Longtime bandmates and even longer time friends, OK Go's bassist Tim Nordwind and singer Damian Kulash have been making funny and weird videos together since middle school. Never losing their affinitymore
Longtime bandmates and even longer time friends, OK Go's bassist Tim Nordwind and singer Damian Kulash have been making funny and weird videos together since middle school. Never losing their affinity for playfulness and experimentation, the two, along with bandmates, guitarist Andy Ross and drummer Dan Konopka, have released some of the most whimsical videos of the last decade. 2006's "Here It Goes Again," the first viral music video on YouTube, features the band dancing on treadmills; 2010's "This Too Shall Pass" syncs the band's performance to a Rube Goldberg machine performing a sequence of tasks; and 2016's "Upside Down & Inside Out," finds the band performing in a near weightless environment, aboard a reduced gravity aircraft.
Inspired by the growing number of live movie concerts, where orchestras play a film score in sync with the picture, OK Go is pushing themselves to new heights with a groundbreaking concert experience, where they'll live score 20 or so of their most popular videos. The shows also include Q&A portions and even a play-along with the audience, made possible by guitarist and programmer Andy Ross' OK Go Live (Android, iOS) app, which when tapped by the audience at the right time, creates chords to songs. It's an app that anyone -- from novice to pro -- can use.
OK Go's bassist Tim Nordwind (second from left in the above photo) told Download.com, between tour dates, that he prefers apps like OK Go Live, with simple interfaces and beautiful design. Here are five of his favorites.
Kami 2 is a beautifully designed puzzle game. It feels very Japanese to me in its very simple and beautiful design. In it, you match shapes to colors and then advance to the next puzzle, and the puzzles get more and more complicated as the game goes along. There's something super meditative about the game, so it's something I like to do to rest my head.
I'm very into collecting sneakers -- not the typical ones but the weird ones. There's a really good app I use called Goat, with an awesome collection of well-curated sneakers. Goat vets all the third-party sellers, so when you go on to look for an obscure sneaker, you can be sure they're authentic. The design is simple and minimalistic, so it's easy to look at everything without getting overwhelmed.
I live in Los Angeles, and I would recommend 5 Every Day, by Yacht, to anyone who lives in LA or thinks about visiting. It's five well-curated things to do in LA every day, and usually they'll give you one art thing, one community-based thing, one food thing, one musical thing, and then a wildcard activity. And they're usually off-the-beaten-path-, left-of-center-type things. It feels like you're finding your own local person that has info on what real people in LA do. It's also incredibly simple and minimalistic design.
I meditate twice a day using this meditation timer. It's nice because you can set your preparation time before you start meditating, so if you take 30 to 45 seconds before you start, you can program that into the app, so it gives you 45 minutes and then a little chime goes off. Then you set 20 minutes for the meditation and then the chime goes off and you can set a rest time before you open your eyes again. You can set all these intervals and little chimes or little bells go off.
I used to meditate with a watch, but I would always get a little nervous that I would lose track of time or fall asleep, so having a little bell or chime that comes in when you need it to keep you on track, so you don't have to worry about it when you're meditating, is really nice.
There's a pretty cool app called Keezy, that's a sampling app, enabling you to make infinite patterns for as long as you want. I think it gives you nine different pads that you can record songs into and then it allows you to program them in infinite different ways, so you can make beats out of the sounds that you record in.
We've used it in our live show before where we would get the audience to make samples for us and we'd record them and then use that for the backbeat to a song that we would play. So Keezy's a fun music app that anyone can use. You don't have to be a musician to use it, which is always nice in a musical app.