Nightclub 1987

Let’s go out tonight ok? The seven videos in the playlist above show pretty much exactly what the clubs I went to in 1987 were like. This club happened to be in San Diego California but it really doesn’t matter. The music, hair, clothes and dance style were true to the NY area too. Enjoy!

“Stratus Dance Club was the premier alcohol-free young adult nightclub in Southern California from 1978 to 1987. Located in Casa de Oro – the foothills of Mt. Helix , Stratus catered to high-school and college students from San Diego County to as far north as Los Angeles.” – youtube.com/user/stratusdanceclub

For more info: facebook.com/groups/54649181374/

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 16, 2011 at 4:13 am, filed under music, video and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



MadPad and VidRhythm

This week we see two new apps for iOS that let you “remix your life”!

MadPad from Smule is like Cambox on steroids. It is very similar except it’s iPad native and you can browse other peoples sets. I absolutely love the browsing feature. I can already see people creating some nice modular or synth sets. This is a wicked app that anyone creative will love.

With VidRhythm you record some video clips and auto creates a music video for you. Although it’s more a fun toy than something you are going to create a real music video the concept is great. It’s not too unlike the web service Animoto. EDIT: After playing with the app a little maybe you CAN make something special…

“Remix your life with MadPad! Turn everyday sights and sounds like your car, an empty soda can, or your friends into the ultimate percussive instrument. Oh the possibilities! Woosh, boom, clap…anything can be music. Just aim the camera and shoot the sounds all around you: your local café, car, kitchen, kids, cat, friends… MadPad magic will take care of the rest. Or have fun playing with the hundreds of free premade sets.” – smule.com/madpad

“Remix your world! Introducing VidRhythm, the fun and easy way to make video music from Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band™ and Dance Central™. Video-sample yourself, your friends, your pets, or anything else, and use VidRhythm to instantly mash it up into a crazy video remix!” – vidrhythm.com

For more info: smule.com/madpad and vidrhythm.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 9, 2011 at 5:27 am, filed under iPad, iPhone, video and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Atari Video Music

I have been secretly putting together a music video set up. Tungsten softboxes, key & fill lights, iPhone tripod mount, Final Cut X and weird outfits are being collected. Naturally as with my music I need whatever video I create to look like it was from a few decades back. Therefore I have been searching for video synthesizers. I thought I’d share this Atari Video Music unit with you today. You can find these on eBay still. Interesting no?

“It was 1975 and Bob Brown (originator of home Pong) was looking for another consumer (home) product to design. Mega stereo systems (multi-component setups that were usually designed with a mixture of futuristic metal and rec room woodgrain) were all the rage. Bob decided to make another component that would take advantage of Atari’s video display technology and act as a bridge between the television set and the stereo system. The result was the Atari Video Music, which Atari released on it’s own in 1976.” – atarihq.com

For more info: atarihq.com/dedicated/videomusic.php

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on August 30, 2011 at 2:52 am, filed under Uncategorized, video and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Retard World

The FP – Trailer from Trost Bros. on Vimeo.

I called this post “Retard World”. I could have also called it “End of Days”. Please watch the movie trailer above. Please tell me this is a joke, a fake trailer or a bad dream. How is something so stupid possible? America’s financial rating should be downgraded solely on the basis we can produce something like this.

“THE FP is a little difficult to explain; it’s basically a gang warfare movie, except instead of rumbles the rival gangs fight it out with Dance Dance Revolution.” – aintitcool.com

For more info: aintitcool.com/node/50632

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on August 7, 2011 at 7:06 am, filed under video and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Love Story

I recently bought a Green Screen and a lighting kit in preparation to make some of my own music videos. I’ve also been watching a lot of videos for ideas and editing tips. I stumbled on the video above which I find wonderfully nice.

“Shot entirely on the Nokia N8 mobile phone. Winner of the Nokia Shorts competition 2011.” – kcetin89

For more info: jwgriffiths.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 30, 2011 at 9:39 am, filed under video and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Redesigned YouTube Channel

About a month ago I wrote a post titled Post All Your Music in Full on YouTube (link). Well, I practice what I preach and have uploaded my new album Joyless Pleasure in it’s entirety. I also took the oppurtunity to refresh the look of the page. I added a 1600 pixel wide “Horrorist” logo wallpaper that shades to beige when you scroll down a bit. I also spent time tweaking the colors of the Channel to match the album’s look. I have no doubt uploading the songs in full is a good decision and I already see the view counts rising quickly. I also made a the embedable Joyless Pleasure playlist you see above. Big thanks to my graphic designer Maurice Roy for creating stills for each of the songs.

“When it comes to theme and module editing, users with no CSS or design experience will find themselves completely at ease with beautifying their channel design. The themes and colors are pretty self-explanatory, so you can pick a preset theme, start toying with colors, and get an as-it-happens preview while you tweak. You can still upload a custom background image and adjust the coloring for every element of your channel. Once you’re done, just click save to publish the new design publicly.” – mashable.com

For more info: youtube.com/thingstocomerecords

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm, filed under promotion, video and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



One Minute Puberty

One Minute Puberty from bitteschön.tv on Vimeo.

There’s no experience like moving through your teenage years. It’s amazing how strong, crazy and risk taking you can get. This video is a good reminder.

“YOUR LIFE IS ON FIRE. NO CLOUD MAY HARM YOU IN THE HEAVENS YOU ARE IN. NO FROST MAY BURN YOUR HARVEST THAT YOU HAVE NOT BROUGHT IN. NO RAT CAN BITE YOU, IN THE DEEPEST OF ALL SLEEPS. THE FIRE IS INSIDE OF YOU. TRUELY, THE FIRE INSIDE OF YOU!” – bitteschön.tv

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/teenager

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 22, 2011 at 2:51 am, filed under video and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Bizarre Love Triangle

What a Valentine’s Day treat to find this graceful acoustic version of New Order’s 1987 hit Bizarre Love Triangle (iTunes Link). Gray haired freshly cut and clothes to fit Mr. Sumner’s decade in this classy video. If your a young one or was sleeping through the 80s check out the original: youtu.be/W2Ii0K77K1k

“Every time I see you falling I get down on my knees and pray. I’m waiting for that final moment. You say the words that I can’t say.” – New Order

For more info: wikipedia.org/New_order

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 14, 2011 at 5:38 am, filed under live performance, music, video and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Rockit!

I was 14 when I saw the 1984 Grammy’s and Herbie Hancock perform Rockit. It’s as fresh today as is was then. When I say fresh I mean FRESH. It wasn’t long before every suburban kid had pin-striped Lee’s and Shell Toe Adidas with fat laces (including me). Thanks to Laughing Squid for posting this and reminding me how great it was/is!

“In 1983, Hancock had a mainstream hit with the Grammy-award winning instrumental single “Rockit” from the album Future Shock. It was perhaps the first mainstream single to feature scratching, and also featured an innovative animated music video which was directed by Godley and Creme and showed several robot-like artworks by Jim Whiting. The video was a hit on MTV. The video won 5 different categories at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards. This single ushered in a collaboration with noted bassist and producer Bill Laswell. Hancock experimented with electronic music on a string of three LPs produced by Laswell: Future Shock (1983), Sound-System (1984) and Perfect Machine (1988). Despite the success of “Rockit”, Hancock’s trio of Laswell-produced albums (particularly the latter two) are among the most critically derided of his entire career, perhaps even more so than his erstwhile pop-jazz experiments. Hancock’s level of actual contribution to these albums was also questioned, with some critics contending that the Laswell albums should have been labelled “Bill Laswell featuring Herbie Hancock”.” – Wikipedia.org

For more info: wikipedia.org/Bill_Laswell

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm, filed under music, video and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Yuletide Derangement

Ok it’s December 11. Let’s get this X-Mas season going with Roxanne Versus The Red Nosed Reindeer.

Another Yuletide Derangement. Putting the ‘Ho back in Ho Ho Ho. – mojochronic

For more info: santastic4.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 11, 2010 at 4:49 am, filed under music, video and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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