Gotye’s Fractured Heart at the Film and Sound Archive

By 30 November 2012 6

gotye fractured heart

The National Film and Sound Archive are letting us know about their latest acquisition:

Fractured Heart is an interactive sound and light sculpture designed and built by illuminart (Cindi Drennan, Craig Laurendet and Luku Kukuku) in collaboration with Wally de Backer (Gotye). It was first presented as the backdrop to his live performance of Somebody That I Used to Know featuring Kimbra at the 2011 ARIA Awards.

During this original performance, the sculpture featured animated pixel mapping based on the music video for the song. Further development led to an interactive version showcased at the VIVID festival 2012 Light Walk in the Rocks NSW, where thousands of people from all walks of life played this ‘light harp’.

“We are excited to present this unique and beautiful sculpture in the National Film and Sound Archive’s Canberra headquarters” says NFSA CEO Michael Loebenstein. “It allows visitors to playfully engage with Gotye’s music, allowing them to ‘remix’ his super-hit Somebody That I Used to Know in real-time, using their bodies to trigger sounds and light animations.”

Particularly relevant with the ARIA Awards last night saying “stuff it give Gotye the gong again” to the last year’s worth of music.

If you haven’t already had enough of it why not enjoy the man himself’s mega mashup Somebodies:

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6 Responses to
Gotye’s Fractured Heart at the Film and Sound Archive
Conan of Cooma 3:02 pm
30 Nov 12

Boring art made for a boring song.

PrinceOfAles 3:13 pm
30 Nov 12

Conan of Cooma said :

Boring art made for a boring song.

Says the boring man from a boring town.

Ctl_Alt_Del 4:43 pm
02 Dec 12

Absolutely mesmerising. I want one for my home and I’m not even a fan of Gotye. Recommend a visit.

johnboy 4:06 pm
11 Feb 13

And now he’s won three grammys and will be in town at the NFSA this Friday!

bundah 5:43 pm
11 Feb 13

johnboy said :

And now he’s won three grammys and will be in town at the NFSA this Friday!

That’s bloody awesome!

dungfungus 6:54 pm
11 Feb 13

In an interview with Billboard, Gotye described the genesis of the song, “Seville,” and pointed out how he lifted it (with credit) from Brazilian jazz guitarist Luis Bonfá and it became the hit “Somebody That I Used To Know”?.

“That Luiz Bonfá sample directly prompted the first line of lyrics. The back-and-forth left me thinking about these ­different breakups and different relationships over the years, and the lyrics flowed from there.”

Haven’t seen any tributes to the great Luiz Bonfa from the Grammy people yet.

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