silhouettes

Dreamy music videos take you under the sea, light painting in air

Floating Points – Silhouettes (official video) from floating points on Vimeo. Two videos for us today transport us to other imagined worlds. ‘Silhouettes’ from Floating Points is already lush and fantastic, synths crooning atop buttery strings and vocals, cinematic extravagance for a new generation. It’s sexy stuff. And for the video, Barcelona-based experimental filmmakers Pablo Barquín, Junior Martínez, Nathan Grimes, and Anna Diaz Ortuño make some optical fireworks in the form of some seriously sophisticated light painting. At one point in the video the camera pulls back on the rig, and you see that, while the process goes digital, it …

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Animating in Light, Hand-Carved Creations: The Stunning, Glowing Effects of Marilyn Myller

MARILYN MYLLER – Mini Making: Light Effects from Mikey Please on Vimeo. Mastering today’s digital media often means expertly melding optical and digital. One of the films that launched modern digital animation as we know it, ironically, developed its signature look primarily via optical effects. And resonances of that film, Tron, are certainly here. The six-minute short Marilyn Myller gets a bit of everything. It’s hand-carved physical forms, stop-animated. It’s light painting with optical effects, captured digitally. And it seems that optical/digital fusion holds a lot of promise for his medium, including live contexts. I’m certainly inspired watching. Description of …

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3D Light Painting How-To: iPad + Open Tools + LEGOs with Mickael Le Goff

Monark teaser (How to do 3D light-painting) from Mickael Le Goff on Vimeo. When photography meets generative visuals, where real-for-real techniques come together with digital imagery, some special things can happen. Take the surprisingly-effective technique of 3D light painting. If you don’t closely follow our sister music site, you may have missed NI’s Monark synth. But the teaser for it is worth revisiting for its technique. Combining the iPad as a convenient portable screen with generative visuals and an open source 3D and Arduino control rig, it produces a rich, subtle effect that could be worth adding to your arsenal. …

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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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Vimeo Video School Now in Session; Lots of DSLR Tips

Out there on the wild frontier of Teh Internetz, you’ll find a seemingly-endless supply of tips and tutorials and videos. But the quality is, charitably, variable. The fine folks at Vimeo last month opened a “Vimeo Video School” to share techniques, and – appropriate to the higher level of quality control we see from the Vimeo user community – this is a set of tutorials for people who care. In addition to expected 101-level info on things like iMovie and uploading, you’ll find some fairly sophisticated stuff. Each tutorial comes with commentary and a selection of the most helpful footage …

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Painting with Video: Live Projected Wheatpaste with SWEATSHOPPE

SWEATSHOPPE, The Landing from SWEATSHOPPE on Vimeo. Imagine painting with projections, without the use of any paint, live and with out post-production. Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy of the new SWEATSHOPPE collective have done that with the use of Jitter and a laptop, transforming ordinary paint rollers into tools for apply real projections like light graffiti. They demonstrate the work on the walls of New York City neighborhoods. The gimmick alone is striking, but it’s ultimately the design – as usual – that carries their creation and draws you in (so to speak). With brilliant, acidic-neon colors, and high-contrast, Warhol-style …

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Exquisite Music Video Paints Sound, Rhodes, Moog in Light Paint

In the Pocket (Rhodes and Moog Light Paint) from Ethan Goldhammer on Vimeo. Fantastic, hip, soulful keys couple with brilliant stop-motion editing, as a Moog and Rhodes keyboard are splashed with light painting, in this new music video from Ethan Goldhammer. (See his blog for more.) It’s the perfect example of how a much-seen technique can retain its novelty when used creatively, especially as the sound itself seems to dance in light-up oscilloscope patterns. Background: Original music by Ethan Goldhammer and S. Burke. Time Lapse footage shot in August 2008 on Block Island, RI. Stop motion and light paint September …

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This Week in Awesome Videos

It’s Friday, folks. You don’t want to think. You want to give your eyeballs a nice dip in cool, refreshing retinal stimulation. Grab a fistful of eye candy and relax on the couch. Here are just a few to get you started; feel free to add more fodder for weekend watching on comments. CDMusic was host this week to some quite inspiring music videos, stimulating our musical and motional taste buds at once. Final Fantasy’s “Horsetail Feathers,” from earlier this year, perfectly evokes the dreamworlds of the artist. Retro cinematography may be all the rage, but here it blends into …

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