Google Engineer Turns Subway Lines Into Musical Instruments

Google engineer Alexander Chen created an HTML5 site using a NYC subway map. A musical note plays when lines intersect or when you rollover. Try it for yourself at www.mta.me.

And read the article on Gizmodo or Fastco.

[thanks Greg.]

EKLIPS Beatboxes a 4 minute history of hip hop

French beat box phenomenon EKLIPS performs a 4 minutes history of hip hop for Trace Urban. I also like the YouTube comments: “I didn’t know Vin Diesel is such an awesome Beatboxer!”

[via SF Egotist.]

Tron Legacy Premiere - A Light Session

Old-time skaters ENESS jumped at the chance to bring skateboarding into the future by blending interactivity and high-tech mastery for the Tron Legacy premiere.

Each rider is equipped with an ipod and our custom-built app to measure their air time and trigger graphics whilst in the air and on landing.

Music By: Galapagoose.

[thanks Ford.]

Sour / Mirror Music Video

Japanese band, SOUR, who made the music video Hibi no Neiro, has launched a new music video experience. To get the full effect, I would connect to Facebook, Twitter and your webcam.

Play it here.

[thanks MikeB.]

StitchedElf Covers “Fuck You” on Ukulele

Gina Moffit, aka StitchedElf, shares a kickass ukulele cover of Cee Lo’s ‘Fuck You.’ Gina has about 20 videos on her YouTube Channel and is planning on sharing a song a week. In addition to her sweet voice and cover songs, she’s got some great originals in there too…

[via The Daily What > The Internet Today.]

New Cassius EP doubles as iPhone App

The newest Cassius EP, I Love U So, calls for people to spread some digital love. After watching the video you can spread digital love by:

1) Getting the app : http://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/cassius-i-3-u-so/id399394777
2) Spreading some digital love
3) Then post your video to: http://www.dailymotion.com/cassiusiloveuso

[thanks Ford.]

Soundgarden Black Rain Music Video

Directed by Brendon Small of Metalocalypse. A Badmotorfinger session outtake off the band’s upcoming greatest hits album, Telephantasm, which is due to drop 9/28.

[via The Daily What > Spinner.]

Arcade Fire - The Wilderness Downtown

Arcade Fire continues to push interactive videos with their newest Google Chrome experiment: The Wilderness Downtown. Its an interactive film by Chris Milk featuring “We Used To Wait” all built in HTML5.

The Wilderness Machine
A postcard is created by an analog signal: you. This site takes that postcard and converts it to digital. The Wilderness Machine brings it back to analog. Look for it on tour with the band in North America. If you’re lucky enough to get someone’s postcard from it, plant it. A tree will grow out of it.

Play it yourself here.

[thanks Andy.]

Drugs: Ratatat’s Stock Footage Music Video

Director Carl Burgess pulled a bunch of stock footage from the Getty Image archives for Ratatat‘s new video, Drugs. Definitely some creepy footage in there, but mesmerizing none the less.

[via Unnecessary Umlaut.]

Kanye West and Marco Brambilla - Power

Marco Brambilla, who brought you Civilization, has teamed up with Kanye West for his new video ‘Power.’ The music video is a surreal video portrait of Kanye.

Director Marco Brambilla speaking to Vulture:

So what exactly is the piece?
Well, it’s a video portrait of Kanye. It starts with a very tight shot introducing him that’s kind of a reinvention of a neoclassical painting. It pulls back from the shot, without any cuts, and we reveal the video canvas, populated by all these characters who are depicted in various stages of undress and decadence. The iconography comes from Roman iconography, Renaissance iconography, and it connects to the sexuality of the music as well. As we reveal the setting for it, there’s a feeling of a moment of transition for him. A fall from grace, if you will. It visualizes power, and him as the icon as power, and then at the end of the piece it challenges the power that I set up at the beginning. It’s an elliptical piece of storytelling.

How did you guys end up using that kind of imagery?
He approached me via my gallery and he wanted to do something that wasn’t a music video. He wanted a video work that would accompany the music. I said, “That’s great, because I don’t do music videos.” I wanted to give it an epic feeling. The song feels very personal, but the orchestration and the production of the track is epic and I wanted to give it something hypersensational and exaggerated.

Read more about the video on MTV.com.