It’s been a while since we’ve had a new music video from Michel Gondry. In fact, the French directors last dabble in the world of music promos was for Björk’s track “Crystalline” all the way back in 2011. Fortunately Gondry has returned, this time teaming-up with English four-piece Metronomy to bring his own distinctive vision to their new single “Love Letters”.
Thug Entrancer (AKA Ryan McRyhew) is Software‘s latest effort to rethink or change the electronic music landscape. They are releasing the debut of the Chicago-by-way-of-Denver musician’s Death After Life on February 11, a serious dance record intended to experiment and meditate on the TR-808. What’s interesting about the release is it’s clever monotony: it features eight songs called “Death After Life” along with bonus cuts “Ready To Live,” a two part song. All the sounds are coming out of the same pool of 808s but feel particularly polished and new, perhaps what the new life being suggested in the title is.
Santiago Carrasquilla, a designer at Sagmeister and Walsh, and his friend Joe Hollier created one of the coolest video of the year so far. It’s for a song by Gabriel Garzón-Montano called “Everything Is Everything”, and boy is it awesome to watch. Here’s how they did it.
1. Shot a bunch of live action footage. The main character is a man who has played guitar on the corner of 23rd St. and 7 Ave. for the past 10 years.
2. Put the video into an iPad then scanned the it while the films were playing.
3. After gathering thousands of these images they were then re-organized to make what essentially is a stop motion film.
It takes a little while to get going, so if you’re impatient jump to the 1:08 mark for the good stuff.
Austin-based band The Octopus Project‘s latest music video, ‘Whitby,’ is an excellent piece of stop motion animation, starring a bunch of dancing geometric shapes hanging out in a library, kitchen, and other ordinary locations. It was created, shot, and directed entirely by the band themselves, who also have a hand in a lot of the art involved in their packaging and live visuals.
For the last 10 years or so we’ve seen the gradual decline of the music video. I’m not even sure if MTV plays music videos anymore but I’d guess the answer is probably “rarely.” But perhaps we’re not seeing the end of music videos, perhaps they’re just evolving? Yesterday saw the release of two of these evolutionary ideas – a 45 minute psychedelic video for MGMT’s new album Optimizer and an interactive music video for Arcade Fire’s new song “Reflektor.”