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August 22, 2008 / Toby Dayton

Youtube Music: House of Cards – Radiohead (#2)

This is the second time I’ve posted a video of this song, but this video is even cooler than the first. As described on a Slate piece on information-generated art called Infoviz art::

Artist Aaron Koblin helped to create this music video for the song “House of Cards,” by the band Radiohead. Released in July, it uses technologies like a 3-D scanner to evaluate distances among objects and generate point cloud data. In one of the most compelling moments, the landscape appears to dissolve or drift apart in granular fragments, a nod to the data it’s made up of. Radiohead also posted the raw scanner data online so anyone can browse them while listening to the song, or play with them and make something new.

The piece invites us to see something that its maker might not have. In that sense, it celebrates (or flatters) our ability to probe and discover. Like other exemplars of infoviz art, it holds out the hope that we could all be more creative than we seem to be.

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3 Comments

  1. simonok / Mar 26 2009 12:35 pm

    Its like those office toys with the hundreds of pins, you could put your hand on and then see an imprint of your hand. Great song.

  2. simonok / Mar 26 2009 7:35 am

    Its like those office toys with the hundreds of pins, you could put your hand on and then see an imprint of your hand. Great song.

  3. simonok / Mar 26 2009 12:35 pm

    Its like those office toys with the hundreds of pins, you could put your hand on and then see an imprint of your hand. Great song.

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