We all came from the stars (in a big bang kinda way) but we’re all going to techno convergence.
Technology is all around us, and in the case of some music videos it’s also within us. And when I say technology associated to music videos, I don’t mean your run of the mill green screen, special effects kind of thing, but another beast entirely different. These 2 2009 music videos, resorted to groundbreaking image capture methods to achieve unique results. (and yes they’re both by bands I love love love…but that’s beside the point I presume :)
Radiohead – House of Cards
No cameras or lights were used. Instead, two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.
Depeche Mode – Fragile Tension
The video uses different graphical techniques, including some specially devised software, to create a landscape in which solar nebula-like structures and particle dust storms swirl and morph into members of the band and primal dancers.
Also, because the band wasn’t available for a shoot, the creators had to make do with concert footage and take it from there to achieve the final result.
Archival footage from artist Chris Parks (whose microscopic filming techniques were seen in Darren Aronofky’s film The Fountain) was used along with additional elements such as particles, water, glitter, sequins and oil.