The video was shot entirely on green screen utilizing a full Blackmagic Design pipeline.
Los Angeles, CA (October 23, 2018) -- Steve Vai has released a music video for “Dark Matter” via his Official YouTube channel. Vai teamed with Blackmagic Design, Moai Films and director Lukas Colombo on the video, with Moai Films producing. “Dark Matter” is one of the songs from Modern Primitive, a collection of previously unreleased material delivered in tandem with Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition by Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings.
The “Dark Matter” video was shot entirely on green screen utilizing a full Blackmagic Design pipeline, including editorial, visual effects using URSA Mini Pro and finishing in DaVinci Resolve 15. Blackmagic Design, with offices in USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia, creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries.
Long known as one of the top guitarists in the world, Vai has won three Grammy Awards and worked with artists such as Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, and a myriad of others. Vai’s Passion and Warfare album is considered one of rock’s landmark albums.
In producing his newest music video, Vai wanted to do something special. “I wanted to create something that not only looked other worldly, but was also shot uniquely as well,” Vai said. “The idea was to create an alien type landscape where each band member was filmed at a different speed and then brought together in various shots. I had to learn the song backwards! There are all these little complexities, which is a fun challenge, but it’s almost like wearing a straight jacket and trying to run a forward marathon with eyes only in the back of your head.”
Moai Films brought in VFX Supervisors Bruce Jergens and Nick Torres to help guide the design. The VFX team combined 2D and 3D elements to create the unique environments. “We wanted to have a completely alien environment,” said Torres, “with tall spires as mountains and a glassy still ocean with a fast rolling fog on top.”
Vai, who hosted the Big Mama Jama Jamathon — a 53 1/2-consecutive-hour event at Musicians Institute in Hollywood to benefit non-profit foster care and adoption agency Extraordinary Families — with guests such as Dave Navarro, Moby, Orianthi, Al Di Meola and Dweezil Zappa, Sept. 28-30 will continue to have a busy fall season. Vai will perform his own compositions with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Carlos Izcaray, Conductor) in Birmingham, AL at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on Nov. 2, before joining Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi in the supergroup Generation Axe for a 32-date tour of North America, beginning November 7 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.
The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.