Yoko Ono: The Lowdown – Sit down interview with Yoko
January 10, 2018 by riotwashere in Featured, Interviews 0 Comments

Below is an interview we conducted at AltSounds in 2010 with Yoko Ono. Over the coming months, we will be posting some of our favorite pieces from the AltSounds days of yore for everyone’s enjoyment and so that they don’t get lost forever. This interview was conducted by @mitchunlimited and was initially published on January 10th 2010, seven years ago if you can believe that?! I also wrote the forward below all those years ago! Yoko Ono needs no introduction. She has been making music for 40+ years, is an artist, a political activist and most famously of all (for me anyway) she was the love of the late John Lennon‘s life. Together the pair proved an unstoppable force, both making music together and in particular for their infamous efforts to promote World Peace. Her art, music, and activism was and is still WAY ahead of the crowd and the world would be a much better place today if people had just listened to what John and Yoko had to say way back when. In fact, the world could heed a lot by taking their advice even now. More recently Yoko, released a brand new album, “Between My Head and […]

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Imagine Dragons – Believer (Make The Cut MUG5 Edit)
April 12, 2017 by riotwashere in Experiments 0 Comments

While this can’t be listed as work, we definitely think it is worthy of showcasing to the world as we poured our heart, soul and creativity into this the same we do client work. Not ones to regularly even bother with contests and competitions in general, the “Make The Cut” contest for Imagine Dragons, which closed for entries on April 8th seemed worthy of our time – particularly as legendary 80s action star Dolph Lundgren features in the footage! This serves as a great example of our current editing work and capabilities too because it is unfiltered and 100% our creation from an edit perspective. As such it showcases some cool techniques that may have been too out there for a client. Imagine this as one of our RIOT experiments films but utilizing the footage of an awesome Adobe x Imagine Dragons contest as our canvas. There was about 50-60 clips given that covered the music video shoot and then about 5 atmosphere videos and another 5 Adobe Stock videos. You were only allowed to use the footage that was included with the download package was one major stipulation. We did 98% of this video, the edit, color and post […]

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Redirect to a new page at the end of a Youtube video on a WordPress Installation

We promised ourselves that as and when we overcome hurdles that we would post these results here so that other people can save time and effort by utilizing our solutions. These tips and tricks are from all over the board, and across all the mediums in which we work. Today’s is coding, and is related to both javascript and the YouTube API. Essentially, the code below allows you to redirect a user to a new URL once a Youtube video has ended.  This involves two things. You have to first make sure your embeds are using the Youtube Javascript API as this is what allows you to set a listener which triggers a redirect at the end of a video. Secondly, this code below specifically relates to people using WordPress as their sites install. This code was created for our website <a href=”http://altsds.co”>AltSounds</a>, where we needed to use this trick to keep the music never-ending for our visitors. There are obviously items that are going to be different in your installs so you’re going to need to use some intuition with regards to how to get this working on your site but it’s a very good jumping off point. STEP […]

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Video of the Day: Ásgeir – Unbound

“Unbound” by Ásgeir has been doing the rounds at Riot HQ for quite a few weeks now – giving it enough staying power for us to want to share with the rest of the world.  A glitchy, mellow and futuristic sounding song with absolutely stunning falsetto vocals that simply melt in your mouth, “Unbound” is the perfect level of eclectic weirdness that we adore. The beautifully shot and unique video deals in an unknown virtual reality world, where the subjects are able to express their deepest and darkest desires, through a futuristic virtual reality lens.  Throughout the film we watch multiple storylines intertwine, hooking us in right from the beginning until the last note rings out. We’ve been following Ásgeir and his work for many years – it just keeps getting better and better.  We advise everyone that loves this go back and check out more of Ásgeir’s work as it is sure to cleanse your musical palette. Click play and enjoy the magic.

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Song / Video of the Day: Wennink – Dissolve

“Dissolve” has been haunting me for a few weeks now.  Every time that sombre piano hits after the initial glitch, I find my mood instantly resets. I give sole focus to the song every single time.  I mean hell, “Dissolve” made me get on here and write this, that’s the power within it. It’s stunning, clever, thought provoking and pulls you into another dimension, where only you and the song exist for a moment. “Dissolve” makes me reflect on me and my day, rather than focusing on anyone else or even the song itself (and the intricacies contained within it) – it’s happy to just take me on a journey.  So my day huh? Today, I got the Santa Cruz blue hand with the mouth inside it tattooed on me and it looks rad, I worked all day (still am) and I’m currently waiting on the second burrito from Essex Taco in the Lower East Side on busy Friday night, within one hour, because it was that divine – I also just got called to check I actually wanted the second burrito!  It’s the first time Seamless and I have done express re-order and it’s dangerous. I was going to just put “Dissolve” up as […]

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RIOT Freebie | HD Videos of Sirhowy River, in Blackwood, Wales, UK
February 17, 2017 by riotwashere in Freebies, HD, Video 0 Comments

We love creating content, and are usually out multiple times every week working on something new and awesome, capturing a plethora of content as we go. As such, we thought it might be cool to share some of this content, for free on our website as part of our journal so that other film makers can benefit from our work. I mean, c’mon now, who doesn’t love free stuff? Essentially we will provide downloadable content to anyone that wants it, that can be used royalty free within their projects in exchange for two things. One, is to provide what is requested via the link gating software below – this is going to change depending on each individual asset but doing whatever action it asks below is the first step. Secondly we ask that you please credit RIOT and link to both http://riot.nyc and also list our social handle @riotwashere. By downloading the content you are hereby agreeing to the above. This first installment showcases two clips of the lovely Sirhowy River in Blackwood, Wales, UK and was filmed on 26th December, 2016. There is a medium shot and then a close-up shot also. When you follow the links you will […]

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RIOT Experiments: In Looping, Sound, Color & Shapes
February 14, 2017 by riotwashere in Experiments, Featured 0 Comments

We have started to spend some days of the week just experimenting, with no pre-defined goal and with no final outcome.  Above is our first true version of this and is the culmination of a few months work all rolled in to one.  The visuals were put together over the course of a few months, however the theme of playing around with shape, shape movement, vivid colors and repetition remained constant. The music was the final piece of the puzzle, with Chris “MUG5” Maguire finishing this composition just a few days ago.  The audible creation ended up feeling like it would work well with these visuals and after spending a day then matching the visual movements to the music we end up with out first RIOT experiments film. We have placed the film in our journal as this was put together purely for fun and is not a commissioned or official RIOT production.  That said, it stills offers a look into some of the many sides to the RIOT personality and visual identity.

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Song / Video of the Day: “Half Below” by TEPR

We’re always on the look out for a good track to work too. If you get the right song, where you just can’t help but jive with it, then you’re golden. You’re inspired, your ass is moving back and forth in the seat – you’re just generally far more happy with your current situation because of that song. Well “Half Below” by TEPR is our latest “song to work to” gem that we discovered and just can’t get enough of. We were so inspired in fact that we also put together some of our own imagery inspired by listening to the song on loop. We recommend you listen to the song a bunch of times before actually moving on to the video at all. Fall in love with the song first and the video gives you this awesome addition to something you weren’t sure could get better. The song version is 5:55 in length, whereas the video version is just a minuscule 2:14 – although it packs a massive punch in that short time with some fantastic inspiring visuals that are unique, well done and funny (our favorite being the skull kitting himself with his bones as if he is […]

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Mac OS Tip: How to Save an Application that has the Beach Ball of Death

This scenario is going to sound familiar to all of you reading this. While you’re usually a COMMAND & S god, today for some reason you’ve forgotten to do it.  Then, out of the blue you do something and up pops the Apple beach ball of death. You’re a believer though, so you decide to give it a little time to allow it to “fix itself”.  As such you go buy a coffee, or go smoke a cigarette – five minutes should be enough time for the computer to figure out what’s happening right? You come back to your desk and it’s still there. You start losing hope. That’s when you realize you’ve probably spent two hours working on something without saving and, of course Adobe’s auto save hasn’t been efficiently working as per usual. As such you stand to lose a lot of work. So what do you do? Eventually, as happens for all of us, you give up and force quit the application, lose the work and then have to re-do it all over again.  The problem is that second time around, the work never seems as good. Sound familiar? Yeah it does. It’s happened to us a […]

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Fun Friday: Presidential Debate Recap
September 30, 2016 by riotwashere in Fun Friday, Humor 0 Comments

Not sure how many of you guys watched the first Presidential debate, but we tuned in to watch what ended up being a very prepared, yet seemingly nervous Hillary Clinton battling with a very unprepared, loud and brash Donald Trump that used the verbal interruption, stating “wrong” over and over at Clinton in what seemed to be an attempt to distract people from the details Clinton was discussing. Since the debate we have seen numerous parodies and joke videos surrounding Donald Trump’s performance that night, a lot focusing on his constant sniffing throughout the entire debate. What we didn’t see however from the bunch was what stood out to us most after a few days of letting it digest, and that was Trump interrupting Clinton over and over and over again telling her she was “WRONG!”. As such we decided, as part of our #funfriday series to put together a Donald Trump parody video. The idea was to make a seamless loop, which is simply Trump stating “WRONG” and have it to the point that a viewer might get lost in it and find themselves watching it for a minute or two in the hope that something different might happen […]

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