Friday, August 15, 2008

Radiohead - House of Cards

As they did with rock itself, Radiohead has breathed precious life into a dying medium. This time, the music video.

The clip for the In Rainbows track "House of Cards" is made without the use of a single camera.

"What?" you say. "Why, Ody3, everyone knows one needs a camera to shoot videos - just ask Lionel Richie and Duran Duran."

But that's not how Radiohead rolls. To quote, "No cameras or lights were used. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data." In English, the video was basically shot with lasers.

The effect is mezmerizingly creepy or eerily hypnotic - I'm not sure which. The same may be said for the song itself - "House of Cards" has already taken its place as one of Radiohead's most beautiful tunes, a torch ballad for the post-Estelle Getty era.

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