LOST IN THE ECHO *INTERACTIVE* VIDEO PREMIERE

August 29, 2012

Today, LOST IN THE ECHO premieres on lostintheecho.com. This is not a traditional video. It is an interactive piece designed to draw you into the world of the song. The best ECHO experience is the one at that site.

Please encourage everyone to go there, not to video sites like YouTube and Vimeo. Video-site versions you find today will be a.) not approved by the band, and b.) not interactive (so to some degree, those versions will be missing the point).

Help us spread the word by letting everyone know that the only place to experience LOST IN THE ECHO is at lostintheecho.com

-m

*The video is Flash-based, because it was our best way to make this idea work. It is Facebook connected, and don’t worry: it won’t steal or share anything you don’t want it to. For those without those things: a non-Flash, non-interactive version will be up in a couple days on Linkin Park’s official Youtube page.

CLICK HERE TO GET LOST

mike

@LinkinPark Limited Edition Tour Posters

August 11, 2012

The tour begins tonight in Bristow, Virginia.  And besides the music, we’ve got something special at each show for you.

At each stop, you’ll find a limited-edition tour poster designed just for your city.  The one above, for tonight, was done by REYES.  Every show will feature a different design by a different artist.  All in limited quantities, none will be reproduced after this run.

In addition to REYES, posters on this tour will be designed by: Anthony Lister, Estevan Oriol, Greg “Craola” Simkins, STASH, James Roper, SEVER, Jonny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, Todd Bradrud, George Thompson, Jamie Oliver, Joshua Petker, PUSH, Randy Ortiz, and others.

Stay tuned for more images and more info.

mike

Linkin Park PC with Music OS Software: More Info

July 6, 2012

As announced HERE and HERE recently, my bandmates and I have teamed up with Dell and Open Labs to release a limited edition PC, containing Music OS software and a large library of exclusive, original Linkin Park sounds.  With it, you can write, record, and perform your own songs — even using LP sounds and loops if you like.

Why Music OS / Open Labs?
As I mentioned in the video above, I was using basic keyboard and samplers on stage for a while, and I outgrew them.  They couldn’t do all the things I needed to do; then I found Music OS.  Music OS is a software that does a lot on its own, but also allows me to run all my favorite software inside it.  In other words, if I use 25 different virtual keyboards, samplers, and effects in various songs, I can just open those inside Music OS and play the exact sounds from the record on stage.  I also enjoy using the touch-screen feature; the software is designed with performance in mind.

Why PC?
It’s no secret that I use Apple devices for much of my everyday stuff.  But on stage, I’ve been using Music OS on PC for years.  In testing, Open Labs found the PC to be a more stable touring unit, and that’s what we need in concert.

Why Dell?
This year, I visited Dell with the Open Labs team, and got a chance to see and try out some of their new laptops and desktop computers.  They were awesome (I personally loved the touch screen XPS 17, with the JBL speakers).  They’re also less expensive than Mac, which we figured might be helpful for the LP fans who are interested in getting this.

The info and purchase page is below.  There are only a few hundred available worldwide, and we’re not making more, so if you’re interested, now is the time.

Click here to find out more or purchase.

mike

Linkin Park Teams Up With Lotus F1 To Create “Linkin Park GP”

May 21, 2012

We have teamed up with the Lotus F1 Team to create “Linkin Park GP.” This is more than just a racing game for your iPad. In “Linkin Park GP,” players drive a Lotus E20 F1 car and interact with a 360° environment to create an original remix of “BURN IT DOWN.” As you accelerate and move through the app, audio tracks and live effects are mixed in real time to respond to your actions. This allows users to actually zoom into sections of the song, even into individual instruments.

The free app is available for download on iPad starting Thursday, May 24. Watch the trailer for the app below.

mike

More About “Less is More,” More or Less.

January 15, 2012

I like New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s one of the best moments to reflect on where I’m at and where I’m going, and to make a simple effort to direct the course towards a place that I’d like to be in the future.  This year, mine comes from a classic tenet of design I learned in college: less is more.

There’s a lot of “more” around.  I’m at the mercy of it at times (maintaining this blog, my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Viddy while I work on my band stuff and other stuff at the same time).  But there are moments when the “less” really shines.  As I was working on some new music tonight, I was thinking about how few instruments and gadgets I’m really using in the studio, for example.  Sometimes, zeroing in on a few things that you like best can really help define what you’re doing.  It can also give you more time to effective in what you’re doing.  Rather than screwing around with 50 gadgets, you’re going deeper using the 5 that are your favorites.  As Buckminster Fuller might say, “do more with less.”

I like being busy and I’m fine with dabbling in a lot of different creative pursuits.  And I don’t expect for my “less” to be anything like anyone else’s “less”.

But like most of us, the noise out there in the world is deafening, and it pays to shut it off for a minute and focus.

mike

Linkin Park Radio is now Updated!

January 7, 2012

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LP radio has been updated with some new music and words.

Click here to listen.

EDIT: For people outside the US, listen on this page (the widget for listening is on the right):

http://www.iheartradio.com/cc-common/news/sections/special/linkinpark/?_show

mike

New LPTV – Secret Show for Japan

October 19, 2011
mike

Linkin Park Radio – NEW

September 29, 2011

Linkin Park Radio just got refreshed!  New music, and I called a bunch of fans at random.  Some funny stuff…

http://www.iheart.com/#/live/4804

mike

Linkin Park Underground Summit: Adele “Rolling In The Deep” cover

June 22, 2011

We held another LP Underground Summit in Hamburg yesterday.  It was a fun one; the fans got together for mini golf, they walked our stage and played our instruments, I did a tour of the backstage with a group, Phoenix did a chat, we met everyone, talked, and signed autographs.

After the signing and a Q and A session, Chester and I wanted to play something special for everyone:

Click HERE for more info on the LP Underground.

mike

How do we give you what you want?

June 20, 2011

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”
-Mark Twain

In our band, there are many moments that help define–to us and you–who we are as a group.  With each of those moments, we weigh a myriad of factors–how we felt about it, what the fans’ reactions were, how it affected the band in broad or specific terms.  Is this music interesting?  Should we curse on that song?  Should we tour with this band?  Should we put our song in that movie?

Each time we enter a new phase of the band, we rely on our own sense of what we like, and mix it with the opinions of people whose opinions we trust and value.

This is one of those times.

At the link below, you’ll find a list of questions.  It only takes a few moments to fill out.  But by doing so, you could–quite literally–be helping define the future of Linkin Park.  Let us know who you are and what you want.  As an added bonus, one person will receive an autographed A THOUSAND SUNS box set.

Thank you.  Click here:

http://bit.ly/kRJNAN

mike