OK Go Does It Again
What do you get when you mix a gaggle engineers, a warehouse in LA and OK Go? A three minute fifty three second Rube Goldberg from hell that is the band’s new video for their single “This Too Shall Pass” off their new album Of the Blue Color of Sky. As one can clearly see the new video smashes the bands former claim to fame treadmill video. No really, they actually smash it with a sledgehammer. The band hired Los Angeles based arts and technology collective Syn Labs to construct a machine that they could “dance with” for the new video, and boy does it dance. The giant mouse trap like contraption was constructed in a month and a half by upwards of sixty people working round the clock. The video, done in one continuous shot on a Steadicam, has some pretty spectacular moments, and even plays on a few themes that the discerning viewer might notice. My favorites include the Lego car that goes zooming across a mini road scene and into a road block, only to show up later as a full sized vehicle that down a ramp setting a giant arm in motion.
The machine’s stages seem to get larger and larger as the song progresses, going from marbles to soccer balls to globes to ginormous over sized playground balls. The whole thing gives us a nice “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” feeling. Of course getting a machine of this size and scope to perform on point for the full length of the song was a feat in and of itself. No Disney magic here people. When the band hired Syn Labs, it was with the stipulation that everything had to be rigged in the simplest way possible. That meant no motors, robotics or engineering magic. It took thirty people nearly an hour to set up the machine for each take, and like anything that requires that much trial and error, they certainly didn’t get it on the first shot. One thing is for certain, there may not be any magic behind the video’s construction but all that creativity and elbow grease gives one hell of an epic pay off.