Costa Rica: Band Releases Citizen Collaboration Video

malpaisthCosta Rican band Malpais has released the video for their first single of their latest CD. What makes the video of The Butterfly Effect different is that it includes video clips that were sent in by their fans and uploaded on their website. This new video, part of the Un Dia Lejano (A Day Far Away) album was released online.

Cristian Cambronero wrote back in February about the group's request for participation in his blog, Fusil de Chispas:

Es la primera vez que una banda nacional incursiona en un modelo que ya ha sido explotado ampliamente gracias a las posibilidades de la red. Habrá que pelar los ojos para ver el resultado.

It is the first time that a national band takes on a model that has already been extensively used thanks to the possibilities of internet. We will have to keep our eyes peeled for the result.

Malpais means Bad Country in Spanish, and that is the name of the small coastal hamlet which is the band's namesake. The town of Malpais has become popular recently with tourists, both domestic and international, and is a lively community of artists, musicians and travelers who decided to stop their journeys there. The next video shows the band's call for fan submissions illustrating the song The Butterfly Effect. The fans were asked to submit videos shot on any sort of gadget: from professional cameras, point and shoot digital cameras or mobile devices.

Those who sent in videos which were later selected to be a part of the official video could win the band's CD, tickets for the video concert launch and getting credit for their video submission. The winners are listed here, and the official video follows:

You can hear more music by Malpais on their myspace page, and on their official website you can also download the guitar tablature for some songs in case you wish to play along or on your own.

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