Performance Video Inspiration and Ideas

First i came across this collaborative piece called In B-Flat, when i was in college it was shown to me by tutor and i do very much like it, it is a very simple idea that is done very well which i believe is done by selecting good content. Now how he did this was by simply sending out an e-mail which had simple instructions.


-Sing or play an instrument, in Bb major. Simple, floating textures work best, with no tempo or groove. Leave lots of silence between phrases.
-Record in a quiet environment, with as little background noise as possible.
-Wait about 5-10 seconds to start playing.
-Total length should be between 1-2 minutes.
-Thick chords or low instruments don’t work very well.
-Record at a low volume to match the other videos.
-You can listen to this mix on headphones while you record.
-After you upload to YouTube, play your video along with the other videos on this page to make sure the volume matches.

and they have been some very cool adaptations of this which i would also like to introduce you to as well, and the artist does say on his Frequently Asked Question part of his site, which in did take the above set of instructions from ( he does invite people to create there own interruption of this, which is very cool and they are two which really do stand out for me which i think you should try out and they are, one has an added mixer interface which works nicely ( another is the YouCube in which you have to embed different video into a cube which is made very easy tho it does take a while to load but be patient, (

they is even  a Bb Budda Machine (

Now this simple idea i do want to add to and has a group we have each come up with different ways in which we can build upon this idea but yet still keeping nice and simple and focusing on content and not so much the tech even though it is a important element it is not has important to me as the content.

But i would also like to look at something like its which is similar to In B-flat, but on a much much larger and complex scale but which i do still think is amazing, and that is the Lips Number One Hits advert with Lily Allen but instead of each video like in, In B-flat being a building block of a song/soundtrack the video’s in this advert are not only the building blocks for a song but for an entire image in this case of Lily Allen performing.


Behind the Scenes look at how the advert was made

Nike – Write Your Headline

Another advertising that uses other objects to create and build images but this time through the form of text message, tweets ECT… is the Nike – Write Your Headline which is an installation which was exhibited across a custom built screen measuring 44 meters high, the biggest in the southern hemisphere in Soccer City, Johannesburg.

The piece was a dynamic animation system that pulled moderated text submitted by fans from a variety of Nike digital social spaces (managed by Deeplocal in Pittsburgh, USA) across the screen and into a giant animation of World Cup player portraits. Multiple text feeds built up each image, which pictured the player that the fans text submissions referred to, and is an awesome piece of work you can see the video of this (

Bon-Jovi – Circle Tour

Another thing that i was shown last year by a house mate of mine which i did quite like was the Bon-Jovi home town tribute contest which they did last year as a part of there circle tour in which the band invited member of each city they were visiting to pick up a camera and film themselves in there hometowns singing, dancing ECT..  to Living On a Prayer.   

Programing Ideas (Multipurpose toolkit) as well as MaxMSP is something i am going to look into as a programming tool to control MIDI Outputs for our video’s we are going to shoot.

The Main Idea.

The main idea we have for this unit came from the Lee Tucker you can see is blog at which i do think you should check out, the idea is that we film a Choir sing and hold for as long as possible different note and keys and then around that build a MIDI interface for a keyboard to play the video’s of the choir this will be laid out in the form of a video wall which will be projected on to a wall. This is the main premise of the idea and for the actual performance we have the piano been played and the choir themselves singing just by the video wall which will be acting as the backing track.

extra bits to add the end product we are planning to make. 

Then of the back of this once all this is completed Alex came up with the idea to change the small keyboard for a giant keyboard mat and act out a song like Chopsticks in the film “BIG” starring Tom Hanks and invite people to also have a go which i do very much like the idea of as i think performance is something that brings people together for a single moment which is not always the same twice.

but also with the footage we get i want to of the back of this is attempt to create a sound track and edited like “Godley and Creme – Cry” Music Video or even make a video wall out of YouTube video like in b-flat but have it auto play a sound track, now this does sound like allot of work but i feel we can do some of it as a group and i would like to work further on this after the deadline as past to complete these little extra bits as I feel they would be nice to do.

Anyway please let me know what you think.


About michaelmoore32

An aspiring director and designer of films and visual effects. I love creating various media products of all shapes and sizes. I have recently gone on to broadening my horizons looking towards interactive media which including video mapping as away to display work and also as an advertising platform for products. Check out some of my work on my Blog,YouTube and also follow me on Twitter where I will keep you up to date on work I am currently working on and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Posted on November 17, 2011, in Performance Video, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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