THIS is the stuntman killed after he was shot in the chest as he helped make a music video.Johann Ofner, 28, was accidentally gunned down while filming a video for Australian band Bliss n Eso in Brisbane.Devastated friends of Ofner today paid tribute to a "great man" in a series of emotional Facebook messages.One read: "Rest in peace beautiful. you will be missed dearly xxx."The award-winning hip hop band released a statement confirming the tragedy.“We are able to confirm the death of a person occurred today at the filming of a Bliss n Eso music clip,” it read.“The band were (sic) not on site at the time.“The video production crew and our team are currently working with the police in their investigation and we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said filming was “occurring in the premises ... in relation to filming a music video” when the man was killed in what he called an … [Read more...] about First pics of stuntman ‘accidentally’ shot dead while filming Hip Hop music video after ‘several firearms’ were fired on set
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NICK Clegg played the role of Tom Hanks in a shot-for-shot remake of a Carly Rae Jepsen music video in an abandoned election broadcast.The party spent almost £8,000 creating a version of the Canadian popstar’s hit I Really Like You on the streets of Gravesend.In the run-up to last year’s General Election, where the party were almost wiped out, the Deputy Prime Minister took several days out from campaigning to shoot the video.The stunt was an attempt to make the then-Lib Dem leader “go viral” in the run-up to the ballot, but they got cold feet and never released it.Responding on Twitter to show the video to the world, the Lib Dem press office tweeted: “Absolutely not, sorry!”A former staff member Ben Rathe posted saying "yes, I've seen the video. No, I don't have a copy of it", and Phil Reilly, an adviser to Mr Clegg, said: "Sorry guys. You can't see the video."The only evidence is a video taken by a bystander who saw the some of the … [Read more...] about Nick Clegg played Tom Hanks in a remake of a Carly Rae Jepsen music video in an aborted £8,000 Lib Dem election stunt
The six day retrospective from April 15-20 is titled "Musikstadt Berlin" ("Music City Berlin"), presenting films, documentaries and shorts covering contemporary music in Berlin from the 1950s to the present day in four cinemas around the city. Alongside panel discussions with the film directors and music producers who have helped make Berlin one of Europe's key musical hotspots, the program unearths cinematic rarities such as Uli Schueppel's 1991 film "The Song," which documents Australian musician Nick Cave's three-day recording blitz in the legendary Hansa Studios. Another novelty is "Revue um Mitternacht" ("Midnight Revue"), a 1961 comedy-drama following the production of a revue film and one of the few musicals ever produced by DEFA, the state-owned film production company of East Germany. Curators of Musikstadt Berlin are Christine Kisorsy and Florian Wachinger. DW: How did you guys come up with the idea to run a program dedicated to music films … [Read more...] about Film festival runs program devoted to 50 years of Berlin music history
Taylor Swift made Grammy history on Tuesday after winning "Album of the Year" for "1989" - the first woman to take home such honors twice in the award's 58-year history. That it has taken this long for a female artist to receive these top honors seems surprising, considering the number of women dominating the stage and heading top-selling bands in the US. From contemporary artists like Lady Gaga and Rihanna back to Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington, female singers have been gaining recognition at the Grammys throughout their history - just on a much smaller scale than their male counterparts. Of 29 awards given out at the inaugural Grammys in 1958, just four were handed out to women. This year, Angélique Kidjo was recognized for her work as were artists like Beyoncé and Lalah Hathaway. Although this year's awards have seen far greater numbers of women recognized, an analysis by the digital magazine Fusion found that in 2015, women-only performances comprised just 26 … [Read more...] about Women underrepresented in the music industry?
While wannabe rock stars post their amateur music videos on YouTube in hopes of fame, all German musician Tim Linde had to do was play his song at his daughter's baptism. It was supposed to be a personal gesture at a small gathering last year, but turned out to be a life-changing event for the 38-year-old - some two decades after giving up his childhood dream of becoming a professional musician. "There were so many coincidences that came together. If just one little piece hadn't fallen into place, none of it would have happened," Linde told DW. Linde, who runs his own film production company, decided to record "Wasser unterm Kiel" (Water under the keel) in a professional studio as a gift for the guests at the baptism. The recording, however, found its way via mutual acquaintances into the hands of René Münzer, who has produced acts like German pop group OrangeBlue ("She's Got That Light") and worked with well-known entertainer Stefan Raab on the Bundevision Song Contest … [Read more...] about An unlikely success story: ‘Exotic’ folk music takes root in Germany
Germany's tape.tv is a personalised online music television platform and was co-founded by Conrad Fritzsch and Stephanie Renner in Berlin in 2008. The channel is a response to traditional TV music stations, which, in recent years, diversified their content and left music to play second fiddle in the schedule. Fritzsch and Renner created a platform with music as the focus. Three years on and tape.tv is Germany's third largest music video streaming platform. 2010 saw its user base increase by 1000 per cent and the station now boasts some 2.8 million users. Head of Strategic Partnerships for the station, Achim Matthes, recently spoke to Deutsche Welle about tape.tv's rise to the top, its plans for the future and just how many shots you can drink in an interview. Deutsche Welle: What did tape.tv see as missing in the current music TV market, and how does it fill this need? Achim Matthes: Conrad Fritsch and Stephanie Renner, who … [Read more...] about Is tape.tv the future of music television in Germany?
Rapper Alvin Nathaniel Joiner alias Xzibit and his West Coast crew have a show on MTV. Okay, you say to yourself, a musician and a music television station -- that makes sense. The show, called "Pimp My Ride," helps any auto mechanic's wildest dreams come true. It's all about cars and fixing them up -- to perfection. Xzibit takes cars fit for the junkyard and equips them alternatively with a dozen televisions, a Water-Pik or maybe a handful of video game panels. But this has nothing to do with music. It doesn't matter, though. Music television as we knew it is long gone. Music (non)stop Next year, things will get worse. The US media group Viacom is taking over Germany's other national music TV station, Viva, and things look bleak for music video lovers in the country. Viva's headquarters could soon close its doors for good. The €310 million ($410 million) deal gives Viacom, which already owns MTV, a monopoly in this sector in Germany. Apparently, Viacom plans to … [Read more...] about Music Television Without Music
There's always a family atmosphere at a Keimzeit concert. Over the decades, the band from Potsdam has built up a cult following with a brand of rootsy, melancholy guitar pop that once earned them the moniker "the Grateful Dead of East Germany." At a recent gig at the Kulturbrauerei venue in Berlin, they brought along a special guest. For many, she stole the show. Joining them on stage was Laura Schwengber, a sign language interpreter. It's the second time she's appeared in Keimzeit's traditional end-of-the-year performance and their fans welcomed her into the fold. "Last year, we didn't publicize my role because the organizers had some concerns about how I'd be received," explains Schwengber. Keimzeit had long been interested in the idea of using a sign language interpreter after a friend of the band had lost his hearing, but found that most venues weren't willing to play along. "They raised all sorts of objections, saying that an extra person wouldn't fit on stage, that it would … [Read more...] about Bringing live music to deaf audiences
A completely new channel-hopping experience: the viewer flicks between programs and sees a newscaster, reality TV contestants, a weather forecaster - all singing the same song. That's the concept behind the new, interactive video for the 1965 Bob Dylan classic "Like a Rolling Stone." Structured like a virtual TV with 16 individual channels, the video is updating the almost 50-year-old track for the internet. It’s the first time Dylan has ever released an official music video, and with this one he's firmly targeting the digital generation. It also works as a neat bit of advertising for his latest greatest hits compilation, "The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1." The same principal is used by US rapper Pharell Williams on his new 24-hour song in which users can click through an entire day. The viewer sees a continuous loop featuring various people, among them a number of celebrities, all dancing to the track "Happy." A click into the future? For Martin Behrens, Director of Pop … [Read more...] about The music video goes interactive
Facebook killed the video star... Or at least it killed the TV star of the MTV era. Bands like the alternative rock band OK Go from Chicago nowadays publish their short films on social media before making them available anywhere else. Their music video for "Upside Down & Inside Out" premiered on Facebook last week and immediately went through the roof. The four band members have released a number of creative clips in the past, making users eager to share their videos. And that exceptional touch seems to guarantee a lot of clicks. But why? A video can become a viral hit ... 1. ... because it's spread through the right channels YouTube is one of the first points of contact for newcomers, but also for stars, if they wish to distribute a video. According to the online database statista, up to 400 new videos were uploaded to the video-sharing platform per hour in July 2015. Sharing the clip in social networks like Facebook and Twitter increases the chances of a click hit. 2. ... … [Read more...] about 10 reasons why a video goes viral