Archive for the ‘Music in video’ Category

Fresh eyes (and ears) on journalism

March 1, 2010

Today, British multimedia journalist and blogger Adam Westbrook launches a new series called Fresh Eyes on Journalism. His idea was to ask several people active in disparate fields to talk about the future of journalism. My contribution, about music and journalism, was posted today. Enjoy!


The Sandpit: awesome images, captivating music

February 26, 2010

A day in the life of New York City, in miniature.

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This incredible film by director Sam O’Hare was done with 35,000 still photos – that’s right, 35,000 images. I was particularly impressed by the music, written by Rosi Golan and Alex Wong of the music design firm Human. The piece was composed and produced specifically for this project. Note its changes in texture, reflecting perfectly the rhythms of New York City.

Here’s what O’Hare had to say about the music:

“Towards the end of the process I approached Human to provide music for the piece, and they very generously donated their time to produce a beautiful sound track for the film. It captures the feel of the film beautifully. I wanted the track to speak to what it is like to experience the many rhythms, pulses and moods of the city and the composition, especially the peak, does this beautifully. The vocals add narrative and pacing to the piece, and really help draw you through it.”

There’s lots more info about how O’Hare created this project here.

Thanks Desiree Perry for pointing this out. Enjoy!

Olympic curling: the music video

February 23, 2010

It just so happens I work out over lunch, so I’ve had to pleasure to watch some Olympic curling. Thanks to Erica Smith, I realize there is an actual curling music video! This is Hammerfall, a heavy metal band, in a video of their song “Hearts On Fire” that honors the Swedish Olympic women’s curling team. Rock on curlers!

Tiger Woods Google ad – a great parody

February 19, 2010

Since I have praised Google’s Super Bowl commercial, I thought it only fair to share this most excellent parody starring today’s media darling…. Tiger Woods.

Regardless of how you stand on his delayed mea culpa, you have to admit this is pretty funny. Enjoy.

Understanding the remix culture

February 11, 2010

Here’s an interesting take on the remix culture — why people remix videos and music, and how it becomes a part of real relationship-building. I don’t know who the creator, “Normative,” is, but I enjoy his insights. And who doesn’t love John Hughes movies and soundtracks?

Thanks to Simon at Bloggasm for finding this…

Google uses music in Super Bowl commercial

February 9, 2010

Music is critical to Google’s historic Super Bowl ad above, as Adam Westbrook pointed out here. Note how the music sets just the right tone of expectant joy.

Oh and speaking of Adam, a freelance multimedia journalist and sophisticated advocate of new forms of journalism, here’s his excellent list of six tips on using audio. Right on, Adam.

UPDATE: Looks like the beautiful piano track the piece uses comes from these guys:

Stunning images, music: The Third & The Seventh

February 4, 2010

This piece of computer animated scenes focusing on architecture is a fantastic multimedia experience. Even more impressive: creator Alex Roman not only created the CG images himself, he also recorded the haunting musical score, using Cakewalk’s Sonar and East/West orchestral samples. He said the soundtrack is “based on” works by Michael Laurence Edward Nyman. (The Departure) and Charles-Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns. (Le Carnaval des animaux)

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“Serendipity” — the music video

February 1, 2010

Here is the just-released music video for my song “Serendipity.” It was conceived, shot and edited by the fabulous Elie Gardner of St. Louis. She did a great job, given what she had to work with!

As I wrote last year in a blog post, “Serendipity” was my attempt to say that even a calamity — in this case, a flood — can end up being a positive thing. Musically I was going for a Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne/ELO/George Harrison kind of sound. I recorded it via Sonar Producer Edition, using an Audio Technica 4047 and a Groove Tubes Brick preamp, for all you fellow recording nerds.

And, if by some odd chance you really like the song, it IS available on iTunes or Amazon.


“How Great Thou Art” amid tragedy

January 26, 2010

The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod is among many denominations bringing aide to Haiti. On a just-concluded assessment trip, a team from the Kirkwood, Mo.-based church visited a gathering of refugees in Jacmel, a few hours outside Port-Au-Prince.

The refugees — many grieving the loss of loved ones, friends and homes — began singing the classic Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art.” Here is their rendition, in French, accompanying images of devastation recorded by the church team in an audio slideshow. Though I don’t understand French, I can’t remember hearing a more moving version.

The video was put together by Rudy Blank of LCMS World Mission. He used photos shot by James Neuendorf, a member of the LCMS assessment team and also of LCMS World Mission.

Disclosure: My wife, Melanie Ave, is public relations coordinator for the LCMS.

The secret to getting good…

January 26, 2010

Want to know the No. 1 secret to getting really good at something, like, say, composing music or creating multimedia projects? Eric Maierson over at MediaStorm’s blog has the answer. You have to click the link to find out what it is….