The week of furious editing to create 6 music videos – background visuals for MEIPR’s gig at Snottys Seaside, in Stockholm, last night was achieved! The night before the gig! And above you can view the first of the series: Sommersonne:
Sommersonne is taken from the Alvaret Tape Rekording release EgalitÈ (ATR010) 2018. It’s a lovely piece of Ambient Industrial music. A great blend of organic and synthetic sounds.
It was a fun challenge to see what I could come up with, after receiving firm instructions / restrictions from the band: “ideally black and white, no people, cars or modern objects… something blurry / out of focus, weird, distorted…blurry, distorted shapes or flashing lights is fine…” – but also, the challenge I set myself, was how to make each one unique, properly reflect the source music and if possible add to the experience…
Somehow, in the process, I decided on taking random pictures of strong organic plant forms and a summer sunset and stumbled upon a way of twisting them into synthetic childlike forms that I’d loved as a child, when looking through toy kaleidoscopes…
You can see Track 3 of their 6-track set here:
The rest of the videos will follow over the next coming weeks.
Hopefully you will enjoy them and you’ll agree, like the crowd who attended the gig seemed to do, that the visuals did indeed add to the experience. Although when some sync issues were encountered, I’m not sure how much it messed with people’s heads at times, rather than added positively. At times it felt like combat, wrestling between the images and the notes. But maybe it was just me who knew each track and visual so well by then?
It was definitely educational to me, to see the same videos I’d worked on played live, with video projection over the artists and with the volume of the music, it had quite the sensory impact! Definitely worth seeing such a gig live if you get the chance. And it was cool to see the other bands and their unique visuals too. Each unique and complimentary experiences.
Yesterday I released a video for MEIPR, for their song Schlangenbisse, a project that I started back in February I think. Yes I’ve been a bit tardy with this project, but finally finished it. Woohoo! He finishes a thing!
MEIPR consist of H. Meierkord and P. Josefsson. They try to capture the old days of dark ambient as well as a neo classical vibe colliding with the sizzling sounds from modular synthesizers. Essentially lovely, haunting ambient vibes.
So why did I finish the video only now? What took so long? What’s going on?
After I did the original video for Weich, Peter set me the challenge of taking some pictures from Instagram that he really liked and then animating them to the music in some way…. An easy enough request in some ways. However, there’s one slight problem – the images are instagram sized and therefore smaller resolution and not so easy to animate on a 1080p timeline; well not without extreme pixelly graininess. Something that Peter doesn’t actually mind, but hurts me a little inside ;).
The other problem was that there were only three pictures. So I cheated and used one more to round it out.
I kind of got about 2/3rds through it, and like a lot of projects, when you drop it for something else, it stays forgotten – in this case it was MR CLEAN, needing me to take over the editing – and so everything had to get pushed aside. That is until now…. Because MEIPR are doing a gig this weekend, and I promised to do the visuals for their set, for some projection over the band while they play…. and I’ve been lost in MR CLEAN land and head down on colour grading… oops! Better get on with it then!
Cue me hastily resuming editing and finishing it off. And now editing the rest of the footage I’ve been shooting and editing over the last months, as some random project. Like a true autist, I’ve been collecting random abstract textures and things that might look good in Black and White… or might not. It’s all very experimental and fun. But now I’ve got to finish the damn thing! And let’s hope it all looks good on the night!
More on MR CLEAN and the Premiere situation soon… and mention of another project that is now in pre-production….