Colourful Chromakeyed Delay in OK Go’s “WTF”

OK Go have built a career around creative music videos, and their latest “WTF” is no exception: OK Go – WTF? from OK Go on Vimeo. This is a great example of a “high budget”, low budget piece. There has obviously been some investment in a nice chromakey studio to shoot in, and plenty of prototyping of effects and props. I think OK Go are making better use of that investment than the endless, homogeneous “band playing in white studio” clips which pollute our music video ecology like so much floating styrofoam. Of course we’ve all seen video-delay and single …

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Single Shot Perfection: Colourful Chromakeyed Delay in OK Go's "WTF"

OK Go have built a career around creative music videos, and their latest “WTF” is no exception: OK Go – WTF? from OK Go on Vimeo. This is a great example of a “high budget”, low budget piece. There has obviously been some investment in a nice chromakey studio to shoot in, and plenty of prototyping of effects and props. I think OK Go are making better use of that investment than the endless, homogeneous “band playing in white studio” clips which pollute our music video ecology like so much floating styrofoam. Of course we’ve all seen video-delay and single …

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Cheap, Single Shot, Many Shot Music Video: DZ – The Mess Up

This is getting close to the absolute minimum possible for a cheap, fast music video. 2 guys, a camera, a strobe light, and a bottle of Jägermeister. This contains all of the elements that make the quick, single shot video effective: It’s a unique concept, it’s fast and cheap to make, it will grab your attention and evoke a strong reaction, and it’s very personal. The video is for local Brisbane band DZ, who are grabbing some mindshare and attention despite being yet to release an album. I spend a large portion of every day watching music videos, and this …

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Record it Live to the Internet: Indaba Reveals JavaFX-Powered Online Recording Studio

Indaba Music, a community and suite of online tools for musicians, announced today they’ve revamped their online recording and production tool using Java and JavaFX. The result: a platform-agnostic, online interface that allows you to record music “directly to the Internet.” And the band Weezer is excited enough about it that they’re giving their official endorsement. Indaba, along with some others, already had an online music production tool. The new version expands on that idea, allowing you to record audio signal directly online, and beefing up tools for mixing, editing, and looping. Just like tools like GarageBand, a pre-built set …

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Herovision, Flamingo Crash and Simulcast: Streaming Live Now

Herovision is now streaming live from Game On at the State Library of Queensland. This is a test stream, so please forgive any technical issues and dead air you may encounter. Tonight we have Flamingo Crash, followed by Simulcast, and then Herovision. Live! If you’d like to drop in to the chat and say hi, drop in to the Mogulus Channel page. Update: Stream over. Thanks to those who dropped in. If you missed the show, it was all recorded locally so I’ll have everything up on Vimeo soon.

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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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Indie Bands: Taco Bell Wants to Feed You Burritos, Promote You on Hot Sauce

Photo: Morgan Tepsic. Does that mean South Korea has Taco Bells? I usually try to steer clear of the marketing crud, but this is too bizarre to pass up. Taco Bell, anxious to jump on this whole “indie music” bandwagon, is using the only currency it has: combinations of refried beans, cheese, rehydrated ground meat, and tortillas. Here’s the plan: they find 100 bands, and give them $500 in Taco Bell food while they’re on tour — just in case the burritos were the one thing breaking your tour budget. (Okay, there is that whole fuel cost and lodging thing, …

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Exclusive Behind the Scenes: Interpol’s Live Rig

You’ve seen plenty of live rigs with mile-high stacks of keyboards and sound modules. But this setup is different: one of the world’s best bands is using an elaborate setup of software synths. Binding it all together is one of the most sophisticated software configurations I’ve ever seen, the fruits of labors by of our friend Jonathan Adams Leonard – a talented musician and technologist – in Kore 2. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this kind of setup to anyone else; it involved pushing Kore to its bleeding edge. But Jonathan’s walk-through of the hardware and software programming for this show …

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The World’s Hugest Sampler?

Getting fed up with all this Lilliputian nonsense of mobile devices and ever-smaller portable music gadgets? Well, here’s a massive leap in the opposite direction: DIY sound electronics maker and David Crowder*Band drummer Bwack created the biggest, most oversized sampler he could design. From emprise34’s xanga blog, details of Bwack’s Herculean creation: he was commissioned by our good friends from the band family force 5 to construct the largest sampler in the history of live rock music. and, with the assistance of his carpentry proficient padre, don bwack, he has done it. there were a few necessary requirements: one, it …

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Keyboard + Monome = One Crazy DIY Instrument Hybrid by STS9’s David Phipps, Plus New Album/Tour

The Monome is small and elegant, but there’s something to be said for traditional instrumental controllers like a keyboard. So why not combine them? David Phipps of the electronic jam band Sound Tribe Sector 9 did just that, and sends CDM this photo of the project in process. He’s off on a five week tour starting Friday, so it’ll be on hold for a bit, but even not-quite-done I had to share it. David writes: i hope to bring ‘The Peaceblaster’ on tour in the fall. note the unashamed reference to our album available July 8th:) i picked up a …

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