thinglets: Canadian Rockies Time-Lapse Montage


I'm continuously amazed at how technology has brought us closer to reality in allowing one person trekking around to capture shots like this. While you can certainly watch the embed here on the blog, if it's not giving you the full HD experience, I'd recommend going to the Vimeo source page and clicking full screen.

Makes me want to drive a lot slower and out of reach the next time I cross Canada. Commendable job with scenery that is oft-shot, but rarely so beautifully.

thinglets: the stunning visuals of inter // states

I'm certainly not an aficionado of electronica. I kind of like most of it, but it rarely blows me away. This much is true in the soundtrack to inter // states video by Woob. The video however, is something to behold. Absolutely beautiful. I almost want to mashup some old Philip Glass below it and chant Koyaanisqatsi. A beautiful job by Samuel Cockedey. Check it out in HD fullscreen: awesome!

thinglets: Some Great Television Music Montages

Here are some of my choices of television scenes where I thought music was used in a particularly inventive fashion. If you have others, please drop the links into the comments or just recall them from memory. Hope you enjoy these!

Beatles - All You Need Is Love - The Prisoner

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms - West Wing

Grateful Dead - Ripple - Freaks and Geeks

Patti Smith - Horses - Millennium

thinglets: I'll have the "Combo" with a side of wicked cool!

Blu from has done some incredible time lapse/real world animations over the past few years. I remember watching That's Incredible when I was a kid and seeing the epic domino runs thinking about how much time it must have taken. Then I saw some of the videos for OK Go and thought the same thing. For me, Blu takes it to an entirely new level.

Kudos to the execution of an amazing Combo.

thinglets: Stop (Time) Motion (Lapse)

Since I was a kid, I always thought timelapse and stop motion videos were cool. I'll never forget, a bit older, seeing "The Grid" section of the film Koyaanisqatsi for the first time and being blown away by a 24 hour cycle in 10 minutes with the magical repetition of Philip Glass behind it.

Vimeo has an entire section of these types of videos and I encourage you to check some of them out. Here are a few of my favourites upon a very short scan of a scant few of over 500 pages in this category alone:

thinglets: Glimpses and Impressions of Canada


An absolutely elegant and beautiful selection from This is like a gentle version of something one might have seen in Koyanisqaatsi series a couple of decades ago. Best part is, you don't have to be Canadian to appreciate the simplicity and juxtaposition of images and sound.

"This film depicts 24 hours in the life of an imagined city – a composite that draws on all Canadian cities. This imaginary day unfolds through the course of four seasons and reveals the nature of places and the people that make them so vibrant. The images in the film slowly come together with deft, impressionistic touches. Adopting the rhythm of someone strolling through the city, they intermingle and reply to each other – evoking a different story for each viewer." -

thinglets: How to use "new" media for an old purpose

I've been a fan of the band Phish for well over a decade. They're a band whose popularity was the end result of social media even before the phrase became de rigeur. By allowing free recording of their shows and never repeating setlists, BBS news would spread every night of songs played, and within 24 hours, entire shows for free download would appear on FTP sites. The Phish newsgroups sometimes had 1000 posts a day and people used the web to arrange cassette and eventually CD trading vines.

After hundreds of shows and over 25 years, the band still has not lost its sense of humor or its ability to gravitate to an internet crowd. That they appreciate the need to advertise an upcoming tour on the web is, I suppose, expected. That they can find a way to do it that makes me smile and glad that I've already got tickets is a bonus.

Here's to a band that is willing to put money out for a fan base that is committed and will follow the band wherever they go. A band that's never had a song on the charts or a music video of note.

I applaud the effort. I love the cheekiness. I know that as long as a quarter-century old band can continue to be this creative, they will keep drawing new fans to shows. And isn't that a big part of what social and new media are all about?