Flume: Intelligent Sounds

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Music Video: Visual Effects (Flame), Compositing

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Listen up Daft Punk: there’s a new robot DJ in town.

After recently touring the UK and USA with Disclosure, Flume (otherwise known as 21-year-old Australian electronic music prodigy Harley Streten) has created a new exclusive track – for Intel.

Demonstrating the creative power of Intel’s mobile processors, “Intelligent Sounds” sees Felix the Robot Conductor and an orchestra of tablet-powered robot instruments come to life to perform the new track, composed by Flume specifically for this purpose.

Each ‘member’ of Intelligent Sound’s tablet band was programmed with synthesised notes and triggered to play through on cue, while robot arms were pre-programmed to hit the required notes in time with the final song. Robot arms and fingers are also controlled via tablet to trigger more organic sounds of drums, horns and more. Instruments are decked out in neon lights, flashing with each note and robotic movement, complimenting the blend of analogue sounds that build towards an epic digital crescendo.

Making use of the infinity prism featured in Flume’s on-stage shows, the final performance is truly a feat of engineering and visual design, the culmination of decades of technological advancements, so obviously a ‘Making Of’ video was also vital. You can check that out here, and perhaps pick up a few DIY robot music tips…

I onlined the music video, completing VFX including screen animation and replacement, cleanups, robot face replacement, and general compositing.

Credits:

Agency:
The Monkeys
ECD:
Justin Drape & Micah Walker
Agency Producer:
Jade Wannell
Production Company:
Finch
Director:
Alexander Roberts
Producer:
Camilla Dehnert
Production Designer:
Enzo Iacono
Colourist:
Scott Maclean
Flame Artist:
Scott Geersen
Logo Animation:
Raoul Teague
Tracking:
Khiem Huynh
Producer:
Abby Buick
Agency Producer:
Jade Wanell

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