Promonews - 15th Apr 2020

Grimes has teamed with WeTransfer to make raw greenscreen video and audio files from her song 'You’ll miss me when I’m not around' freely available to download, so people can make their own versions of the video. Many have already done so, with more versions being added to YouTube all the time.

The Canadian pop-electronica artist - real name Claire Boucher - posted the original greenscreen footage with the track on YouTube on April 1st, with links to the Grimes Art Kit - namely, raw video and audio files of the song, plus additional material. 

She explains in the message on the YouTube page, that greenscreen footage was intended for five lyric videos for songs on her new album Miss Anthropocene - which were intended to replace full-scale videos, as she is currently pregnant, and "doing our regular intensive videos in my state didn’t seem super-wise, etc, etc." Some of the greenscreen footage did end up being used for her official video for Delete Forever. But the coronavirus crisis has now led Grimes to initiate to the Grimes Art Kit project, making everything available via WeTransfer.

"Because we’re all in lockdown we thought if people are bored and wanna learn new things, we could release the raw components of one of these for anyone who wants to try making stuff using our footage," she wrote.

The Art Kit includes the You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around greenscreen footage, some shorter snippets, stems for the song ("if you wanna mess around with audio," says Grimes), single art, and more. They can be downloaded here, or individual clips from the YouTube page.

Grimes asked for those who create their own versions of the video to upload back up to YouTube, with “You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around” in the title and #GrimesArtKit in the description. She also declares that "all uploads using the song will be automatically approved." 

Numerous versions have already been uploaded, and as the WeTransfer page to download files is open-ended, there is as yet no deadline on the project.

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Curt Smith, co-founding member of Tears For Fears, has updated the poignant and very relevant track in a stripped back acoustic setup, joined by his 21-year-old daughter Diva. Youtube

• Australian comedians create coronavirus music video for children (of all ages)
Now that handwashing has become an even more important ritual in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian comedian Zoë Coombs Marr has teamed up with comedy duo The Listies (Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly) to create Wash Your Hands. Youtube

• Pitbull looking for short homemade clips for uplifting I Believe We Will Win music video
The track turns a familiar sports chant into a statement of overcoming adversity together.

"We believe that we can overcome. We are calling all students, medical workers, first responders, parents, grandparents, everyone from all over the world to be a part of Pitbull’s video anthem. Proceeds will be going to various charities around that world. Please join this movement and submit a video of showing how much you believe."  Website

Promonews - 15th Apr 2020

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