Sunday, December 21, 2008

10 Most Innovative Concert Visuals '08

After a lot of research and with the help from Accent Feed's readers
I was able to put together a list of some of the 10 most impressive visuals seen in concerts in 2008.

This was not intended to be taken as a competition, or to see who is better than who, I believe you can't measure who is the best band, or who is the best VJ in the world, this is meant to inspire other video artists/ video art lovers, and to spread the word about the importance of video art/ visuals in concerts.

[ Number 01 ]

Music: Daft Punk (France)
Video: Corrected on 3.19.09 Martin Phillips, Daft Arts, 8vFX.


[ Number 02 ]

Music: Etienne De Crecy (France)
Video: Exyzt VJ Crew


[ Number 03 ]

Music: Massive Attack (England)
Video: United Visual Artists


[ Number 04 ]

Music: Nine Inch Nails (USA)
Video: Moment Factory


[ Number 05 ]

Music: George Michael (England)
Video: Universal Everything


[ Number 06 ]

Music: Cornelius (Japan)
Video: Cornelius?


[ Number 07 ]

Music: Kraftwerk (Germany)
Video: Steve Di Paola


[ Number 08 ]

Music: Tool
Video: Spiral Eyes


[ Number 09 ]

Music: Madonna
Video: Frank The Plumber & Veneno


[ Number 10 ]

Music: Younger Brother (England)
Video: Pixel Addicts


Thanks again to everyone that contributed to the list, and I look forward to see what is coming in 2009!

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Blogger Mike Darkfloor said...

Fucking awesome. So glad there was a video of the UVA one.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Zac said...

That pixel addicts video is beuatiful, love the deep feel and mnml lighting..

re: Madonna, I could be wrong but I think the famous Holly Daggers has done some work for her in the past.. so could be her

6:18 PM  
Blogger Miguex said...

Thanks Zac!
I will do some research to see if I can find something linking Holly Daggers to Madonna's visuals. I know that for previous tours she hired an agency in SF. But I couldn't find any info on it this time.

If anyone knows more info about any of the visual artists behind some of the works shown here, please post here and let me know, I think they deserve as much recognition as the musical act, and it would make the list a more reliable resource for inspiration.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think mstrkrft should be included

8:27 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

The Madonna stuff was done by Frank The Plumber (, directed by Christian Lamb.
We also worked on her world tour

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What 'bout Kanye West's "glow in the dark tour"... never ever seen sum' like dis at a rap-concert before!

12:37 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

does anyone know who did the Etienne De Crecy (France) imagery? its similar to the Killers production at the MTV awards....

7:21 AM  
Blogger PatikiPop* said...

Hi there guys. Madonna┬┤s stuff was made by Veneno, you can check it out at A lot of nice work!

7:55 AM  
Blogger Miguex said...

Ok, Madonna is updated!
thanks everyone.

Anyone knows who is behind Cornelius's?

8:19 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

I'm sorry but you have to correct the Madonna director.
On the Promo tour for the release of the latest album, Frank The Plumber directed four songs and Veneno three. The YouTube clip you posted is of Candy Shop during the Promo Tour (most probably at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC), which was done by Frank The Plumber (I can give you all exact credits if needed). You can see our other work here :
If you just went to the main page of the site you might have thought I was joking :)

It hurts to see credit not given correctly

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh those first two are quite breathtaking. It's sad that you didn't find longer video with Daft Punk though :(

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about kanye? mstrkrft? justice?

5:04 PM  
Blogger Miguex said...

Thank you so much for not giving up on me! I apologize but your intuition was right, at first I thought it was a joke, the site looks terrible but once I looked closely I have to say their work is fantastic (or is it your work?) I updated the information, once again thanks for the tip.

To everyone else that knows more info on missing video artists please let me know with a link that corroborates the information, please do so!

2:48 AM  
Blogger Miguex said...

To the guy asking about Justice, Mstrkrft and Kanye:
Thanks for the info, but I wanted to reduce the list to 10 acts, several people mentioned Justice when I asked for suggestions on a previous post, but I couldn't find a single video online that showcased something more than lighting (and I looked for a few days on popular video sites), since the blog focuses on video art/ motion graphics I wanted the list to reflect that.

If you or anyone is able to find a clip with some video work, I will gladly feature it on following posts.

Thanks for reading, I appreciate all input!

2:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hmmm Migue, what about UNKLE? ;)

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cornelius vids are done by Koichiro Tsujikawa - so I assume these visuals were too

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing how you forgot radiohead's tour right now, also coldplay and red hot chili peppers wich was made by element labs, so i would take out madonna she dont deserve too much attention, this last days she has just hired a lot of people to do things for her, her last album that deserved any payment was ray of light so take her out, and get in radiohead ;)

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice...

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mm you forgot COLLABO!

you best be checking us out for 09

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hot list- but some of the links are dead- please update!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

exyzt live at

a video of their latest 'concert' installation, boombox, is here:

...and yep, i think they rock.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Miguex said...

Thanks Toby for the heads up!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should have checked out The Chemical Brothers show - it was AMAZING! Perfect synthesis between visuals and music.

12:44 PM  
Blogger JackAttack said...

Wasn't Daft Punk a 2007 show? I didn't know they did any dates in 2008. However if they weren't included on last year's list (if there was one) they certainly deserve a place here regardless.

As far as I know The Killers completely ripped off Etienne De Crecy's set up at the MTV awards (unless both shows were done by the same guys?).

9:46 PM  
Blogger Chris Loft said...

Absolutely awesome. Thanks.
Chris Loft

7:06 AM  
Blogger Jason Marcuson said...

Terrific list post! I definitely agree with NIN and Tool. I'd also recommend Radiohead.

11:05 AM  
Blogger THOS3wires said...

What about U2's Zoo TV and PopMart?

7:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

yeah you need to cheked out chemical brothers... the concert is pretty interactived

11:59 AM  
Blogger Tasta said...

Radiohead!! what about them???

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the massive attack/UVA collab is really old. i saw the first iteration waaaay back in the day - probably five years ago? just after they released 100th window.

looks like they've tweaked it a fair bit, but, yeah, it's definitely not new in 2008.

12:48 AM  
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8:03 AM  
Blogger Elliot said...

the LD for the daft punk tour was Martin Phillips
I think he was working with other creatives for the video content, but in this case it's the lighting design that steals the show.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The credits for the Daft Punk show are wrong. Cedric Hervet, Paul Hahn and themselves designed the visuals and the LED structure.


6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


check out this one:

not as "big" and mainstream as the examples shown here but definetely excellent video/music interaction.

2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please let me know your positive

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NIN visuals continue to raise the bar. It's hard to justify the other acts if you've seen the NIN show from this year.
Check out the articles online of how the video team blended technologies to make the video segements interact with the musicians in real time.
Tool's content is fantastic as well.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

may i take this to my blog?
thx b4

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are "the killers" at ema's 2008?!?

5:14 AM  
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4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who was the videoartist of the Coldplay Tour, especially for this :

Coldplay - Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love (L.A.) 7/14/08, plus beginning of Death and All His Friends.


12:21 PM  
Blogger Shantell Martin said...

wow!!!!! inspired!

11:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

haha. hey shantell, I just got an email that you wrote a comment on this blog.. I keep bumping into you from all corners of the net! Weird! :) Hope you are is going well. Kit.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous ramen said...

Daft punk were just amazing. I can't believe how good visual effects are now, seeing a concert isn't just for the music, it's way more than that. I'm hungry for more, can't wait to see what is next with visual effects! Great food for though!

9:50 PM  

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