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    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 14:45:40

    Feature: Musicians Talk 3-D - Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Mastodon, Rachael Yamagata, Static-X, Flo Rida, Chris Cornell and many others share their excitement over the possibilities of creating a 3-D experience, a la <I>Monsters Vs. Aliens</I>...

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    There's nothing quite like seeing a movie in 3-D. It's so much easier to fall into the film's world when that extra dimension is popping out at you. It seems like Hollywood is recognizing that again, with the bevy of 3-D films at the multiplexes this year. My Bloody Valentine 3-D and Coraline 3-D have already dazzled audiences. However, the biggest and most anticipated 3-D movie event of the Spring is Monsters Vs. Aliens. DreamWorks Animation has pulled out all the stops with this animated epic, even previewing it in 3-D during the Super Bowl.

    In the movie, a giant meteorite hits the earth, turning Reese Witherspoon's character, Susan Murphy, into a giant. She's shuttled away to a top-secret government base where she meets a gaggle of quirky and hilarious monsters, including Dr. Cockroach, Missing Link and B.O.B. Susan and the monsters join forces for an action packed romp against an alien invasion. It's a 3-D experience for the whole family, with cutting edge animation and a sidesplittingly funny plotline.

    In honor of Monsters Vs. Aliens, ARTISTdirect.com probed some popular musicians about possibly doing something in 3-D. Check out what they had to say below.

    This is what we asked…

    Would you ever want to do a music video or film in 3-D, like Monsters Vs. Aliens?

    Snoop Dogg

    "Yeah, a weed movie! Let's do a chronic movie in 3-D! [Laughs] You'd walk up out of there dizzy as hell. They could preview it during the Super Bowl too. DJ Pooh and I are in the process of working on a film right now. Watch out for that one. You know what I do. I just try to do me. So be on the lookout for anything that's got a D-O double G on it! Be good, my boy!"

    Rachael Yamagata

    "That's so funny! I've never thought of doing something in 3-D. I love anything that gives you extra layers. I always to tell people to listen to my new record on headphones because you can hear spatially how things are mixed and whether or not the sound is coming from the left or the right and the swells of that. A 3-D film is just another layer of film that could surround you in that way. I think that'd be awesome. It'd be great to do something like that!"

    Troy Sanders of Mastodon

    "I went and saw The Wrestler last night, and I was hoping to see a preview of Monsters Vs. Aliens, but I didn't. I'm home for four weeks before we hit the road, so I will be able to see it. I plan on hitting the theater once or twice a week until we leave for tour. It would be phenomenal if we ever did a movie in 3-D. Yet another wonderful idea, Rick! [Laughs] We're going back and forth with Warner Bros about a movie idea for our album, Crack the Skye. The script for our movie is basically the storyline that goes along with the record. We're really excited to try to do this because we feel that it makes perfect sense, and the time is now or never. I don't know how true that is, but we feel like it. We're hoping that the film for the album sees the light sometime in 2009. We're diligently working on hashing out the logistics of this. We're all about visual stimulation and psychedelia, so it'd make total sense for us to do something in 3-D. It'd be really amazing. We're trying really hard."

    B Real of Cypress Hill

    "I think it would be cool to do a 3-D music video like that. Who knows? One day maybe we'll get it together. I know those fucking things are expensive [Laughs]. At some point, we'll probably get it together though."

    Wayne Static of Static-X

    "Doing something in 3-D makes sense to me! We have a very energetic live show. There are strong personalities in the band. We did the comic book thing one time. I think 3-D would be cool for us. Let's make it happen!"

    Tech N9ne

    "I would love to do a Tech N9ne video in 3-D directed by Wes Craven-slash-Rob Zombie. I do a lot of crazy things, and it would be dope [Laughs]."

    Flo Rida

    "You never know! You might see me in 3-D some day! I won't mind [Laughs]. It'd pop off."

    Chris Cornell

    "I would love to make a movie for my new album Scream. We've actually been talking about doing that since we were in the middle of working on the record. It's really difficult right now to get funding for stuff like that in the music business, since the business itself is struggling so much. Pretty much every business is, but the music business is especially bad. We're still trying to figure a way to do that. That could work!"

    Aaron Turner of Isis

    If we did something in 3-D, I think it'd be really interesting. The coupling of our music with some sort of visual element aside from the packaging of the album would be great. A 3-D Isis video would obviously be a more immersive experience. To have a full and complete immersive experience for people who encounter our music has always been one of our main goals. If we met people who worked in the realm of 3-D that had a parallel aesthetic, it'd be the time to try it out.

    —Rick Florino
    03.20.09




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