Brilliantly beautiful: Radiohead, “House of Cards”

The Daily Swarm alerted me to yet another Radiohead video from “In Rainbows”. This one — unlike the others, which kind of left me a bit cold — has gained a special spot for me very quickly.

First off, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Thom Yorke in finer voice. Maybe it was the sparseness of the song which forced him into a quieter style. Whatever the reason, it’s a great song.

Secondly, the video is brilliant. Through Daily Swarm’s work in picking these articles up, I’ll let Creativity Online give you the lowdown:

Radiohead’s latest video, for the track “House of Cards” from the In Rainbows album, uses real time 3D recording instead of cameras, utilizing highly technical structured light and Lidar laser-enhanced scanners to model lead singer Thom Yorke and provide an otherworldly narrative accompaniment to the song.

Blip Boutique creative director and Zoo director James Frost took us through the exceedingly complex, innovative process, which used on-set engineers and technology support instead of a film crew and required massive amounts of rendering and the sculpting of mountains of data in post—not to mention 64 lasers (on the Lidar system alone).

All I know is that it’s brilliant.


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