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10 Mind-Boggling Interactive Music Videos

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For music videos, just standing in front of a camera and pretending to play your hit single doesn’t cut it anymore. These amazing modern videos don’t just let fans watch and listen—they give the viewers control.

1. Tanlines – “Not the Same”

The band Tanlines invites fans to create their own music video in a pseudo-Photoshop. Users can add or remove musicians, change the opacity, and pick their favorite backdrop from options that include a beach, Jupiter, and the Brooklyn Bridge. If you want to make an appearance in the music video, there’s an Instagram option: share a picture with the hashtag, #notthesame and see yourself (or your dinner last night) projected on your computer screen. There’s even a live fish cam that shows video footage of the aquarium at Zetta Headquarters.

2. Beck – “Sound and Vision”

Beck’s project “Hello, Again” recreated David Bowie’s three-minute “Sound and Vision” into a ten-minute live experience. The enigmatic performer played a guitar on the center circular stage while surrounded by an audience and 160 other musicians, including a string orchestra, marching band, and even a musical saw.

Fans who could not make the live performance did not completely miss out. Beck teamed up with Chris Milk to create a virtual concert that can be viewed online. The viewer has the option of watching the show via three different 360-degree rotating cameras. If the user turns on his or her webcam, the view moves according to head movements, as if the viewer were looking around the venue in real life. For added fun, fans can also choose different effects like “fisheye” and “little planet.”

3. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Carry Me”

This twitchy music video featuring movable dancers and band members was created by the studio Powster. By dragging the screen left or right, the viewer could change the angles and movements. It was inspired by Eadweard Muybridge's galloping horses. Filming required nine takes per scene for the full fluid animation. You can see the behind the scenes video here. 

4. Bob Dylan – “Like a Rolling Stone”

Almost 50 years after the song's initial release, “Like a Rolling Stone” finally got its own music video. And not just any music video: this one featured an online television with 16 channels. Viewers can flip through the channels and see various actors, musicians and cartoons lip-sync the words. Some highlights include: Pawn Stars, The Bachelor, and Danny Brown eating junk food. Rolling Stone named it the greatest song of all time, so it’s only fitting that Dylan's classic now has one of the greatest music videos of all time.

5. Koren Ensemble – “Life on Mars”

Daniel Koren is a musician, director, and comedian. All of these talents shine through in his interactive music video where he teases and harasses various musicians on a cardboard stage. Throughout the video, the viewer is given choices that impact the video and the actual song. For example, if you pick the keyboard, a keyboardist will start playing. Participants can also choose the volume of the music, and what prank Koren should perform next.

6. Light Light – “Kilo”

This crowdsourced music video is called “Do Not Touch.” Users’ mouse movements are recorded and then added to a giant collage. The viewers are given specific directions, like “stay in the green,” or “form a smiley face.” It’s interesting to see how well the little arrows follow directions.

7. Chairlift – “Met Before”

This music video plays like a choose-your-own-adventure game. Using the arrow keys, the player can move the protagonist from room to room and impact the storyline. There’s a variety of different versions and outcomes. The director, Jordan Fish, explained the time commitment of making an interactive video:

“The treatment wasn't a linear script, it was a flowchart, which looks like a big branching tree of choices. In the end, the planning process was probably more time-consuming than the shoot or the edit, compared to a non-interactive video.”

8. Cold War Kids – “I’ve Seen Enough”

Cold War Kids' music video for “I’ve Seen Enough” lets the viewer dictate how the song is played. Director Sam Jones filmed each band member individually before stitching them together. In the finished product fans can then decide between four instruments each musician should play.

9. The Presets – “No Fun”

Viewers are presented with a musical cube that they can rotate or completely flatten. The side of the cube the listener is looking at determines what version of the single “No Fun” will play.

10. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

The Canadian band has made so many interactive music videos that this list could theoretically be just their work. Some notable examples include, “Neon Bible,” “Sprawl II,” and “Wilderness Downtown.” The most recent addition is for the track, “Reflektor.” Using a webcam or mouse, viewers can control various aspects of light throughout the music video. 

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30 Fierce Barbra Streisand Quotes
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Barbra Streisand is an artist of many talents. In addition to her famed singing and songwriting career, she’s also a celebrated actress and filmmaker with a host of accolades and awards—including two Oscars, nine Golden Globes, 10 Grammys, six Emmys, and one Tony—on her resume (so far). While Streisand, who turns 76 years old today, may be one of the best-selling artists of all time, what truly makes her memorable is her total originality. While her creative talents made her a star, her no-nonsense attitude has made her an icon, as evidenced by the quotes below.

1. ON HER WILD YOUTH.

“I was kind of a wild child. I wasn't taught the niceties of life.”

2. ON PURSUING YOUR DREAMS.

“As a young woman, I wanted nothing more than to see my name in lights.”

3. ON REMAINING TRUE TO ONESELF.

“I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me.”

4. ON INSTINCT.

“I go by instinct—I don't worry about experience.”

5. ON BEING CONTRADICTORY.

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“I was a personality before I became a person—I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.”

6. ON TRUSTING YOURSELF.

“You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.”

7. ON THE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS.

“Success to me is having 10 honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each slice.”

8. ON APPLAUSE.

“What does it mean when people applaud? Should I give 'em money? Say thank you? Lift my dress? The lack of applause—that I can respond to.”

9. ON BAD REVIEWS.

“I wish I could be like [George Bernard] Shaw, who once read a bad review of one of his plays, called the critic, and said: 'I have your review in front of me and soon it will be behind me.’”

10. ON THE DEFINITION OF “EGO.”

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“To have ego means to believe in your own strength. And to also be open to other people's views. It is to be open, not closed. So, yes, my ego is big, but it's also very small in some areas. My ego is responsible for my doing what I do—bad or good.”

11. ON DOUBLE STANDARDS.

“Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work ... a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work.”

12. ON SAYING WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND.

“I knew that with a mouth like mine, I just had to be a star or something.”

13. ON THE LESS GLAMOROUS SIDE OF SHOW BUSINESS.

“I don't enjoy public performances and being up on a stage. I don't enjoy the glamour. Like tonight, I am up on stage and my feet hurt.”

14. ON GETTING IT RIGHT.

“I don't care what you say about me. Just be sure to spell my name wrong.”

15. ON FOLLOWING YOUR HEART.

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“Nobody on this earth has the right to tell anyone that their love for another human being is morally wrong.”

16. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH.

“I can take any truth; just don't lie to me.”

17. ON KEEPING IT SIMPLE.

“I like simple things. Elastic waists, so I can eat.”

18. ON WHY BEING “DIFFICULT” CAN BE A GOOD THING.

“I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.”

19. ON LIMITATIONS.

“I just don't want to be hampered by my own limitations.”

20. ON THE TRUTHFULNESS OF AN AUDIENCE.

"The audience is the best judge of anything. They cannot be lied to. Truth brings them closer. A moment that lags—they're gonna cough.”

21. ON FINDING THE PERFECT MATCH.

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“What is exciting is not for one person to be stronger than the other ... but for two people to have met their match and yet they are equally as stubborn, as obstinate, as passionate, as crazy as the other.”

22. ON THE FUTILITY OF MYTHS.

“Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression.”

23. ON THE NATURE OF PERFORMING.

“Performing, for me, has always been a very inner process.”

24. ON THE DOWNSIDE OF STARDOM.

“I think when I was younger, I wanted to be a star, until I became a star, and then it's a lot of work. It's work to be a star. I don't enjoy the stardom part. I only enjoy the creative process.”

25. ON THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE.

“Sometimes you resent the people you love and need the most. Love is so fascinating in all its forms, and I think everyone who has ever been a mother will relate to this.”

26. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DOUBTING YOURSELF.

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"Doubt can motivate you, so don't be afraid of it. Confidence and doubt are at two ends of the scale, and you need both. They balance each other out."

27. ON AMBITION.

"I've always liked working really hard and then doing nothing in particular. So, consequently, I didn't overexpose myself; I guess I maintained a kind of mystery. I wasn't ambitious."

28. ON CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.

“I'm a work in progress.”

29. ON HER FAMOUS NOSE.

“I've considered having my nose fixed. But I didn't trust anyone enough. If I could do it myself with a mirror.”

30. ON BEING AN ORIGINAL.

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“I guess if you have an original take on life, or something about you is original, you don't have to study people who came before you. You don't have to mimic anybody. You just have a gut feeling inside, an instinct that tells you what's right for you, and you can't do it in any other way.”

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Everything You Need to Know About Record Store Day
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The unlikely resurgence of vinyl as an alternative to digital music formats is made up of more than just a small subculture of purists. Today, more than 1400 independent record stores deal in both vintage and current releases. Those store owners and community supporters created Record Store Day in 2007 as a way of celebrating the grassroots movement that’s allowed a once-dying medium to thrive.

To commemorate this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, a number of stores (a searchable list can be found here) will be offering promotional items, live music, signings, and more. While events vary widely by store, a number of artists will be issuing exclusive LPs that will be distributed around the country.

For Grateful Dead fans, a live recording of a February 27, 1969 show at Fillmore West in San Francisco will be released and limited to 6700 copies; Arcade Fire’s 2003 EP album will see a vinyl release for the first time, limited to 3000 copies; "Roxanne," the Police single celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will see a 7-inch single release with the original jacket art.

The day also promises to be a big one for David Bowie fans. A special white vinyl version of 1977’s Bowie Now will be on shelves, along with Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78), a previously-unreleased, three-record set. Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, and dozens of other artists will also be contributing releases.

No store is likely to carry everything you might want, so before making the stop, it might be best to call ahead and then plan on getting there early. If you’re one of the unlucky vinyl supporters without a brick and mortar store nearby, you can check out Discogs.com, which will be selling the special releases online.

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