For the video for “Cut Me Out,” Amanda Warner (a.k.a. MNDR) teamed with director Tim Saccenti to give her electro single a similarly tech-heavy visual accompaniment. Saccenti’s goal was to give a, “video debut for the band that visually followed the language they’d already created sonically.”
The final results were created by with the help of digital artist Ivan Safrin, who augmented Microsoft’s Kinect program to capture Warner’s movements, and then project them onto a special screen where she could interact with her digital doppelganger in real time.
Check out the technology in action in the video for “Cut Me Out,” plus see behind-the-scenes footage with interviews from director, Tim Saccenti, and Kinect hacker, Ivan Safrin, below.
The Creators Project recently profiled the usually reclusive Cameron Mesirow of Glasser to get insights into her creative process. Find out how she writes music as a one-woman band, how those sounds translate to a live show, and hear her instrument invention, the “Auerglass,” created with fine artist/best friend, Tauba Auerbach.
Glasser also added additional tour dates in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, supporting T.V. on the Radio.
Death Cab for Cutie got downright ambitious for the video for “You Are a Tourist,” the first single off their forthcoming LP, Codes and Keys. The band pushed the bounds of technology and human error by airing a single-take scripted video treatment online, live as it was being filmed. The clip, directed by Tim Nackashi with conceptual input from Aaron Stewart-Ahn, initially aired Tuesday, April 5th, at 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST.
If you missed out on the live airing of the “You Are a Tourist,” you can view the clip in its entirety, below. The actual music video portion kicks in at 16:35.
For the track, “Grown Ocean,” off Fleet Foxes highly anticipated sophomore album, Helplessness Blues, the Seattle-based collective went back to basics. The video accompaniment for the track is grainy documentary-style footage of the band recording, traveling, and spending countless hours of downtime together.
In a press release, frontman Robin Pecknold gave some additional insights into the influences and overall sound of Helplessness Blues.
“I’d say it’s a synthesis of folk rock, traditional folk, & psychedelic pop, with an emphasis on group vocal harmonies . . . Musically it leans on country music a little bit more, in the slide guitar of songs like “Grown Ocean” and “Bedouin Dress” or “Helplessness Blues.” We used a number of new instruments including the 12-string guitar, the hammered dulcimer, zither, upright bass, wood flute, tympani, Moog synthesizer, the tamboura, the fiddle, the marxophone, clarinet, the music box, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, Tibetan singing bowls, vibraphone, along with more traditional band instrumentation.”
Check out the video for “Grown Ocean,” plus stream / download the album’s title track and debut single, “Helplessness Blues,” below.
Oakland-based Merrill Garbus, recording under the moniker TuNe-yArDs, presents exuberant and uninhibited merrymaking in the video for “Bizness,” the lead single off of her forthcoming sophomore album w h o k i l l. In the clip, a lively game of Simon Says amongst school children leads to a rousing explosion of contemporary dance, with Garbus, herself, leading the charge. Asymmetrical hairstyles and funny faces abound.
Check out the high-spirited video for “Bizness,” below.