Visualizing the Frequencies of Science vs. Music

Here’s a pretty brilliant execution at merging the audio to the visuals because in this instance the music was actually created after the film was made. Although, you’d never know really because the two really work so seamlessly together.

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“Small Hands,” a Stunning New Bittersweet Video for Keaton Henson

Keaton Henson “Small Hands”

Written and directed by Joseph Mann, this video is a complete mastery of puppetry – comprised of these intricately designed scenes of an almost magical forest that’s filled with these incredibly detailed woodland creatures living amongst themselves in nature. In short, it’s about nature, the survival of the fittest, the fact that we (no matter in human or animal form) are simply afraid at times to go through life… alone.

Once you start playing the video, the music leads you into the forest and you’re introduced into this fantastic world – even if it’s only for a few minutes. And while you’re watching in a gaze, you find yourself forgetting for those brief moments that you’re watching puppets or even listening to a song… and that, my friends, is a mark of excellence with this piece. I totally lost myself in this video and now, because of that, I have to seek out more music by Keaton to see what else I might be missing…

"Small Hands"

 

MAKE SOME MUSIC ::: Turn your volume UP ::: Click to REMIX and share

Oh, and I forgot to mention, “Happy New Year” from everyone at Mono. Who are they you say? They’re a pretty popular design agency based in Minnesota (that’s Min-eh-soooooooooooo-dah) for those outsiders. So these guys do some pretty cool stuff for some pretty cool companies. Some you may have heard of: Apple, NBA TV, USA Network, MSNBC  to name a few. And their projects range from those in digital, tv/film, print, social media, experiential – pretty much across the gamut. So what of it then?

Well, they made a really cool interactive experience where you can create your own remix or song just by activating different sounds generated by clicking on one of their pixel people. When you click, you unleash the sound AND they also animate similarly to the sound in various pixellated loops. It’s really interesting to hear the melodies unfold, but they made it even MORE fun and exciting by adding a little REMIX button at the top. Press this baby, and well… you can just see for yourself. Enough blabbing… go make some music, people!!!

Unleash the fun, here.

Check out these beautiful visual interpretations of the music from “Selbstgespräche”

Britzpetermann and the musician Karlo Jurina teamed up together to launch this incredible project for the launch of Karlo’s debut album, “Selbstgespräche” which means “internal dialogue.”  What is this project you might ask? A simple answer with an incredibly complex description. Britzpetermann created a visual interpretation that reacts and changes its properties to match the track’s waveform, note by note.  Not only are the visuals really soothing to watch, but the entire album is comprised of really beautiful and bright guitar-like acoustic melodies. I emphasize the like because the sounds you’re hearing were actually recorded from an iPad! This is how Britzpetermann explained the process:

Basis of this interpretation is a constant grid consisting of 190 coincidental symbols. The music itself modifies the grid. This impulse changes size, position and symbols itselves whereby new structures and pictures occure. Every moment is unique. We decided to play single signs by hand which not just distributes a handmade touch to the digital character of interpretation but also a precise possibility to control visualization. As control input we used the iPad as the multitouch surface allowed very intuitively flowing movements. The final signs to this project were played by Karlo Jurina itself, so he could decide on his own how his songs are supposed to appear visually.

You can watch the video below to take a look at how these guys created these stunning visual animations by using their iPads. Brilliant!!!

Ever heard of Speed Painting? Check out these vids… a really neat way to unveil your talents

Painting is one of those segways I never traveled down as an artist – at least not yet anyways. However, after stumbling upon Agnes Cecile’s work and watching her videos, I have a renewed appreciation for the art form, as an artist myself and as a viewer. There’s something so mesmerizing to watch these paintings unveil themselves, and to see step-by-step the process of how many steps it actually takes to create one of these beautiful works of art. I really like the abstract compositions, her use of very expressive lines and dabs of color for creating dramatic accents throughout.

Agnes Cecile | Birthday | Speed Painting Series

You can see more of her videos here or check out her work on deviant art as well.

A Glimpse into the Mind of Edouard Salier

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The Replicants “User” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I love the concept of the flip book featured here. Although you’re seeing the same composition pretty much through this whole video, the style of the visuals changing up so frequently keep it fresh. Whether it’s photography, motion sequences or hand drawn visual elements and typography, the variations keep you fixated throughout the piece. It almost mesmerizes the user into watching it oh-so-intently, so you try not miss anything flipping by you. I will mention there are a few surprises as well along the way, which also help to keep it fun and interesting.

The Replicants "User" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Nike “Woman” | Directed by Edouard Salier

Although this commercial shows an expressive style of animation, and it’s pretty dark in its nature, the concept of this piece still captures the spirit of all of Nike’s athletes, showing: strength, determination, endurance and not to mention the ability to persevere through anything – even what Mother Nature throws your way. All because you’re wearing Nike of course. They don’t even have to show the clothes or accessories anymore b/c their name carries the poise and reputation in this world-renowned brand. For this reason, a director like Salier doesn’t need to show their products either – but, it is implied by watching this play out. Brilliantly executed!

Nike "Woman" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Jehro “I Want Love” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I’m including this because I love how the waterly texture, extra-vivid colors and how he managed to integrate them with the illustrative typography. Even the layering used when the painterly textures overlap and the colors bleed over another, while the text and type convey the lyrics throughout… all of that combined with the illustrations just really bring this video to life.

Jehro "I Want Love" | Directed by Edouard Salier

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Tété “L’envie & Le Dedain” | Directed by Edouard Salier

I have no clue what this guy is singing about, but with the type visuals and the ability to stop and start, I might be able to teach myself some French by the time I look up the words for translation. The song and the singer are definitely not my personal favorites, but I’d venture to say Salier’s video for Tété’s song has definitely elevated his cool factor for sure. (Not sure about you, but he kind of reminds me of a French version of Hootie & the Blowfish.) Ok, back to the video though… what I LOVE is the how interesting the visuals are in this piece, with the constant camera moving into Z space, rotating, incorporating the singer surrounded by the layering of lyrics that seem to pop up in perfect time with the music. I LOVE the European/Neville Brody style of using poster fonts on 90 degree plains to create a rhythmic, visual flow throughout. AND, I’m a big fan of black and white, so at any point, I could do a screen capture and admire the composition at that instance. Take a peek.

Tété "L'envie & Le Dedain" | by Edouard Salier

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Gorgeous Scenics in the Bon Iver’s New “Holocene” Video

… Not to mention the song is just mesmerizing! (So good, I bought the album, and it is downloading now as I type…)

Directed by Nabil Elderkin, the vocals are as dreamy as the tranquil landscapes surrounding the boy.  Some of Nabil’s clients have included: Nike, Coca Cola, Warner Bros, Universal Music, Capitol Records, SONY, Vogue , Heidi Klum, Rolling Stone, Adidas, Paramount Pictures, Vans, and MTV – to name a select few. In addition, he has also created music videos for other known artists such as: John Legend, Common, Morning Parade, Kanye West, “Diddy” and Seal, to name a few. The style of his videos exhibits a quality that is superior to most and a “level up” from the norm from the way he lights or captures his scenes to the way he intentionally frames his compositions.

Having browsed through Nabil’s work, I am truly impressed with this Australian-born Director’s artistry.

Still Captured from Bon Iver's "Holocene" Video

 

In this “Holocene” video, it appears these tranquil scenes were shot at a really high frame rate in order to slow it down to achieve that illusive and dreamy look & feel.