Best New Videos II

Animation!  Macro Imagery!  Live action!  The second installment of Best New Videos presents a cornucopia of sight and sound for your viewing and listening pleasure!

The recent Vimeo Awards are a sign that all is well in the short-form video industry.  The channel has upgraded since our last feature, and now boasts an extremely browser-friendly template with an increased amount of staff picks.  2011 was the year in which Bandcamp trounced MySpace; 2012 may be the year in which Vimeo trounces YouTube.  We hope that you enjoy this season’s handpicked selection!

Johnny Kelly:  Shelly
Music:  Clogs, “Kapsburger”

Shelly from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.

This student project was made a few years ago, but just popped up online.  It begins in a charming, whimsical fashion, but in the end, it just breaks your heart.  😦

Diego Stocco ~ Music from Nature

Diego Stocco – Music from Nature from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

You needed cheering up after the lobster video, didn’t you?  This should do the trick.  It’s Stocco’s second appearance in our first two installments.  “Music from Nature” is a natural descendent of Coldcut’s “Natural Rhythm.”  Stocco’s fascination with the sonic properties of everything he encounters continues to inspire.

Raúl Gómez ~ Ordinary Symphony

Ordinary Symphony from Raúl Gómez on Vimeo.

Another slightly older (2011) video that recently surfaced for the international community, “Ordinary Symphony” is fun to watch because it keeps the eye moving from place to place.  Those who like this video may also enjoy a card game called “Spot It!”.

Stephen Meierding ~ Bicycle Sounds

Bicycle Sounds from Stephen Meierding on Vimeo.

Winner of the Bicycle Short Film Festival, “Bicycle Sounds” may remind some of the work of Origamibiro.  Not only is it a wonderful short film, it double-teams as a fine new composition.

Max Hattler ~ Shift
Music:  David Kamp

Shift (by Max Hattler) from Max Hattler on Vimeo.

Exquisite sound design is the key to this intriguingly precise video.  The editing is immaculate, and the synching of sight and sound is absolute.  Hattler demonstrates what should be common knowledge:  a successful music video is not just pretty pictures welded to pleasant sound.

Thallus ~ Focus the Play
Director:  Tonje Thilesen

Thallus – Focus The Play from Tonje Thilesen on Vimeo.

So you think you lack the budget to make an effective music video?  Look what this director does with water, paint and light.  Hollywood producers could learn a lot by watching this lesson in economy.

Hilary Hahn and Hauschka ~ Bounce Bounce
Director:  Hayley Morris

“Bounce Bounce” by Hilary Hahn and Hauschka from Hayley Morris on Vimeo.

Playful, beautiful stop-motion animation, done the old fashioned, painstaking way.  Sure, one could use a computer to speed up the process, but the end result would be much less charming.

Clemens Wirth ~ Micro Empire
Music:  Radium Audio

Micro Empire from Clemens Wirth on Vimeo.

Previously featured on our News page, “Micro Empire” represents the beginning of a new short video series, following the extremely successful “Macro Empire” series of last year.  Wirth continues to go from strength to strength, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Cokau ~ Prie Dieu
Music:  Amon Tobin, “Surge (16-bit remix)”

Prie Dieu from Cokau on Vimeo.

Winner of the Experimental category in this year’s Vimeo Awards, “Prie Dieu” is a stunning visual treat, bolstered by incredible colors and lighting.  No praying mantises were hurt.

Richard Allen

2 comments

  1. Jojo

    Amazing! Thanks for the post! 🙂

  2. Pingback: Best New Videos III « a closer listen

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