“Groove” is the brain child of Ben Runkel.
Ben Runkel is the love child of the drum-gods.
Actually, Ben’s is the only human in the world with a heart rate that is in 6/8. He’s a musical genius and it’s awesome working with him. At the end of the video, the audio you’re hearing (with Ben actually playing) was ONE TAKE (I used various cuts of him, but the audio is all one take). He teaches percussion at a high school in Indiana that has an excellent music program. Every year they have a concert called ‘Groove’ (ala Ben). So, before the show began, they showed ‘Know Rhythm Be Free‘ for which I wrote the script, shot, edited, etc for the opening.
I used a Canon 60D (loved the articulating screen-my 5D was being cleaned) for everything except the car shots which was done with a GoPro2. All of the ‘Foley’ came from freesound.org (best site ever). The idea came from those online games where you’re locked in a room and you’re looking to find a way out, specifically Crimson Room which is excellent. It was a gift from God that that cool old machine was at the location we shot at. Total a happy accident. I have no idea what it’s actually for, but it was fun animating the lights an needle in post ala After Effects. It became a central part of the piece and I think made it awesome. That’s my voice you’re hearing (from the machine) that I messed with in Adobe Audition as a homage to Portal’s GlaDOS and Cave Johnson. The guitar and bass were recorded by me as well. As you can tell, I gently rock.