It took a while, but I finished the Intergalactic video. It feels great to finally have it completed and up online. I am both happy with how it has turned out, and how happy it has made Ben. :) I'll embed it so you can watch it here, but if you could go to YouTube and rate/comment it, that would be awesome. Watch it in HD if you have the bandwidth to do so (or the patience to wait for it to fully pre-load), it looks and sounds a lot better in 1080p. Also feel free to repost this where-ever you'd like - in your LiveJournal/Facebook/Blog/Forum/etc - to get it noticed! :)
If these videos continue to be well received and noticed by event organisers, it may eventually allow us access to organisers, artists and behind-the-scenes areas for documentation. I would certainly love to work with (or for) event organisers to gather appropriate material for a full documentary. Here's hoping! :)
"How to Destroy Angels is a musical group featuring Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig and Atticus Ross. Rob Sheridan is the group's art director." - HTDA Wiki Entry
Apart from Mariqueen, because I've never heard any material by her prior to this, these are all people whose work I know and enjoy. Although HTDA is very different from NiN, as a package it is something I am already very much enjoying.
They put up a series of short musical vignettes on their website, but didn't take long to follow these up with some full song releases. The first one was The Drowning:
I really like Mariqueen's vocals, and that was the only part of the package I was never going to be sure of. But this is like hearing Nine Inch Nails, with a downtempo focus and a female vocalist. It definitely works for me.
The Drowning was an audio-only release, but they followed that up today with a new song, The Space In Between, accompanied by a video. A lot of Reznor's work has been dark, but this borders on the gothic, at least in tone.
WARNING: The video has a lot of blood in it and is a bit graphic. Possibly don't watch if you're squeamish.
This was directed by a guy named Rupert Sanders and I don't know anything about him, but I certainly do like the clip.
Anyhow, it seems like HTDA are a group I'm really going to be getting in to.
It is as-yet unconfirmed, but it seems very likely that Peter Steele, the lead singer and bassist for goth metal outfit Type O Negative, died of heart failure today.
I listened to their music a lot when I was young, and still listen to it every now and then when the right mood strikes me. I have happy memories tied up in their songs, as friends and I used to spin their CDs when hanging out together. Steele had an absolutely incredible voice, and I've never heard anything else quite like it - at times deep and growling, others strong and melodic. Very saddened to hear of his passing. :(
I'm currently working on a project for the CFA about rural fire safety and awareness. It's going to be a 3D animation crafted from a number of 2D photos. We're doing a photo shoot tomorrow with a number of people to demonstrate correct and incorrect attire, as well as to capture some people for a narrative element.
We need some more representation from Gen X/Y'ers. So if you're free tomorrow (I know, short notice), have the required attire for the shoot (and I'm sure all of you do) and have any inclination to be in what looks to be a pretty sweet Victorian awareness campaign, please get in touch with me!