A tribute to Cosmos

I just ran across this today, thanks Slashdot. It’s a tribute to Carl Sagan of Cosmos fame and was put together by auto-tuning Sagan’s own dialogue. Auto-tuning is a method by which you can change the pitch of an existing sound. It is often used to “fix” mistakes musicians make when recording. More recently, it has been used to create entire new works of art by modifying the pitch of recordings to the point of distortion and “tuning” them to follow a given musical flow. In the end, you end up with something like the following video:

You can download this video, or an MP3 of this from the artists site. I also recommend checking out The Gregory Brothers and all of their auto-tuning goodness.

From Dinosaurs to Humans …

Evolution, through tech. This is insanely cool… Sure, it’s an ad, but it’s a damn good one. It’s for a german company called Saturn, which I’ve never heard of. According to their website, they’re a consumer electronics company, kind of like Best Buy, I guess. Enjoy the video. (It’s also available in High Definition. You can reach it here, or just click the HQ button on the video after it starts)


Video Cloning

Slashdot ran a story today about a group of graphic designers who put together a realistic World War II D-Day invasion film.  The original story is here.  When Saving Private Ryan was filmed, it took upwards of 1000 extras to film this scene.  These guys did it with 3.

They used green screens and staged pyrotechnics to create the various explosions, props, and other effects.  In the end, the completed scene is incredibly realistic and lifelike.  Incredible work for a small crew.

So, without further ado :