OK Go play with the speed of time

18 06 2010

Remember OK Go – the band that gave us the cleverly shot song Here it Goes Again way back in 2006?

The video featured some intricate dance moves, which basically involved the four band members, clad in indie trousers, sliding across treadmills in sync.

It was so elementary, it was genius. It was hardly a surprise that it clocked over 50 million page views and is now one of the most watched YouTube videos ever.

OK Go had found its identity. They were here to make great videos but music… that’s a story for another day.

Since then the tech-savvy band have been putting a great amount of effort into, what essentially look like, home videos of school boys employing all the available resources in the garage for mischief, while the mum’s out grocery shopping.

Their latest offering is End Love, which takes that boyish enthusiasm to the next level, playing with the speed of time, as you do.

The whole video is one continuous shot and it is mindboggling thinking how many takes were required to finish this masterpiece. Check it out.

Jeff Lieberman, one of the men behind the video, told Discover:

“The fastest we go is 172,800x, compressing 24 hours of real time into a blazing 1/2 second. The slowest is 1/32x speed, stretching a mere 1/2 second of real time into a whopping 16 seconds. This gives us a fastest to slowest ratio of 5.5 million. If you like averages, the average speed up factor of the band dancing is 270x. In total we shot 18 hours of the band dancing and 192 hours of LA skyline timelapse – over a million frames of video – and compressed it all down to 4 minutes and 30 seconds! Oh and don’t forget, it’s one continuous camera shot.”

“We also made a special friend in the process. Her name is Orange Bill and she’s a goose. You will agree that she clearly has a future in music videos.”

Not long ago, the band came up with another brilliant idea – having a massive, overwhelming mass of mathematical precision that is the Rube Goldberg Machine as their main prop for the video. The mother of all Rube Goldberg machines was so big it took a two-story warehouse to contain it.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can see it for yourself here:

From Yahoo!Xtra Music




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