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Radiohead just released a new video for its song "House of Cards" from the album "In Rainbows".

No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.

There are more videos and information on the page for this.

Exciting for Creative Commons is that the data (although not the music) used to produce this music video are being made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License on the Google Code site.

The Source code to the software used is being made available under a Apache License 2.0.

This combination of Open Source licenses for code and Creative Commons licenses for data/content is very "good idea".

The code and the data not the music are available on the radiohead Google Project Page.

Thanks to Aaron Koblin (the guy who wrote the code), Radiohead, Warner-Chappell and DeWitt Clinton and his team at Google for taking the lead on this. Awesome video and looking forward to seeing what other people do with the software and data.


Oh boy. This is great news. It's good that Thom & co are so deeply into environmental issues - but the ecology of culture and ideas is there too, deserving the attention of the masses.

Hope this is a first step. Radiohead & Free Culture would be a marriage made in heaven .. let's cross our fingers..

WOW this is fantastic art. infrastructure will collapse so forget about your house of cards.............!! Poetic prophetic and ultimatly sublime.truly a wonder in this mysterious ryme. amazing magnificence in this world of technic climbs. the beat is so smooth and so cool. its a long lost rythym in this new world of buisness coos. they give it freely and wonderfully in this world, progression and houses. as the days of man call latent ideas of cost and compromise. these wonderous come calling on beauty of a generation to negate the common woes of the past ideas. those ideas have past. fast "falling off the table" denial is what they ask us to submit.