Every week, FoST presents a mashup of headlines, new projects, and upcoming events in the storytelling community. This week, we cover four music videos that use unexpected platforms and technologies to engage with sound.
Toronto-based electronic musician Harrison just released a video for his new song, “How Can It Be,” that is meant to be watched on an iPhone. Viewers hold their phones vertically in their hands, and their screens begin to show text exchanges between a young woman named Katy and her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend. Messages volley back and forth, and viewers voyeuristically follow along as if they have hacked into Katy’s phone.
In another exploration of the iPhone as a canvas for video, multimedia artist Jono Brandel has collaborated with Kimbra to create an experimental music landscape set to Kimbra’s new single, “Carolina.” The video shows a virtual road trip, in which specific instruments and sounds trigger the appearance of colorful objects on the road ahead. While Brandel originally developed the video as a website on Google Chrome, he has turned the video into an interactive app. Watching on their phones or iPads, viewers can tap and pinch their screens to change their perspectives on the changing virtual scenery.
Outside of the smart phone sphere, director Joan Guasch has created a video for Spanish dance band Delorean’s “Crystal” using 3D animation. She describes the project as “a psychedelic trip through different stages in a relationship.” Using photogrammetry analysis to create the figures and textures, she has incorporated more than 2500 still images in the final project. The two main figures digitally—and physically—dissolve into various shapes and objects as the video explores the disintegration of their relationship.
While the figures in “Crystal” fall apart by themselves, Namie Amuro’s video for “Golden Touch” gives the viewer all of the destructive power. The video asks each viewer to place their finger on a glowing spot in the center of the screen, which serves as the center for all sorts of activity. Balloons pop, basketballs spin, and dominoes flip—all seemingly due to the presence of the viewer’s extended digit. The video was created by Japanese directors Masashi Kawamura, founder of creative lab PARTY, and Kenji Yamashita, director of LOGAN. Through a series of optical illusions, they really do give their viewers “the golden touch.”