Is This The First Kinect-Created Music Video?

Some music video directors spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on fancy special effects. Filmmaker Dan Nixon just spent $150 on Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect to create the music video for Echo Lake's "Young Silence."


I don't know about the song, but the imagery in Echo Lake's "Young Silence" is quite eerie and haunting, thanks to the Kinect's depth sensing infrared technology and a little custom software. Dan Nixon explains how the effect was created.

"As far as I know (and I'm scared of checking) this is the first music video to be made with the Microsoft Kinect camera. The footage was shot on that piece of £130 equipment and recorded to custom software running on a laptop. The depth data was then manipulated to get the whole band in one 'space' and then the fun started.

The end result is a unique and striking convergence of art and technology.

Echo Lake Shoot A Video With Microsoft Kinect Camera [Warren Ellis - Thanks, Matt!]

Update: To answer the question posed in the headline, no! Ollisixtynine from Germany wrote to share with us the video for "Never Loved Your Eyes." Apparently he reads Kotaku, and this post made him sad. Sorry bout that!


Ron Swanson

The music terrible. But to be honest I'm not that impressed with it. Radiohead did something similar with "House of Cards" a few years ago.

And gave away the code to do something similar.