My first set of videos in 2014 were to existing music tracks I made in 2013. The early 2015 videos were set to soundtracks more ambient in nature that I made concurrently to the videos, and assembled as the album Waveforms in Exile. Having released that album, I have a different approach to the sound of my newer videos which is more music concrete.
The sound design of “Interference” with Cacia Zoo began started with a sample of her saying her name, and remembering the hilarious Chris Lilley rap “Animal Zoo”; it was super chaotic mashing those up, but it felt like there should be a clash between soft, meditative sounds and the constant barrage of noise and interruption I think most of us have to deal with when we try to be clear. The “bells” of the ambient parts were recorded last Sunday when I took my kids to the Mesa Idea Museum and found out they no longer have free Sundays, so we stood around and played the xylophones outside- sounds that ended up in this video about an hour later.
Glass Olive’s sounds for “Lady of the Lake” were 100% generated by her, and manipulated by me using a program called Paul Stretch. I wanted something as ethereal and organic as possible to match the stripped down, ghostly scenarios in the video. Glass Olive made up these sounds spontaneously while in the hallway of a Brooklyn photo studio, and recorded them onto my iPad while I was busy.
“Lady of the Lake” is video art created with model/ actress Glass Olive, who also displays some amazing singing ability as the sole sound of this piece. It was filmed in 2 halves, in Brooklyn in May of 2015 (with the aid of ace hairstylist Andy Tseng) and in July 2015 at the Great Salt Lake, a combination of Fuji X-T1 footage and GoPro Hero Black 4.
As a minimalist, I look for environments that are clean and open without chaotic elements. It doesn’t get any more open and less chaotic than the Great Salt Lake outside Salt Lake City. It’s one of those areas, like White Sands in New Mexico, where people frequently say how it feels like being on another planet. When leaving Salt Lake City, there is a pull off from I-80 with paid parking, and about 2 minutes further down a dirt road is a large tagged up rock with free parking and not much in the way of interference from other lookie-loos except for sunset time. A beautifully empty, if smelly, place.
Filmed with my old buddy Glass Olive in her home state of Utah in July. Everything is done on my GoPro Hero Black 4. The soundtrack is different from recent video art pieces- not a straight composition as I normally make, but a warped soundscape collage kind of thing. The next few video art pieces I have in the pipeline have a similar aesthetic, warped soundscape collages and music videos for artists other than myself.
I made this video with the 5 amazing models I photographed in Brooklyn in May of this year- Cacia Zoo, Glass Olive, Sierra Mckenzie, Kacie Marie and Victoria Elle. It’s a combination of behind-the-scenes footage and intentionally artsy stuff, shot on both my Fuji X-T1 and GoPro Hero 4 Black and scored with my ambient guitar noodling.
These are more Fuji Instax Minis, aka “Fujiroids”, from my recent shoots in Brooklyn. We have models Glass Olive and Sierra Mckenzie, who I’ve worked with dozens of times…
and Kacie Marie, who was someone new for me to work with, but really game to make interesting work. Part of the fun is seeing how different each double exposure becomes by virtue of expression, lighting, positioning or gesture. Each image shot with the Fuji Neo Classic camera. Hair on Glass Olive and Kacie Marie was by Andy Tseng. If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it! For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.