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Singing in a scanner

Music Video / Film

Posted by Gavin Lucas, 28 January 2013, 16:42    Permalink    Comments (7)

Director Adam Powell's latest music video (for musician Sivu's track Better Man Than He) was "shot" using an MRI scanner at London's St Bartholomew's Hospital...

Although he had to spend two hours in the scanner, we're told that Sivu was given a clean bill of health at the end of the shoot. Here's the video:

Director: Adam Powell
Production company: RSA Films
Record label: ASL Records

In recent years we've noted a few music videos created using live action footage captured using gadgetry other than traditional cameras - perhaps the most memorable of which is Radiohead's 2008 House of Cards video (still, above) directed by James Frost using footage captured using lasers and scanners.



Regular readers may also recall the New Look video we posted in late 2011 shot using an X-box Kinect 'camera' created by directors Tim & Joe at Colonel Blimp (still shown above).

And also worth checking out is UVA's 2006 video for Colder's track To The Music (still, above), shot using a 3D scanner, which you can view here.

Plus, if you're a fan of seeing MRI footage of vocals being delivered, wired.com posted a story last week about a research project at the University of Southeren California in which beatboxers were 'filmed' using an MRI scanner. Read that piece (and watch the video) here.

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7 Comments

a friend of mine had to wait two months
for an mri scan. he has a brain tumour;
hardly a priority.
ak
2013-01-28 17:49:46


Second the above. Seems irresponsible to use an MRI scanner for a music video.
James Nelson
2013-01-29 01:19:49


@above...
St Bart's run tests every day on MRI for both students and field research. Public volunteers can play part in trials lasting weeks at a time, I've signed up online myself (my housemate is studying for a PhD and introduced me to it).

Borrowing an MRI for 2-3 hours to simply collect visuals (ie. not take up anyone else's time other than the MRI operator) is hardly irresponsible use. Shame to let that ruin a decent music video.
Gavin JD
2013-01-29 11:06:27


This is easier to do than many people would think and it doesn't need an MRI scanner, we've just completed a project using a similar concept. http://www.wearefrostfire.com
James Wallace
2013-01-29 13:37:48


"Lasers and scanners" without lasers and scanners:
http://www.youtube.com/user/andreigirich?feature=guide
andrei
2013-01-29 15:37:31


@Gavin JD I was under the impression it was quite difficult to get an MRI scan, or at least that patients have to wait quite long to get an appointment. I guess you learn something every day. I can imagine someone waiting for a scan might be incensed by finding a music video using one though.
James Nelson
2013-01-29 21:34:59


So in Boston, MRI can be booked for the next day, that is how available it is. No rush on the MRI scanners here, now the PET Scanners, entirely different story.
Susan Stange
2013-02-07 18:42:49


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