Was the challenge given to a dozen filmmakers by Sigur Ros for the project Valtari Mystery Films.
This afternoon when Arcade Fire posted about their new Sprawl2 video, the website wasn’t available yet, so as a huge fan i was a tad disappointed with only the quirky video available (below).
But now it’s live the new interactive video by Vincent Morisset (who just joined unit9), and you really have to exercise your dancing skills on this one. Enjoy the interactive version at http://www.sprawl2.com/ (webcam required) or just the official video.
Those who follow this blog, are probably aware that i’m a huge fan of Arcade Fire. There’s plenty of proof.
Not only is The Suburbs their most mature album to date, but they keep pushing the limits on their relationship with new media. Their latest has a digital edition with lyrics embedded on album art, with links to extended info.
And now, this. An HTML5+Google Maps experiment for Google Chrome, playing “We Used to Wait” as a soundtrack to your hometown.
As Régine sings, quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock. Just go ahead and watch it.
Source: Google Blog
And one thing i love about the fantastic genre is the extra care establishing their internet presence. With The Box website, i was particularly impressed with the visuals (and no, it was not about Cameron Diaz) and the masterful aural experience.
Along with the typical sections (downloads, cast, trailers, etc) i’m starting to detect some ARG inspiration integrated in movie websites, by launching some satellite experiences, in this case a teaser website at YouAreTheExperiment.com and even a comic book.
Here’s something a bit different for a change: a web game promoting a music album, at PearlJamTenGame.com. Pearl Jam are known to have pretty demanding fans, and this Papervision matrix puzzle (were you unlock playable tracks) will surely be appreciated, a nice depart from the usual click and listen experience of most music related websites.
As Michael @bigspaceship said last week: we’re barely scratching the surface of what games can be – The Graveyard . This work by Freedom Partners is showing one of the paths that will be trailed by interactive the next few years. Remember that teenagers that spent their high school years playing X-box and PS2 are now becoming the workforce and expect to find the same playful experiences on the web.
Oh, and i missed listening to Pearl Jam.
Here we go again with one more year end list. After 2006 and 2007, this one will be shorter as i’ve bought less albums, using Last.fm and Hype Machine to feed my music habits. Just in time for that last minute Christmas Gift, ladies and gentleman, meet the top 10 albums of 2008:
- Lindstrom – Where You Go I Go Too
- MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
- Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair
- TV On The Radio – Dear Science
- Santogold – Santogold
- Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes
- Sigur Rós – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
- Portishead – Third
- M83 – Saturdays=Youth
- Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
As an extra, the best Portuguese album in 2008 for Deolinda – Canção ao Lado.
The criteria is totally subjective, based on my listening habits, both online and offline. If you have your own list of best albums of 2008, feel free to share them in the comments.
If you wonder what’s a album list doing in this blog, consider yourself warned: music is a source of inspiration.
The video below has been around for a while, but it was the first one that turned lip dubbin’ into an Internet meme.
Quite appropriately, it was done by a group of friends who work for internet video startups like Vimeo and CollegeHumor. And the girl at the beginning (Amanda) is really cute.
Liked it? Here’s a few more videos: