Radiohead embraces open source

Radiohead has released a new music video in a very unique format. The video was created entirely without the use of cameras. Instead the makers of the video employed visualisations from a scanning system called Geometric Informatics and location shots created using a Velodyne HDL-64E that utilises pulsers from a laser diode.

All this data is now available for the public to use and create their own versions of the video.

This has come about because of a link-up with the Google Code site, where the information can be downloaded along with a visualiser. You can essentially re-edit the video in an application of your choosing.

Once you have done this, you can upload it to YouTube, where a group has already been created to show off your work.

James Frost, the director of the video, had this very Radiohead thing to say about the project: "In a weird way [the project] is a direct reflection of where we are in society. Everything is [computer] data. Everything around us is data-driven in some shape or form. We are so reliant on it that it seems like our lives are digital."

Check out the video: Google Code

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Ok close your eyes and picture Jordy LaForge saying this:
"Instead the makers of the video employed visualisations from a scanning system called Geometric Informatics and location shots created using a Velodyne HDL-64E that utilises pulsers from a laser diode."

The video is as boring as the song. Really, what's so special about this? They could have done a lot with this if they tried/hired someone competent. Instead, it's a head singing that you can rotate... Wow, amazing...

i LOVE radiohead, but this is the weakest/worse song on the album. but to be honest i think they probably chose it for that exact reason.
If they picked the best song people would still love the video regardless of if it was pants cos the song would carry it.

I do like the user interaction with the animation (very cool). The song isn't the greatest which is sad because it could've been if it weren't so repetitive.

The animation is very cool, but I do have to agree that the song sucks. I must applaud them for doing the name-your-price thing with their CD though!

After reading a number of comments, the old saying "opinions are like *******s, everyone has one and they all stink" comes to mind.

The song is good, not great, but good. The album is very good though.

This technology is cool, but i don't see how people would make their own versions as it is really just Tom's face singing...

The other "views" don't have any sort of animation, maybe i'm missing something.

I wonder what the music industry is thinking with groups going you-name-the-price way and then making a music "video".

Why do comments on topics like this always end up about the music?
The fact is, Radiohead and NIN are spearheading change in an entire industry.


This is certainly laudable, regardless of what you think of the music. (unless you work for a record company :P )

(shakey_snake said @ #8)
Why do comments on topics like this always end up about the music?
The fact is, Radiohead and NIN are spearheading change in an entire industry.


This is certainly laudable, regardless of what you think of the music. (unless you work for a record company :P )

I'd hate for a news posts (or the comments of that post) about a band mention anything about the bands' music.

except radiohead are doing it in a sneaky way, i.e. low quality mp3 tracks instead of lossless, charging for the parts of a track to remix etc. I was duped into buying the album for what i deemed acceptable, £10. I was then totally pi***d when i discovered i'd paid £10 for 160kbps mp3 tracks and had to pirate the damn thing anyway to get something that i class as listenable quality.

they are pirates masquerading as pioneers. Look at some of the smaller netlabels for true pioneering in the music industry. Radiohead are riding on their success and they (the net labels etc) are getting no recognition for what they started... tut tut mr Yorke

(ZombieFly said @ #8.2)
except radiohead are doing it in a sneaky way, i.e. low quality mp3 tracks instead of lossless, charging for the parts of a track to remix etc. I was duped into buying the album for what i deemed acceptable, £10. I was then totally pi***d when i discovered i'd paid £10 for 160kbps mp3 tracks and had to pirate the damn thing anyway to get something that i class as listenable quality.

they are pirates masquerading as pioneers. Look at some of the smaller netlabels for true pioneering in the music industry. Radiohead are riding on their success and they (the net labels etc) are getting no recognition for what they started... tut tut mr Yorke

Exactly, well said.

"In a weird way [the project] is a direct reflection of where we are in society. Everything is [computer] data. Everything around us is data-driven in some shape or form. We are so reliant on it that it seems like our lives are digital."

Yeah, real deep. Oh, is that the time already....

The two scenes besides Tom's head do nothing for me during the clip. Then maybe I didn't understand how to use it. Anyway it's great