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Musical.ly is Dead, Existing Features to be Rolled into TikTok

Musical.ly, the lip-syncing video creation app harnessing the heinous amounts of free time teens possess (with mixed results), has grown considerably since its 2014 launch. But just like the transition from middle to high school, sometimes it’s time for a reboot. Yesterday, Musical.ly was shut down, and its users are being migrated to TikTok, a similar video creation platform owned by Musical.ly’s parent company, Bytedance. Don’t worry, teens, your content is safe, and pretty soon the platform will be even safer. Read More >>

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I Feel Like I’m a Part of This Jazz Band Captured With a Depth-Sensing Microsoft Kinect Camera 

Microsoft’s Kinect, the depth-sensing, motion-tracking technology, might be dead as a product, but the hardware lives on, and is being used for far more than just video games now. This experimental film by Marcin Nowrotek mixes 3D footage of jazz musicians with 3D animations to create a music video where the musicians almost appear to leap off your screen. Read More >>

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Artificial Intelligence Directed a Music Video and the Results Will Melt Your Eyes

Even if you don’t care for the actual song, the music video for Hardcore Anal Hydrogen’s track Jean-Pierre is a visual feast, taking advantage of several recent breakthroughs in artificial-intelligent image processing that’s quickly gone from creating nightmares, to revolutionising how modern visual effects are created. Read More >>

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This Trippy Music Video Is Made of 3D Fractals

What you’re watching isn’t organic, but a computer-generated visualisation of complex mathematics. It’s a three-dimensional fractal. Read More >>

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Hundreds of Perfectly-Choreographed Printers Are the Real Stars of This Fun Music Video 

By now the band OK Go is better known for its over-the-top, impossibly choreographed music videos than its actual music. So much so that you can enjoy the music video for its new song, “Obsession,” without actually having to turn your speakers up. It’s a visual treat starring a wall of 540 printers used to create a perpetually-changing backdrop. Read More >>

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How to Fake Matrix-Style Bullet-Time Effects Without a Hollywood Budget

Five months ago, the Russian musical group 5’Nizza released a music video for their track, Samoliot, featuring a series of mishaps that were seemingly frozen in time. But while the action was paused, the artists themselves continued to sing as the camera moved around them. It was a clever take on the bullet-time effect made popular in The Matrix, and we finally know how they created it. Read More >>

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Brilliant Augmented Reality App Lets You Star in Your Own ’80s Music Video

One of the most memorable music videos of the 1980s is A-ha’s “Take On Me” featuring a young woman who’s pulled into a world that looks like it only exists as crude pencil sketches. The video took 16 weeks to animate by hand, but Trixi Studios created an augmented reality app that can recreate the effect in real-time. Read More >>

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4,000 Google Earth Photos Were Edited and Assembled Into This Dizzying Race Across the Earth

You don’t always need a wealthy record label to create a memorable music video. As YouTube’s Adnaan demonstrates, all you need is access to the massive archive of satellite photos on Google Earth, and enough time to painstakingly assemble over 4,000 of them into a frantic race across the Earth. Read More >>

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How Many Grandmas Were Needed to Make This Epic Cross-Stitched Music Video?

The music video for Ghost, the latest track from an Australian indie folk band named Husky, looks like it was brought to life by hundreds of senior citizens cross-stitching around the clock for months on end. Read More >>

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Literal Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics Used Literally in a Goofy Short

There’s not much more I can add to this because it’s just the lyrics of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody sillily played out in a short film. And since Bohemian Rhapsody is like the second or third most well known song after, like, Happy Birthday and whatever nursery rhyme your mother sang to you, you’ll probably giggle a few times watching the action match up to the lyrics. Read More >>

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OK Go’s Fun New Music Video Was Filmed on a Zero-G Aircraft

The alt-rock band that made “viral music videos” a thing with treadmill gymnastics and Rube Goldberg machines on YouTube is back. This time, OK Go is busting open pinatas in zero gravity. Read More >>

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Artist James Turrell “Truly Flattered” That Drake Ripped Off His Work in New Video

The works of artist James Turrell have been described as mind-altering experiences that contort reality and change people’s ability to perceive truth. Apparently this happened to Drake, who after seeing Turrell’s art in person, copied it almost exactly in a new video. Read More >>

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Oh No, an App That Makes it Easy to Shoot Your Own Music Videos

Have you ever watched a music video for a popular song and thought you could’ve done a much better job? Much to the chagrin of all your social media followers, with Triller, a new app for iOS, you can easily shoot and share your own version, no editing skills required. Read More >>

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This REO Speedwagon Cover is the Best Thing BlackBerry Ever Made

BlackBerry is trying to destroy the best thing it ever made. Not the line of hardware keyboard phones, or the less-relevant-than-ever BBM service. I'm talking about the music video. That mind-blowingly earnest and inexplicable REO Speedwagon cover about BlackBerry 10. It's gone now. What the fuck, BlackBerry? Read More >>

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A Website That Warps You Back to the Hit Songs of Your Youth

Do you ever have flashbacks to that school dance, the one where you slow-danced to All-4-One and had your first kiss under an elm tree while Quad City DJs closed out the night. (Not that that happened to me or anything.) A dead-simple but super fun website now lets you travel back to those hit songs. Read More >>