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Visual Bits #1 > First of a Sparkling Daily Series

Friday 02.11.2011 , Posted by

Here at Visual News we dig up tasty internet gems on a daily basis and because we can’t keep a good thing secret we’re starting a daily series where we send a few tasty links your way. Some gems will be giant illustration ruby’s, some video diamond dust and others just shiny bits to entertain. Enjoy!

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When Reddit and NASA Footage Collide

Sunday 01.16.2011 , Posted by

NASA fan and Redditor, Reid Gower got frustrated recently with how the hugely inspirational organization has such poor public relations and media. His respose? To make an all out, goose bumps all over your body, video promoting the work of NASA and featuring the much missed voice of Carl Sagan. No, this isn’t an official NASA video… this is pure NASA love.

Quite a story has developed around this video too, spawning other remixes of NASA footage as space exploration fans attempt to create the media they want to see. We share some of those videos here.
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Electronic Beats Bring Geometric Shapes to Life

Thursday 01.13.2011 , Posted by

Using the motion graphical madness of Cinema 4D, this music video inspired by the English electronic music duo Autechre, brings energy and life to simple geometric shapes.

Autechre uses many different digital synths and a few analog synths in their production, as well as analog and digital drum machines, mixers, effects units and samplers.
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Hip-Hop Mayhem with Cops On Fire

Thursday 12.30.2010 , Posted by


You know those shots from That 70′s Show where the kids are all sitting around the table in the basement philosophizing about life? This music video starts out like that, with a camera circling on a table… then explodes into dizzy arts and crafts mayhem! A cardboard world appears, buildings burn down, water-skiers do jumps… and all in a tiny cafe.

Featuring Moscow-based hip-hop and rap group Cops on Fire. For more of their catchy beats check out their official website or myspace page.
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Disney in Space: Vintage Films Remixed

Wednesday 12.22.2010 , Posted by

Six years before the world’s first manned space flight, Walt Disney released a television series that predicted their vision for the future. The 1955 program, “Man and the Moon,” stunned viewers with it’s innovative and beautiful vision of lunar space flight; even today, the rich graphical work of this series is absolutely astounding. We are pleased to bring you a remixed, modern-day version of this film, as well as two others from the same series, set to electronic beats.

Recently Disney has increased their online presence with an exclusive YouTube channel and Twitter account. Through these forms of media, Disney is reaching out to fans in a way that even the creators of  “Man on the Moon” would have never thought possible.

For more on current space exploration check out our post about the Google Lunar X Prize.
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A Room Made of Flesh

Thursday 12.16.2010 , Posted by


After a short one-night encounter, a woman wakes up to a room made of grotesque undulating flesh. The bed made of fingers moves, the walls of muscles ripple, and her eyes get wide. Her lover is tender but makes us wonder: what has she gotten herself into? [Read more...]

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The Carol of the Bells Played on iPads

Saturday 12.11.2010 , Posted by


For Christmas this year the folks at North Point Community Church in Georgia wanted to mix things up a bit. Using borrowed iPhones and iPads, they formed an “iBand” and performed the traditional bell choir song “The Carol of the Bells” using only the Apple devices. Merry iChristmas! [Read more...]

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Music Video for Hauschka’s ‘Children’

Saturday 12.11.2010 , Posted by

Last week we did a feature titled Re-Imagining the Piano in which we captured many of the unusual ways the instrument can be played. One of the included videos featured the dynamic musical experimentation of the German artist Hauschka playing his pingpong-ball-filled piano. Well, just two days ago, he released a new music video for his song “Children,” off his new album “Foreign Landscapes.”

The new music video, titled “The Key,” was filmed in Luxembourg and features a young dedicated woman steadfastly rolling a piano through a Victorian landscape and includes a cameo by Hauschka himself.
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A Rap about WikiLeaks ft. Julian Assange

Tuesday 12.07.2010 , Posted by


If you’ve been searching high and low for a news source crossing the rap stylings of Eminem with the news from the Daily Show, look no further. Rap News, the guys responsible for turning “bollocks-news” into something comedic and digestible, recently turned out a video featuring a guest appearance by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. [Read more...]

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Tasty Retro Movies by Mammoth Media

Saturday 12.04.2010 , Posted by

Imagine floating on your back in a warm, sunshine-bathed lake. On the bank, light filters through the trees creating little sparkling reflections like silver coins floating on the surface. Hearing your friends splashing and laughing nearby your eyes relax lazily making everything go a bit out of focus… this is the life. [Read more...]

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