on April 04th, 2014
under: Porsche Design
Chester’s limited edition T-shirt which he designed for Porsche Design is now available for purchase in the US and Europe. The highly anticipated t-shirt costs 95 Euro and is available for purchase here. (If you’re lucky and the site actually works.)
There’s also a new promo pic released which you can view below, it’s breathtaking!
On April 1st Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington performed a very private concert for Domain Fest attendees at a secret location which has since been revealed, the OHM Nightclub in Hollywood. Chester, as always, took a bunch of photos with the guests and that’s all we pretty much have for now due to the exclusivity of this show.
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Pandora with#ChesterBennington earlier this evening. pic.twitter.com/298d6vFmDi
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We had previously reported that on March 21st Linkin Park were honored by the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability for their environmental accomplishments with Music For Relief. Chester & Mike also performed exclusively for attendees acoustic version’s of ‘Leave Out All The Rest/ Shadow Of The Day’ and ‘What I’ve Done’. Check out their entire speech and performance below:
on April 02nd, 2014
under: Musical March Madness 2014
In the fourth round of MTV’s Musical March Madness, Linkin Park is facing AFI! Pretty cool considering they will be touring together soon! Vote for LP here, you have until tomorrow April 4th!
PS: Linkin Park is currently LOSING!Go go go!
on March 26th, 2014
under: Musical March Madness 2014
Billboard has an exclusive look behind the scenes for Linkin Park’s new music video / video game for ‘Guilty All The Same’. Band members Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda say they want their fans to literally play with their music. Fans can take it apart and remix both the song and the game any way they want, using the tools provided in “Project Spark,” a free software platform created by Microsoft Corp. that lets players make their own video games on Xbox One and Windows 8 computers.
During the video we get to see a little bit of the potential song titles in Linkin Park’s upcoming album and also Chester’s new leg tat!
In Linkin Park’s version of the game, the protagonist is a character haunted by guilt. The player navigates the character through a dark, slightly sinister environment that threatens to devour him as he tries to flee from the forces of his own guilt. The level resembles a mashup between the racing mechanic of “Temple Run” and the noir art style of “Badland.” The better the player performs, the richer the soundtrack for the song.
“Since I was a kid, I wanted to make games,” Shinoda said in an interview with Billboard.
The idea for the project came last year, when Hahn attended E3, the annual video game convention that took place in June.
“I saw this cool demo for ‘Project Spark,’ and it just blew my mind,” Hahn said. “For me, the next step was to see if we could showcase our next song as a game instead of a video.”
“Project Spark,” developed by a 70-person team in Redmond, Wash., that’s headed by Saxs Persson, went live as a beta software in December. It lets players put together their own games, using simple, modular plug-and-play tools similar in concept to Lego blocks, but for building games. Entire game worlds can be drawn in a couple of minutes using tools that allow players to “paint” environments and textures, as well as drop in objects. Players can share their games with other people who can take it apart to make their own versions.
“The goal is to give people the power to create their own interactive experiences and for everything to be remixable,” said Persson, who once ran Shiny Entertainment, the developer of “Enter the Matrix.”
Though “Project Spark” is still in beta (meaning that the game isn’t in its final version), about 500,000 players are already posting more than 1,300 games a day on the platform. Some have even created movies using just the software’s art and animation tools.
For some bands, the idea of letting fans pick apart their music would be sacrilege. No Doubt, for example, sued game publisher Activision in 2009 for allowing players of “Guitar Hero” to show their game avatars playing another band’s songs.
Linkin Park’s Shinoda and Hahn take a different stance.
“Mike and I met at art school, and we understand that once you make a piece of art and put it out there, people will interpret it their own way, and even re-interpret it as something else,” Hahn said.
It’s not the band’s first, or even second, stab at letting fans interact with their music. Linkin Park’s “Lost in the Echo” let viewers project their own personal photos into the music video via Facebook Connect. Last year, their single “A Light That Never Comes” debuted alongside a free 3D strategy game on Facebook.
Shinoda said he looked forward to seeing what people will create from the band’s new video/game, which is available for free on “Project Spark,” along with stems of the music recording of “Guilty All the Same.”
“I see this as turn-based,” Shinoda said. “We’ve taken our turn, and now it’s up to the fans. Even if it’s silly, as long as it makes me laugh, I don’t mind what people do with it.”
Following Mike’s yesterday visit to Microsoft studios in Venice, CA and his hints that an announcement was coming regarding ‘Guilty All The Same’, Linkin Park announced today that they are collaborating with Project Spark and are giving fans the opportunity to create their own interactive, remixable game which will serve as a music video for their new song. Check out Linkin Park’s version below and go here to get started.
“Here it is: our collaboration with Project Spark. Instead of a traditional music Video for GUILTY ALL THE SAME (feat. Rakim), we are giving you this as a starting line for you guys to create and share. This is the first interactive, remixable game. We look forward to seeing what you make with it.” – Joe
Create. Share. Dance. Repeat.