Music Videos

A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie ins and merchandising could be used in toys or marketing campaigns for food and other products. Although the origins of music videos date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they came into prominence in the 1980s when MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these works were described by various terms including “illustrated song”, “filmed insert”, “promotional (promo) film”, “promotional clip”, “promotional video”, “song video”, “song clip” or “film clip”. Since the creation and increased popularity of YouTube, mainstream artists now promote new music videos by releasing trailers of short promos on the site for their upcoming song and music video. Consequently, YouTube has been converted into a social media platform for celebrities and artists to market themselves to their fans and audiences.

Music videos use a wide range of styles of contemporary video making techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation, music, and live action. Combining these styles and techniques has become more popular because of the variation it resent to the audience. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song’s lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may be without a set concept, being merely a filmed version of the song’s live performance.[2] Music videos have also become a place where product placement is evident in almost every mainstream video. They are always parent and it usually takes place because the artist is sponsoring a product or brand. An example of product placement is the Beats Pill being featured in numerous hip hop videos. The strong emphasis on product placement is something that has evolved because of the global scale music videos can reach because of websites such as YouTube.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Mïus – Strobe and Noise

Peter Varsics |Hungary | 2016 | 5 m 26 s Facebook This music video verifies the concept of the song with a dark, time-wrapped, paradox abstraction. Strobe and Noise is a kind of revenge story about the cycle of violence placed in a never-ending loop of dream, where characters, time doesn’t exist in a normal way… Read more »

Anti-Social Butterfly

Sami Chohfi, Asher Vast, Kevin Preston | United States | 2018 | 4:34 Website | Facebook | Twitter What pairs better with immense and passionate rock than an immense and passionate video? If you’re watching the clip for Blue Helix’s “Anti-Social Butterfly”, you’ll probably agree that you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more suited. The… Read more »

Noche en el Paraiso

Donna Greenberg, Edmund Fairfax | Canada | 2018 | 4:39 Website | Facebook | Twitter A Night in Paradise! Lush, and passionate – a music video of one of the songs from my CD “Song in the Wind”. This Movie is No Longer Available

Background Music

Singer/Songwriter Bad Driver brings her intimate folk rock to life in this atmospheric music video. The track “Background Music” is about the solitary experience of listening to music. To visualize this, the filmmakers shot macro footage of chemical reactions in Petri dishes and then incorporated them into the performance to create a fluid and etherial… Read more »


Martin Gerigk | Germany | 2017 | 5:59 Synaesthetic study of rain for 12 cellos, nature sounds and rhythmicized video sequences. Contemporary music.

Tienas, ’18th Dec’

Emily Rose Weinstein, Harshbir Singh Phull | India | 2018 | 3:21 Debut music visuals for angst-ridden, urban track ’18th Dec’ by Mumbai-based rapper Tienas, aka Bobby Boucher — self named on account of a speech impediment he was born with, which incredibly disappears whenever he raps. Cast Krithika Iyer Writer Tanmay Saxena (Track) Emily… Read more »

Hider – Don’t Pretend It Was Nothing

ScaryJacks | United Kingdom | 3:41 An office cactus struggles to win the affection of his new found love due to his prickly exterior. Cast Anna MacArthur Producer Cat Jackson

Aging Rockers V2.0

The inspiration for Aging Rockers, an art-music video, occurred in the mid-1980s after a friend raved about a new dance club that I later visited. It was instantly clear that the average patron’s age was about 18 and that I as a 30-something was the onvious outsider, not unwelcome, just invisible, irrelevant. That evening provided… Read more »

Nightmares Come True (Nothing to Hide)

Ulla Romero | Spain | 2016 | 4 m A girl wakes up by the ticking of her clock sitting on the floor of a hotel hallway in the middle of the night.  She realises that it is not a dream and her journey through the night begins. Cast Tania Nochaos Luis Junior

BVIS – Black Gold

Stian Dale | Norway | 3:58 Norwegian with English Subtitles With a combination of practical and digital effects, this music video creates an abstract interpretation of who the oil is. The artist Bvis has the role of the physical manifestation of the oil. We are introduced to the oil at the bottom of the ocean… Read more »