Wieden + Kennedy’s Tokyo office teamed with Japanese hip-hop artists Hifana for this clip, released a few months ago, in which Nike sneakers are tricked out as musical instruments. The shoes were wired through a digital system and bent to produce what sounds like electronic distortion in a bad Moby song. Which is every Moby song, by the way. There’s also a making-of video, posted after the jump. It took an engineering team and lots of Macbooks and software development to make the shoes sing. NASA didn’t use this much technology to send men to the moon. I kept expecting someone to crack a joke about “sole music,” but if the subtitles are accurate, the artists and crew showed amazing restraint.
—Posted by David Gianatasio