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- Posted on Apr 23rd 2010 12:30PM by Mike Ayers
The idea is this: the website randomly lets you pick from three different frames of the video and with that, you then start using your keyboard to manipulate, or "draw," on the image, virtually creating a new frame image. There are well over 1,000 still frames that you can choose from. Once you're done with your drawing, you submit it and thus your stamp on the ever-evolving video is born.
If this sounds a bit confusing, just watch the video via the project's website and you can see that the imagery behind the song is strung together like one of those cartoon flip books. As you're watching, you can pause the video and go frame by frame, revealing each artist's technique used, where they're from, how many brushstrokes it took them and how long it took from start to finish. And you'd be surprised: it doesn't take that long.
The project is mostly the brainchild of video artist Chris Milk (who's done videos for Kanye West, Green Day and U2) and longtime Cash producer Rick Rubin. Milk describes the communal nature of the project as "the visual manifestation of all that love coming together, not just to produce a music video, but to show how Johnny's enduring spirit continues living on inside of all of us." Indeed.
Johnny Cash's last album in the American Recording series, 'Ain't No Grave,' was released this past February.