I know we have seen literally thousands of different businesses embrace 3D printing over the last couple of years, but one area you wouldn’t particularly expect to embrace this technology is that of the music industry.
Back in July, we did a story on a music group based in England called Feral Five. The group, which is comprised of Kat and Drew Five, admitted that they had quite the obsession with technology. I guess if you had followed them, then the fact that they released a 12″ single about the 3D printing of human beings, wouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Following our story back in July, the group claimed to get a lot of feedback and interest in their post-punk, electro style single, which received a 9/10 rating from leading UK music website Louder Than War.
I myself thought that the song was extremely catchy, and the fact that they used actual 3D printing noises to produce the key beats of the song was extremely creative on their part. Now all that was missing was a music video, right?
Well, for those of you who were waiting, that wait is finally over! Last night, Feral Five released their music video for ‘3D’ on YouTube, and I must say, they did an excellent job.
“We finally got the video finished! It’s a slice of electro video art – lasers, live video mixing, 3D printing, and editing wizardry,” Kat told us in an email. “Not sure if it’s the first time 3D printers have starred in a pop video, but it could be!”
Although this isn’t the first time 3D printing has been used in a music video to some extent, as far as I can tell, this seems like the first time that a 3D printer has actually played a roll in the music behind that video. I asked Kat if there were any other plans by the group to continue exploring the uses of 3D printers within their music, and was pleasantly surprised by her answer:
“At Music Tech Fest we hooked up our 3D printer as an instrument and jammed with Lu Edmonds from PiL which was really exciting. We are planning to explore that more, create new sounds, and also experiment with custom 3D printed instruments. We’ve also been talking to some amazing 3D printed fashion designers about working together on visuals. The response to the 3D design on the record cover has been great and people are asking us to make jewelry for them, so we may do some of that – if we have time. Music comes first!”
Check out the video below. Even if you are not a fan of electro style music, it’s quite catchy both from a visual, and musical standpoint. Let’s hear your thoughts on this creative use of 3D printing in the Feral Five forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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