25 Times Music and Technology Collided

25 Times Music and Technology Collided

Technology and music go hand-in-hand. Unless you’re singing or playing a non-electric instrument ‘round the campfire, technology is going to be involved. Sorry, Bob Dylan fans in 1965! However you like to get your fix, vinyl, tapes, CDs, MP3s and streaming services have all helped bring songs to every inch of the globe. Let’s not forget the music video either! Do your thing, technology. We see you.  

Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah became big because of Shrek. The song went mostly underappreciated for years, even as other artists kept covering it, until a version of it was used in a movie about an ogre, a princess, and a donkey. Then it started popping up everywhere. CRACKED.COM

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The special effects in Hype Williams' $2 million video haven't really stood the test of time, but the double entendres, skintight costumes and bits where their tongues nearly touch have. CRACKED

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The morphing technology used in John Landis's $4 million epic was totally cutting-edge stuff at the time, which could probably be done fairly well on an iPhone these days. Plus, a cameo from Macaulay goddamn Culkin. CRACKED

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Pharrell's 24-hour music video. ISE 08:57AM AM 08 SHARE THIS MOMENT Directed by We Are from LA, the full length version of Pharrell's 2014 hit Happy is 24 hours long. It filmed hundreds of regular people and celebrities dancing to the song overll days of shooting and 42 separate locations around L.A. CRACKED

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A-ha's TAKE ON ME blended live action and animation. Director Steve Barron and animators Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger used a technique called rotoscoping, which involves tracing over live-action footage, frame by frame. Four months and over 3,000 drawings later, they had arguably the most iconic music video of all time. CRACKED

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MTV had a very fitting first music video. At 12:01a.m. on August 1st, 1981, Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles became the very first music video on MTV. The video was released in 1979, so the band definitely saw the changing of the guard and capitalized. CRACKED

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