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Radiohead + digital technologies

by HDA Paris

It’s Friday… It’s almost the weekend…It’s a full moon….You can download ‘The King of Limbs’ now if you so wish! Thank you good people for waiting … Have a great weekend wherever you are….
By this informal post on their blog, Radiohead announced last Friday their new album « The King of limbs ».
At the moment the album is exclusively distributed on the web as it was for the previous one « In Rainbows ». Unlike Rainbows choose-your-own-adventure price, The King of Limbs (available digitally here) has a fixed price of  $9 for an MP3 download. [ via Music Mix ]
This new album gives me the opportunity to talk about a project by Radiohead I really loved and its name is RADIOHEAD / HOUSE OF CARDS (first image above). For the making of « House of Cards » video (below) from the album « In Rainbows », Radiohead made an interesting experiment combining different digital technologies.

No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.
You can watch below the very interesting making-of video to learn about how the video was made and the various technologies that were used to capture and render 3D data.

I also recommend you to explore this amazing data visualization through a 3D viewer where you can use your mouse to further manipulate the data and create your own visualizations.
For further information and updates about Radiohead, you can follow their blog Dead Air Space

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