Flash Videos / Consoles
Back in the 80s and 90s people used to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on pop videos. If your song contained the idea of fire, you got pyrotechnicians to make real fire in the video. If it was a love song you hired a helicopter to get some moody aerial shots of you walking along a rugged mountain track looking bleak and melancholy. If it was a humming, buzzing piece of space techno, you sent cameras into space, and so on.
Now there's Flash, an amazingly clean, simple piece of computer software which allows you to animate to your heart's content. It costs almost nothing, and it allows the visionary musician or his visionary friends to come up with colourful corollaries for lyrical and musical ideas.
Two resident New Yorkers have made Flash pieces for songs from the 2001 Momus album, Folktronic. Kinya Hanada is Mumbleboy and, together with his sound design guy E*Rock he's made an interpretation (a visual and aural remix, you might call it) of 'Tape Recorder Man'. John Robert Howell (Jack to the downtown crowd) created a Flash console for the Momus art show Folktronia. Here you can interact with six songs through a specially designed transport mechanism.
In June 2002 Momus and Florian Perret collaborated on a Flash commission for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. You can see the result, Suffusia: A Beautiful Life, here.