Hi folks. The weekend before last I shot some pretty footage in my office and turned it into a music video. It’s set to a beautiful, minimal/ambient track by John Chantler and you can watch it below. Once you’re done watching it, scroll down to read an explanation of what the footage is of.
I shot and edited this video as exercise. I was spurred to do it, to do it expeditiously, and to finish it when someone tweeted about the Cult of Done Manifesto, which I hadn’t read in a while. All in all, it was very satisfying and I hope people like it.
The two first guesses about the nature of the footage that I received (from Benton-C Bainbridge and Chris Jordan) were pretty much dead-on. It’s sunlight reflecting off a plastic (mylar?) book cover, which I crinkled and tugged at slightly while recording. Benton guessed it right first so he gets the cookies. If I’m getting my optics right, these kinds of reflections are known as caustics, and I have always found them very, very beautiful. All of the effects were done in post and I tried to keep them subtle. I’m pleased that I succeeded to some measure since CJ guessed that the chromatic aberrations were done with a polarizer.
Tomorrow evening I’ll be doing live visuals at the Open Planning Project, following a global webcast of Lawrence Lessig speaking live from Harvard Law School about fair use, online video, and politics. This event is free, so come on out for an interesting discussion and film screening, then stay for the free food and beer and awesome visuals and music by yours truly and DJ c-tor.
Screenings of the chat are being held around the world, so if you’re not in New York but still want to check it out, visit the Open Video Alliance site to look for an event in your city. Of course, you’ll miss out on my visuals, but it looks like there’s lots of good stuff planned for every location.
Update: still on!
Subject: let’s turn this wintery mix into a winter remix!
just a reminder that our new york screening event is tonight feb. 25th beginning promptly at 6pm with a lecture by lawrence lessig. it’s at the open planning project, 148 Lafayette b/w howard and greene, on the penthouse level so take the elevator all the way to the top.
we’re expecting a great turnout and we have some amazing guests:
tom tenney of the re/mixed media festival 2010
videos by jonathan mcintosh, elisa kreisinger, and kenneth tin-kin hung
dj c-tor and vj dan winckler
and of course, friends, colleagues, and members of the open video alliance.
we’re now at 40 cities and 4 continents worldwide for tonight alone!
tell your friends, tag the web with #wireside, and look forward to seeing you there.
Happy New Year! Glomag and I have been invited to do a couple songs on the Engadget Show again this Saturday. If you would enjoy (or at least not utterly detest) the discussion of gadgets, gaming and technology by wisecracking bloggers, do come. It’s free (but you have to queue for tickets), their guest is Google’s senior product manager for Android, Erick Tseng, and they’ll be raffling off CES swag, too. Details below but please be sure to check the Engadget post for updates.
The Show is sponsored by Sprint, and will take place at the Times Center, part of The New York Times Building in the heart of New York City at 41st St. between 7th and 8th Avenues (Google map). Tickets are — as always — free to anyone who would like to attend, but seating is limited, and tickets will be first come, first served… so get there early! Here’s all the info you need:
There is no admission fee — tickets are completely free
The event is all ages
Ticketing will begin at the Times Center at 2PM on Saturday, doors will open for seating at 4:30PM, and the show begins at 5PM
You cannot collect tickets for friends or family — anyone who would like to come must be present to get a ticket
Seating capacity in the Times Center is about 340, and once we’re full, we’re full
The venue is located at 41st St. between 7th and 8th Avenues in New York City (map after the break)
The show length is around an hour
Miss our first performance? Head to Engadget.com to watch Show 003. Go down to the video player and skip to 69 minutes in if you only want to see glomag and me play.