Black Black Hills: The Celebration

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Black Black Hills – “The Celebration” from Blac Ionica on Vimeo.

It’s a celebration bitches! Well this isn’t actually the kind of celebration you might want to be in attendance for. Here is a quote from the creative team involved with directing and producing the video, ‘The Celebration’ is a thematically and emotively dark sounding song. Because of this we wanted to tell a simple but very cinematic and gripping story focusing on the atmosphere of the track without being a literal translation of the lyrics.’ You can catch the rest of the right up here. The video was directed by Blac Ionica.

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Washed Out: Before

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I cannot stop listening to Washed Out lately. Actually my entire studio keeps listening to Washed Out. It’s quite possibly some of the best music to create too that has been released in quite some time. I think you can catch the vibe via the video above.

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Celadore: Kinks in Armour

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“An 80’s wedding goes bad when guests from hell, hijack the proceedings to the horror of the unsuspecting wedding band.”

Writer/Director: Sean Rodrigo
DOP: Eugene Perepletchikov
Camera: Peter Miranda and Mike Anthony Smith
Art Director: Georgie Barnett
Production Manager: Penny Vickery
Hair and Makeup: Pina Guadagnino
Production Assistant: Michael Repich
Edit: Alister Robbie

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Jeez Louise: Secret Skwirl

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This is the strange, whimsical but fun to watch official music video for Jeez Louise’s single ‘Secret Skwirl’ directed and animated by Maxime Bruneel.

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Soundscreen Design

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Soundscreen Design is a collection of graphic t-shirts anchored by an interesting concept that asks the musicians themselves to create artwork for graphic tees promoting their band or just because. Surprisingly or rather not surprisingly (considering that musicians are artists) there are some pretty damn cool tees in their store. If you like the musicians responsible for their creation it serves as a bit of a double bonus.

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Anatomy of a Mashup

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“A mashup is a song created by blending two or more other songs. The more complex a mashup gets, the harder it is to distinguish the parts that are being used to create what you’re hearing. This visualisation of the song “Definitive Daft Punk” by Cameron Adams dissects a mashup in realtime to show you how each of the 23 parts contributes to the greater whole.”

Super fun little project to watch. It would be great to see some more songs loaded in there maybe a little somethin’ somethin’ by Girl Talk. Just a suggestion.

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Nightcrawler, a member of Medusateam lays down some beats and sets them to a throwback horror psychedelic freakout that might just get you jumping in your seat.

Creative direction: Nightcrawler
Music & video produced by: Nightcrawler
Company: Marathon beat

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The Stupid Orchestra

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“Arranged like a symphony orchestra, approximately 200 antique vacuums, mixers and washers are transformed into musical instruments. They form an ensemble that the conductor, harpsichordist and composer Michael Petermann, alias weiserrausch.de, has now completed after eight years of preparation: The Stupid Orchestra.”

This installation is currently on display at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (mkg-hamburg.de).

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!!! – My Intentions Are Bass

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!!! or Chk Chk Chk if you are so inclined took a night from boogie nights with some long tracking shots in this super fun to watch video with an equally super fun music track to match. There are some classic moments in this one.

Directed by: Saman Keshavarz (samankeshavarz.blogspot.com)
Associate Producer: Nate Eggert
Producers: Francis Pollara, Tom Lee
Executive Producers: Lanette Phillips
Commissioner: Laura Tunstall
Cinematographer: Justin Gurnari
Art Directors: Evangeline Joo, Mike Rios, Jillian Mamey
Editor: Nate Tam
Visual FX: Gabe Valente
Additional Visual FX: Alessandro Schiassi
Label: Warp Records (warp.net)
Production Company: Mighty 8 (mighty8.tv)

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Klaxons – Twin Flames

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This video was directed by Saam Farahmand for the Klaxons single ‘Twin Flames’. Disturbing is probably an apropos adjective in this case if you want to put it mildly with a touch of sarcasm. ‘WTF’ spoken by clearly enunciating each word as opposed to saying the acronym might also be a proper response. Regardless of what you might think out loud or inward this is a strange but technically accomplished piece of art.

Director: Saam Farahmand
Production Company: Partizan
Post House: BlindPig@ Absolute
Producer: Fenella Sanderson
Commissioner: Emily Tedrake
DOP: Dan Bronks
Editor: Gus Herdman@Trim

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Edit is a project in which each participating designer was asked to represent a musical genre using only one element and one typeface that clearly states the genre. The end result is a series of minimalist posters available for purchase.

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Wishery (Disney Remix)

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POGO is at it again only this time instead of visual trickery Snow White-style it’s audio instead. It’s still a brilliant little piece of music and will only definitely peak interest in the new mixup mashup internet audio-visual art landscape that we have only just begun spiraling into.

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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

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I have expressed just how much I love the newest album from Arcade Fire and what a poignant album ‘The Suburbs’ is for someone in their 30s reflecting back on their childhood and wondering at what point do you begin calling yourself an ‘adult’. I can’t think of a better director to communicate that loss of innocence and those inner rumblings than Spike Jonze and that is exactly what he has achieved in this music video for the title track of the album. It’s beautiful and it’s pure Spike Jonze. It also works absolutely perfectly with the music. Bravo.

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Lykke Li – Get Some

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I must admit to being a big fan of Lykke Li and this latest video strengthened my resolve. You can download a free copy of the track here.

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The Light of Life

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This has been online for 9 months already but is still worth sharing for the accolades it garnered alone. ‘The Light of Life’ was directed by Daihei Shibata with piano by Naomi Yaguchi and music by Debussy featuring the song “Clair de Lune”. Beautiful video.

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Sam O’Hare put together this awesome video of the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. You can learn a little more about the project straight from O’Hare himself here. I really love the effect utilized to create videos like these.

Original music by Human (humanworldwide.com)
Composer: Matthew O’Malley
Lead Vocal: Alexx Calise
Music Producer/CD: Mike Jurasits
EP: Marc Altshuler

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Foals – Blue Blood

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Chris Sweeney directed this video for the Foals single ‘Blue Blood’. It’s a good song equaled by great casting and a confidently energetic performance by a young actor. Is it just me or are ‘all’ the good music videos now online (and they look better on Vimeo)?

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Too Many Miracles

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There is some excellent compositing done by John Harrison in this video for Badly Drawn Boy’s single ‘Too Many Miracles’. The video was directed by Sam Mason and produced by Tamsin Glasson. I should also note that I am a big fan of Badly Drawn Boy. Double whammy.

Music: Dadly Drawn Boy
Direction: Sam Mason
Animation: Robin Bushell
Compositing:  John Harrison
Producer: Tamsin Glasson
Production: Colonel Blimp

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