The RED Hydrogen was a unique approach for RED and one that offered a lot of promise. That was until the company decided to change direction and cancelled the RED Hydrogen One indefinitely with no further development – including the previously promised add-ons. For the early RED Hydrogen One adopters this was likely annoying and, after cancelling the RED Hydrogen One they offered a $1000 discount to RED Hydrogen One owners as a discount towards their new and very sought after micro cinematic camera the RED Komodo. As of right now, if you’re an existing Hydrogen owner you can still get the $1000 discount until some time in December 2020. Weirdly however, the release of the Komodo also rejuvenated people’s interest in the RED Hydrogen One phone – a discontinued but highly sought after device. Currently, you can get a brand new, unboxed Hydrogen One on ebay for $250-300, a sixth of it’s original cost and trust us, it packs a punch for that price point – so much so we just bought a second one. The RED Hydrogen One comes into its own as a set control and monitoring device. It can be used as a control for a […]Read More
For a couple of years, I lived out in Los Angeles. “Come on Feel The Lemonheads” was played on a constant rotation in my black 1991 Chevrolet Corvette as I drove around California. The Lemonheads were the band from my childhood that just nailed the Californian care free vibe and sound. Turns out my ears were deceiving me all along as The Lemonheads are actually from Boston, 3000+ miles from where I had always imagined their sound had originated from! It didn’t matter though, California sparked my love for The Lemonheads all over again twenty plus years later. Running back through the vast AltSounds interview archives I found this gem from November 2006 with lead singer of The Lemonheads Evan Dando where he promises to make our writer a personal mix CD! I wonder if she actually ever got it?! — Interview with Evan Dando of The Lemonheads by Lina Rahman, 8th November 2006. It is a strange feeling to realize you have just spoken to someone with whom you have loved (albeit, from afar) since the age of 14. It is even stranger to have them sing down the phone to you and offer to make you a mix […]Read More
As part of a continued look back into some of the AltSounds interview archives we stumbled upon this gem of an interview with Kele Okereke of Bloc Party about his solo EP “Candy Flip” that was conducted by the ever brilliant Greg Arthur back in 2014. Expect more from the archives this year as we start to showcase some of our favorite AltSounds interviews of yore. There’s no better form of inspiration than listening to others talk about their craft. If you have 5 minutes read more about the fascinating character that is Kele Okereke. — Hi Kele. Hello. We recently reviewed “Candy Flip” which was great, and we did “Heartbreaker” at the end of last year. I’m not particularly a House music fan, but I really enjoyed them. Thank you. I’m more of an indie/rock n roll fan, so firstly‚ why the change in style? I’ve almost seen three different Kele’s: the Bloc Party Kele, the producer/DJ that you’re doing now, and the kind of in between phase of both where you realized your previous solo records. Well, I guess I don’t really see it as changing my style, I just see it as a continuation of my style. I’m […]Read More
So tonight, after delving through some old Mini DV tapes I ended up going down a rabbit hole of old AltSounds footage and realized that there isn’t a lot of it online. The one gem I did come across however, and that is worth 8+ minutes of everyone’s time is a pilot episode of AltSounds TV we created back in 2010 at Sonisphere, featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot / Stone Sour. I had created this weird futuristic world through my art and I realized it could be a scene for the cutaway scenes for the pilot of the AltSounds TV show. Next, I met Canz Rickman and we started talking about the realities of making AltSounds a TV show that would be based out of Cardiff. He was gonna handle the filming of things. I was gonna handle the access to the festival, the venue, the band etc. After which we’d collaborate on the final cut. The one and only (thus far) AltSounds TV episode is above and I hope you all enjoy. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this back and remembering this moment in time and I’m inspired to chase the truth that I re-discovered through this film.Read More
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 […]Read More
We’ve been collaborating with Clinique a lot lately and, as part of our creative exploration we do lots of different types of creative work in pre-production to test out shots, looks, colors etc. The video above is a work in progress video we created for Clinique to test out musical, shot and color vibes for an upcoming creative campaign. Enjoy and feel free to leave thoughts in the comments.Read More
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 […]Read More
“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.Read More
“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 […]Read More
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