Music videos are in a weird place right now. No one really airs them, and as artists make less and less money, the bells and whistles of slick promotional materials become harder to justify. Can’t knock it; that’s how it should be. A musician’s music should always come first, but as a guy who loves the artform and enjoys making them, it’s kind of sad. Artists still want nice videos, they just don’t want them to cost anything either, leaving us film/video/moving picture makers constantly challenged to turn out eye-catching work for free or with minimal resources. The bright side is that the people who are left doing it are as passionate as the musicians. We’re a slightly disturbed bunch, ready to put our rent on the line to do what we love.
This ongoing column will highlight videos for/by/with/from independent bands and directors making the most of what they have to kick your eyes and ears out yo’ head and earn a spot on your Twitter feed.
Narrative: Alex Goot meets a wide-eyed faerie and squires her through an episode of Dawson’s Creek.
Performance: Goot backlit at a piano. It’s revealed he’s playing to the faerie at the end. Meh.
Song: Cheez-Whiz pop. For crackers, etc. As far as talented youngins go though, Goot is one of the best. He almost makes “Fireflies” bearable. Almost.
He also plays all his own instruments and produces all his own tracks:
Kid’s been in the game since MySpace was popular (learn more about that here) and has not slowed down. When the industry comes knocking, he’s going to make an amazing songwriter and producer if nothing else.
Why You Should Watch It: Because holy crap we live in a day and age where a camera available at Best Buy can be pointed at just about anything and make it look like It’s a little miracle called the Rebel t2i, and along with its older brothers the 7D and 5D, you’ll be seeing its name in this column pretty often so click here and learn a little about the camera line changing micro-budget videomaking. Granted, director Kurt Schneider has a solid eye and knows how to use locations, available light and attractive people to his advantage. Images like the ones at 1:03, 1:18, and 3:23 don’t happen by accident. They’re not beautiful in the “we spent thirty minutes composing this frame” way, but they feel honest. They pluck at a nostalgic place in our brains, give us the feeling we’ve been there, like a handheld Norman Rockwell. The budgetary limitations are obvious – not everything is lit well, and there are occasionally double and triple shadows that look cheap – but for the most part, it’s a cute doc-style video that features some prettier than average pictures and will play well to its target audience.
Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles |@Chris_Cullari
| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |
Posted in Independent Film, Music, Tech, Video
Tagged cover, fireflies, goot, music video, owl city, piano, Pop, Train
http://www.questfortherest.com/ to play game and pass the 3 levels to special content.
This time it is the turn of The Polyphonic Spree who used a 3 level interactive game to unleash the surprise at the end. *Heads-up* the water level is tricky. the New Album “Together We’re Heavy” is released on the 13th July. we need a bit of joyous choral pop these days.
By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
About Tim in his own words
My name is Tim Exile.
When I was a kid I played the violin, messed around with cassette players and built things out of lego in the countryside in the west of England.
Nowadays I make music and software, and I make music with my software.
I wanted to be able to do all the things that you can do in the studio live and on the fly so I built myself a special machine.
I perform, improvise, sing, shout and sample myself live and I like it when you get involved in these activities.
I prefer doing stuff that people can get involved with as interesting things happen when people get together.
I love things that aren’t always the same. Staying still isn’t something I do well, although I’d like to learn.
I like doing things well, but I’d rather do something new than try and do better than something I’ve already done.
I’ve released 3 albums. You can listen to two of them on the right.
I’ve also released an effects plug in called The Finger through Native Instruments for those of you who’d like to get white knuckles on my musical rollercoaster. You can see the videos for it here.
In the next year I’ll be back on the road touring with more nutty technology, audio tricks, opportunities for you to intervene in the musical process, and ridiculous blazers.
Imagine if music was a thing we did together, not just a recording you bought. That’s where I’m at. You, me. It’s gonna happen.
Check out Tim’s website here http://www.timexile.com/
And his YouTube Channel here for some wicked video’s of him in action http://www.youtube.com/timexile
Posted in Independent Music, Music, Music News, New Music, Tech, Video
Tagged Artists, Cut and Paste, independent artists, Independent Music, Live, Music, Music News, Music Without Labels, Native Instruments, New Music, reaktor, samples, software, Tim Exile, uk
Sit back and enjoy this track by Blue Sky Black Death off their album, “Slow Burning Light”. This is definitely a good one to play when you’re about to go to sleep. Please click the image above to hear more of their music.
Posted in Art, Design, Music, New Music, Tech, Video
Tagged blue sky black death, Drum & bass, duo, electronic, Experiment, floating, HipHop, Independent, Indie, mixing, Music, Producers, producing, san francisco, seattle, Shoegaze, washington
This club looks absolutely insane. SMACK Nightclub. Here’s a little video of the lighting and sound system they have set up. What would be really cool is if they put these lights on the ground as well. Enjoy this run-by video of the club to “Hold On” by HOUSE/Dubstep DJ Rusko ft. Amber Coffman.
Posted in Art, Design, Events, News, Tech, Video
Tagged amber coffman, Club, dance, dubstep, house, Independent, Indie, leamington spa, Music, nightclub, rave, Rusko, smack, techno, uk, united kingdom
Was on reddit today and found a post from someone talking about how they made this service to use with their girlfriend to share music together from both youtube and vimeo players in one place. He had since made some alterations to the site and wanted to know what the public thinks about it, and what they might be able to pull from the service. Read their explanation from the home screen:
synchtube allows you to instantly create public and private rooms where you can watch YouTube and Vimeo music and videos synchronzied with up to 50 people. Everyone views the same video at the exact same time!
Here is the promotional video from the site, teaching you their concept in 60 seconds:
Posted in Music, News, Tech, Video
Tagged content, Live, Music, Reddit, share, streaming, synch, synchtube, video, vimeo, Youtube
Making music, making blips and bleeps, turning knobs, plugging in keyboards, and having the freedom to modify your gear – these are good things. And that’s why I’m so excited that today is the day the MeeBlip launches.
It’s been several years in development, but now it’s finally here. It’s a hardware box that makes noises – virtual analog synth noises, chip-sounding noises, good noises, bad noises, noises you can make into music. It’s got physical knobs and switches on it, plus a MIDI DIN in port so you can connect that keytar you bought on eBay. It’s also a digital synth you can build, modify, and hack, down to the way every knob is mapped and every sound is blipped.
The MeeBlip is the creation of James Grahame, of Retro Thing and Reflex Audio fame. (He tells thefull history of how it came to be.) But we’re serious about the Create Digital Music name going on there, too. We’ll be documenting and helping develop this instrument for some time to come, and we’ve begun building a site and community for the instrument so you have a place to meet other people using it.
View Source to Hear How it Sounds
Posted in Independent Music, Music, New Music, Tech
Tagged Artists, Bands, BeatPlay, create digital music, Dante Cullari, electronic music, free promotion, hackable digital hardware synth, house, independent artists, Independent Music, Indie Music, Meeblip, Music, music innovation, Music News, Music Promotion, music tools, Music Without Labels, New Music, Open source, synth
After seeing the famous house DJ, DeadMau5, at the Treasure Island Music Festival, Michael Cobra‘s 3 year old son decided he wanted to be that for Halloween. Check out this awesome video as Michael creates this perfect DeadMau5 head from scratch to the hit, “Strobe”.
Posted in Art, Design, Independent Music, Music, Tech, Video
Tagged deadmau5, DIY, DJ, Halloween, hat, head, helmet, house, Independent, Indie, make, mask, mau5trap, Music, strobe, techno, Trance, video, vimeo
Music Without Labels & Beat-Play are proud to announce that one of our great artists, Te’ V. Smith from Philadelphia, Pa is available to provide full website design and development to all independent musicians. Visit his site to contact him directly. Here are some samples of work he has done in the past:
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