The images that flow organically in the video are actually a puzzle made up of many individual pieces. Instead of playing a finished song completely through, the project’s approach was a different one. The song may have already existed in a raw version. But only individual sounds were recorded during the filming – which were later combined to form the completed song. The production of the video took a total of eight months.
For the filming of the video, Stanford used a lot of devices and contraptions that he had built himself. But when it came to the music instruments, microphones and headphones, he relied on established brands. Among others, he used the MOMENTUM Headphone and the HD800 from Sennheiser. “I need headphones that can reproduce all frequencies,” he says.
Searching for the Perfect Machine
Following his initial resounding success, Stanford came up with bigger experiments for his second video. And he worked with robots. He no longer wanted to generate music with his own hands, he wanted the machines to play the instruments. “We had to be careful. They were the fastest robots in the world,” Stanford says. One wrong move and they could have tossed him into the wall.
The filming was more complicated than his first video. For a total of a week, Stanford filmed together with a team of 40 people. “I like to get my hands dirty,” he says. During the making of this video too, he followed the maxim: Only the best is good enough. Stanford and his team lit up an entire warehouse, with the lights and cameras controlled by various programs.
The orange robots gently strum the strings of a guitar and rapidly play the keys of a keyboard. The video demonstrates the potential power of combining artificial intelligence with music.
At the beginning of the video, Stanford shows them how he plays. At the end, the machines show him new ways of playing. The finished video will be released at the beginning of 2016.
In the future, Stanford plans to work even more intensely with artificial intelligence. He’s currently working on software that will be able to compose music on its own. Some of these songs will find their way onto his new album. He also plans to continue combining music with visual effects.