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Massive Rube Goldberg Chain Reaction for A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s ‘Tuna Melt’

April 19, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Here’s a fun new music video for A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s ‘Tuna Melt‘. The Rube Goldberg device moves through almost every room of the The Ohage House in St. Paul, MN as dominoes crash, paper airplanes fly, and submarines chug along underwater. I couldn’t say for sure if it was all shot in one take, but there are some fantastic sequences regardless. The video was directed by Ryan Staake and most of the dominoes and other kinetic devices were created by Tim Fort. (via booooooom)

 

 

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Animation Music

Joy: A Dreamy Stop Motion Music Video for Iron & Wine by Hayley Morris

April 16, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Director and animator Hayley Morris (previously) takes us on a surreal journey in her dreamlike music video for Joy, a track off Iron & Wine’s latest album Ghost on Ghost that was released just this morning. In her video for Joy Morris found inspiration from the lyric “deep inside the heart of this crazy mess, I’m only calm when I get lost within your wilderness,” which she used as a jumping off point for her animation which was created by projecting hand-painted watercolor animations into stop-motion landscapes. There are some terrifically brilliant moments, the moth especially, which made my jaw drop a bit. I’ve also included a making-of video above showing some behind the scenes footage. (via the fox is black)

 

 



Documentary Music

Landfill Harmonic: An Upcoming Documentary About the ‘Recycled Orchestra’ in Cateura, Paraguay

April 11, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Cateura, Paraguay is a small city that has grown atop a massive dump. It is regarded as one of the poorest slums in Latin America, a village where people live among a sea of garbage. Incredibly, the landfill itself is the primary form of subsistence for many residents, who pick through waste for items that can be used or sold. Prospects for most of the children born in Cateura is bleak as gangs and drugs await many of them. But then one day, something amazing happened.

A garbage picker named Nicolás Gómez (known as “Cola”) found a piece of trash that resembled a violin and brought it to musician Favio Chávez. Using other objects collected from the dump, the pair constructed a functional violin in a place where a real violin is worth more a house. Using items gleaned completely from the dump, the pair then built a cello, a flute, a drum, and suddenly had a wild idea: could a children’s orchestra be born in one of the most depressed areas in the world? As you can guess, the answer was yes.

Now a group of filmmakers, producers, and photographers are trying to tell the story of the orchestra through a documentary titled Landfill Harmonic. The orchestra seems poised to offer many of the children opportunities outside of the slum— they are already planning a multi-city tour around the U.S. The movie is currently being funded on Kickstarter and just passed the halfway mark today. Watch the video above and you can learn more over on their Facebook.
 

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Music

A Duet for Leaves & Turntable

April 2, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Composer and sound artist Diego Stocco released a brief clip today featuring his experiments with a new turntable and a few freshly gathered leaves. Leaves! More specifically all bass, kick and snare sounds heard in the video were made by alternating the leaf type, angle, pressure as it was applied against the turntable. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Stocco is known for sampling audio from nature and other unexpected instruments in order to remix and modify them into music. My favorite piece is still Music from a Dry Cleaner.

 

 



Animation Music

Favorite Place: An Embroidered Stop-Motion Music Video for Black Books by Christophe Thockler

February 5, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Is this the first music video made exclusively with embroidery and sewing implements? I’m gambling yes. Directed, filmed, and produced by Christophe Thockler the clip uses 10,000 photographs of needles, thread, cloth and embroidery, mixed with clever lighting techniques to produce a fun video for Favorite Place, the latest track by US pop rock band Black Books.

 

 



Animation Music

Animated Music Video for Bonobo by Cyriak Using Repurposed 1960s Stock Footage

January 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

This new music video by Cyriak Harris for Bonobo almost defies description, but if you recall the trippy video he did for Eskmo featured here about two years ago you’ll have an idea of where it’s going. Cyriak uses mid 20th-century stock video as building blocks to create machines, robots, and other bizarre tableaus reminiscent of Terry Gilliam-esque zoetropes. I just said that. Terry Gilliam-esque zoetropes. What does that even mean? Watch the video and I challenge you to describe it any better. (via lustik)

Update: According to Jeff over at Booooooom, Cyriak was inspired by the 1981 film Tango by Zbigniew Rybczynski.

 

 

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