All of us at Indie Street are stoked to be partnering up with #000000;" data-mce-mark="1">Maria Dicieanu, Submarine Channel author and former 2Pause.com editor, to bring you a monthly serving of some of the most artistic, innovative music videos currently being produced! #000000; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;"> #000000; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;">For our first installment of "Maria's Pick", the featured music video for May is an interactive spectacle well worth checking out! Maria discusses the intricacies of the #000000;">video for the late Jeff Buckley's cover of “Just Like a Woman” below: #000000; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;">"The undeniable “kings of interactive music videos”, aka peeps at Interlude (responsible for Bob Dylan's “Like a Rolling Stone”), released yet another gorgeous online experience, this time for the late Jeff Buckley's unreleased cover of “Just Like a Woman”. Making use of graphic novel inspired panels, the interactive music video gives users the possibility of choosing between 4 different story lines within each new window: the boy's, the girl's, the happy boy+girl couple and its almost separated version. "The goal of this video is for both existing and new fans to enjoy many ways of experiencing the music, and for each individual audience member to return over and over to be involved with the emotion differently each time," said Yoni Block, Interlude CEO and co-founder. A perfect concept given the song itself is both a recent release and a reinterpretation of Bob Dylan classic at the same time. Find out more about how the music video was made by watching its making of." #000000; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;">You can check out the music video via Buckley's official site and try your hand at visually composing your own narratives to complement the music with just a click of your mouse! For the best viewing experience, Google Chrome is the suggested browser. Enjoy & see you next month! #000000; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;">About Maria: #000000; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;">"Multimedia in Human Form. Media researcher. Journalist. Filmmaker. PR and Social Media Mind. Cinephille. TV Shows aficionado. Books Lover. Music Video guru and former curator of the 2Pause.com project"
A hypnotic, trippy face in front of an ever-changing, geometric background is what greets you throughout the music video for “End of the Trail” by Shit Robot. Created by Irish Director Kevin McGloughlin, the Irishman wanted to find a way to create depth and complexity behind the eyes - simultaneously showing growth and decay. To create the visuals behind the concept, McGloughlin used an adapted form of a technique known as strata-cut. In strata-cut, a marbled ball of clay is cut into thin layers, with each cut resulting in a photograph taken of what is revealed between the cuts. Stop motion animation makes it look like the marbled image in the clay is moving. McGloughlin's variation of this, which he named "digi-cut", uses a series of digital files of the singer's face to create a similar effect. Read here to learn more about this unique, digital technique and be sure to watch the effects in action by checking out the music video for “End of the Trail”.
This year for Music in Our Schools Month, Chrome Music Lab sought to make learning not just more accessible to everyone but a lot more fun! Using colorful technology on the web with a freely available Web Audio API, the Music Lab is a collection of experimental ways anyone young or old can learn how music works. The rad technology has extended past the classroom and now anyone can create and manipulate different sounds to their heart’s content. It’s definitely worth playing around with as it's a really cool platform that fuses music, technology, art and enjoyment. With the open source code, you can even build your own and take the experiments further! Hop on over to the Chrome Music Lab and get composing!
Think you have the next innovative idea to hit the music tech industry? Good news! SXSW will be hosting its third Music Hackathon this year and will ask hackers of all kinds (designers, programmers, musicians, artists and more) to team up and think of news way to get cash directly into the pockets of artists/rights-holders as well as find new ways to bring tech into performances and improve the listening experience. They will have 24 hours to execute an idea and strategy within these three categories: commerce, creation and consumer. The event will begin on Tuesday, March 15 in Salon D at the Hilton Austin Downtown, with hacker teams competing for $10,000 in prizes and prestige. Are you going to be at SXSW and think you have the next big idea? What are you waiting for?! Read more here and then go sign up!
Composer Olivia Block recently found a new source of inspiration and sound for her musical arrangements: noise. Anything from trains, machinery, to talking and everything inbetween, urban ambience holds a sense of musicality to her ear.After purchasing an old tape recorder that had an unlabeled, used tape inside of it, Block wasted no time and listened to what happened to be the ghostly voice of a man back in 1988, listing businesses and addresses into the recorder. With a newfound fascination with sounds that shouldn't be heard or even appreciated and given a second thought, Block now collects these tiny cassettes. She often uses the forgotten analogue voices and random noises in her arrangements. To hear more about Block's love of Chicago city sounds, check out her interview with NRP.