24.09.15 by Staff

Music Video: Aidan Knight “All Clear”

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Consider this your Canadian content for the day! Excellent video by Victoria, B.C.-based production duo Ft. Langley (OPD Brooks and William Wilkinson) for experimental folk band, Aidan Knight (whose lead singer songwriter/namesake also hails from Victoria).

We asked Wilkinson about the original vision for the video and where the team’s inspiration came from:

“We really wanted to make a low quality CG Aidan Knight do dumb things. It started as a writers room joke, but it made us laugh too hard to just let go of it.

I had seen this TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley that has a scene where young Steve Jobs is screaming in a pitch black room as a form of therapy. It’s apparently called Primal Therapy, and it was briefly popular in California in the 70s. It was a big inspiration.

We found CG modelling software that let us build characters (like The Sims) and as soon as our beautiful polygon Aidan was birthed we were in love. The software is called Mixamo and it has this hilarious catalog of character animations that’s mainly geared towards games developers. We only got to use a fraction of our favourites because they were too weird, like having the character mime using a wheelchair, or walking like a ogre.

We teamed up with our friend Justin Steele and he built our Tron desert for CG Aidan to lose his mind in, we love how it turned out.

Our goal with the animation was to make it look like a band had spent a lot of money in the early 80s to make a really impressive animated sequence that wasn’t worth it. We did everything we could to simulate the processes and quality degradation involved in 80s animation, with hand aligned layers wiggling slightly, flickering, and the softness of transferring from tape to celluloid.”

Watch “All Clear” below!

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14.09.15 by Jeff

Animation: “Fushigi Man” by Julian Glander

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Pittsburgh-based illustrator Julian Glander created this little animation for Himuro Yoshiteru’s “Fushigi Man” EP. Watch it below.

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14.09.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Viet Cong “Bunker Buster”

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Yoonha Park directs this video for Viet Cong’s “Bunker Buster” and I like it but I honestly have no idea what’s happening. Watch it below.

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11.09.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Club Cheval “Discipline”

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“Discipline” is the title track of Club Cheval’s long awaited debut, which doesn’t come out till 2016. There’s not much to this video; it’s essentially just a giant game of musical chairs, but it just has the perfect chill vibe without trying really hard. Directed by Paris-based duo Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen (J.A.C.K.), I think this was my favourite music video of the week.

Watch the video for “Discipline” below.

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11.09.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Yvein Monq “TWUN”

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Here’s one of the most original music videos I’ve seen lately, created by Viktor Horváth for Budapest-based Yvein Monq. Various women struggle to walk in heels in this oddly entertaining, over-the-top, short. Watch the video below.

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08.09.15 by Staff

Music Video: Kelvin Jones “Call You Home” Featuring a Real Television Launched into Space

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So Joe Connor just straight up sent a vintage television into space and filmed its descent for Kelvin Jones’ track “Call You Home”! Two separate televisions, attached to weather balloons, were sent from Snowdonia, Wales and eventually landed in Bury, Manchester. The television actually got 99.997% above the atmosphere. Watch the full video below!

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08.09.15 by Staff

Music Video: Wolf Alice “You’re a Germ”

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Fantastic Groundhog Day-esque/B horror movie style video for Wolf Alice’s track “You’re a Germ.” Directed by Chris Grieder. Watch below!

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17.08.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Gabrielle Aplin “Sweet Nothing”

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Definitely some Feist vibes in this fun video for British singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin, directed by Joe Conner. Watch “Sweet Nothing” below.

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13.08.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Japanese Band’s Google Street View Hyperlapse Music Video

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Japanese band group inou used a popular Javascript hyperlapse utility for Google Street View to great effect in the music video for their song “Eye”. If you want to create your own Google Street View Hyperlapses, head over here.

Watch the music video below, I quite like the portion of the video where the images glitch and break apart.

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