The Best And Worst Of Virtual Music Video Worlds

Who can forget Jeremy London's virtual cigarette, after having fake sex with Alicia Silverstone to Aerosmith's "Amazing"? Some of the best and worst virtual world-building has come from the music video industry. Strange virtual music worlds, we salute you.

The Good:

Radiohead - "House of Cards"
Virtual Thom Yorke head? Yes please. Geometric Informatics and Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR was used to create this gorgeous virtual head.

Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.


Making Of The Radiohead Video

Aha - "Take On Me"
A classic virtual comic-book world of black and white.

Michael Jackson - "HIStory"
A virtual world full of Michael Jackson videos? Count me in, but only if I get to dance with King Eddie Murphy from ""Remember the Time."

Dire Straits, "Money For Nothing"
This block-headed virtual world makes me yearn for the simpler days when MTV actually played music videos, including a computer generated world that made the cast from Reboot look impressive.

Röyksopp - "Remind Me"
A breakdown of the real world through a virtual one? Brilliant.

Remind Me from Röyksopp on Vimeo.

The So Bad It's Kind Of Good

Infernal - "From Paris to Berlin"
Annoying song, but a cute tribute to the virtual world of Tron. Don't listen for too long, or it will be burned into your brain for days.

Aerosmith - "Amazing"
Possibly the cheesiest virtual world ever built. Especially when the young boy has an accident on the computer, which ends up in his pants in the virtual world.

Flying Lotus - "Parisian Goldfish"
Directed by Eric Wareheim, from the insane Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
this heavy on the strange sex virtual world is NSFW and NS for your brain.

So what are your favorite (and least favorite) music-video virtual worlds?