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Music videos, or "What you see is not what you hear"


MorayM

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I got to spend my Saturday shooting a music video with Ghost Community. It's one of the tracks of our recent album, a power ballad type affair heavy on piano in the first half before rocking out in the second. The director had found a really great-looking old upright which we opened up to show off the rusty innards with all the hammers moving, so I'd replay my part over the playback to get the shots. I played a few chords and all seemed well - a little honky-tonk but everything worked. My first warning should have been when I put my foot on the pedal for the first take and it snapped off. Fine, I'll do without. Rolled the playback, take 2 and I actually got to play some notes this time - notes which were all a semitone flatter than the playback. The whole piano had drifted out of tune over the years! :freak:

 

It was a happy morning spent miming a serious song about betrayal and loss, all the while the rest of the band were trying to maintain composure over the spectacular dissonance/innovative chromaticism coming from this knackered old upright. It's a funny old business.

 

 

I have to say though, it did look awesome... :keys:

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Interesting story.

 

I just took part in my first ever "music video" - not really an MTV style affair by any stretch. The production team had the band set up on a stage with all-black backdrops, and nothing electric needed to be plugged in (but I ran some wires and pedals from my keys to make it look real), and we mimed 3 or 4 of our originals to our studio recordings and a set of 3 roving cameras panned around us. Cool lighting effects were happening while this was going on.

 

When we looked at the result, it was a fairly professional job... the miming of vocals and instruments seemed to sync up just right with the original studio recording. Between the 3 camera angles, the producer always had the focus on whatever was happening at any time (a little keyboard flourish, and there I am on camera... a noticeable guitar phrase, and the guitarist was being focused on... etc.). I'm sure not every production company pays this close attention to detail, but these guys did a bang-up job. The lighting against the black backdrops made it look like we were playing in an arena to a packed crowd! These guys know their visual effects.

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Slow down the playback by a ratio of 1:2^(1/12) while shooting? (It's about 94.4%).

 

Reminds me of

by Spandau Ballet. Skip to 2:51, you'll see bits of paper fluttering gently in the air. Apparently the video playback is at 50% of the recording speed, to give that ethereal feel.

 

Imagine having to mime to that track playing at 200% speed for the shoot!

 

Cheers, Mike.

 

Cheers, Mike.

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by Spandau Ballet. Skip to 2:51, you'll see bits of paper fluttering gently in the air. Apparently the video playback is at 50% of the recording speed, to give that ethereal feel.

 

Imagine having to mime to that track playing at 200% speed for the shoot!

 

That's awesome, I love behind the scenes stuff like that!

 

Our video was finished last week, if you're interested you can watch it

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Everytime i bust a supposed live video to be a lip sync i get all kind of jeers on this forum. Even from experienced players. Folks, if the sound is studio quiet with production then it is over 99% of the time not a truly live track. Any body with engineering experience will tell you about leakage between instruments.
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