Polybius: James Houston Makes Old Computers Sing From A Swimming Pool

Polybius

Like many, I was first introduced to the work of James Houston five years ago when he released “Big Ideas (don’t get any)”. Performed on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, an Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer, a HP Scanjet 3c, and a Hard Drive array, the video was a strange and beautiful recreation of Radiohead’s “Nude”, where the bips, chugs and hums of the hardware chimed together in sweet unison.

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Philip Kennedy

August 20, 2013 / By

Takeshi Murata and Oneohtrix Point Never’s Artificial Still Life

Oneohtrix Point Never's Problem Areas 1

Oneohtrix Point Never's Problem Areas 2

“This? is some serious computer generated porn,” DallasCharter says, a note that is the most up voted comment on the new Oneohtrix Point Never music video. The artist much like the video is synthetic. His name is barely able to be articulated without some rigorous athletics because, like his sound, his name is something you expect to be intimidated by: it’s a high end, brilliant, fusing of basic techy concepts with a sublime slant. OPN’s aesthetic is a gold plated Casio. His newest music video feels like this too.

Directed by video maker, tech experimenter, and one of my favorite all time artists Takeshi Murata, the music video for the song is an appropriate mashing of the real and fake and real fake real. “Problem Areas,” the first song off of OPN’s latest single R Plus Seven and his first Warp release, is a typical OPN song highly polished and meditating on a simple chord structure beaten with plain bass and funny synth notes. Like the song, the video is completely artificial. Outside of the human hand pounding a musical or computer keyboard, nothing is actually made by hand: it’s made with a hand and executed by a computer.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

August 2, 2013 / By

‘Moving’: A Stunning Music Film for Travis by Wriggles & Robins

'Moving' by Travis directed by Wriggles & Robins

It should be noted that we are fans of the directing duo Wriggles and Robins, aka Tom Wrigglesworth and Matt Robinson. Bobby first posted about Wrigglesworth’s (with Mathiew Cuvelier) short film, Le Mer de Pianos, back in 2011, and we’ve all continued to anticipate new work ever since. Thus, when W&R’s latest piece of cinematic magic hit our inboxes, we were gleefully flabbergasted as it involved projected animation, warm breath, and the band Travis—not exactly a combination you can easily visualize—and the results are absolutely stunning. We spoke to the duo to find out more.

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Andi Teran

July 18, 2013 / By

Phoenix team-up with CANADA for a Live Performance of ‘Trying To Be Cool’ & ‘Drakkar Noir’

PHOENIX Trying To Be Cool - Drakkar Noir

You’ve gotta hand it to CANADA, those guys know how to direct music videos! Recently they teamed up with The Creator’s Project (a joint effort by Vice and Intel) to film a stylish new promo for French indie quartet Phoenix. Shot completely live, their video sees the band perform a medley of “Trying to Be Cool” and “Drakkar Noir” while the crew frantically change shot every 25 seconds. It’s a fantastic spectacle and one that overflows with inventiveness and creativity.

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Philip Kennedy

July 8, 2013 / By

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