After weeks of research, preparation and long nights of sitting at the computer, I’ve finished the video to go with Beck’s song ‘Painted Eyelids’.
Following the same pattern as the work I created around the song ‘Girl’, here is the work I made based around the lyrics from Nitemare Hippy Girl.
Again, I created an illustration from a photograph, with some variations:
Here are the photos:
Here’s the song too (apologies for the random video, this was the only one without ads):
I’ve started the practical side of this project by getting some photos depicting lyrics from the songs ‘Girl’ by Beck.
From one of these photos, I created an illustration:
I think the photos themselves have worked well:
Here’s the song too – love the 8 bit intro:
I found this game a couple of days ago when I was looking for stuff Beck has produced. It’s a platform game called Sound Shapes, and the aim is to roll and jump your way to the finish point using the shapes in the environment and avoiding any red objects. The signature feature of the game is the soundtrack, each level has its own music produced by top artists, including three by Beck — as the player moves through the game the music corresponds to each screen and builds and drops accordingly, making onomatopoeic platforms to jump across and enemy missiles that dart to the baseline. The whole thing is a neat bit of design — the semi-geometric shapes and various themes work well to create a naive engineering atmosphere… It reminds me of playing with my K’Nex set.
Beck’s song ‘Cities’ won ‘Best Song in a Game’ in the Video Games Awards, this is just another avenue in which Beck has explored and achieved.
I think Matei Apostolescu’s work is an incredible collection of digital illustration which displays how effective the use of colour can be. His subject matter is mostly cats, robot/being, skulls and cars — most of the illustrations featuring robots or based in a fantasy technological world usually set apocalyptic and destructive scenes of which is stated in the titles.
The colours used are vibrant and the wavy texture of the illustrations give them a psychedelic feel.
It was difficult to choose only a few pieces from Apostolescu’s website to show here, as they’re all amazingly detailed and satisfying to look at. Plus, he’s worked with clay to create some interesting little toys, again mostly robots and spaceships.
He has also done commissioned work for a range of companies like Olympus, Coca-Cola and Computer Arts.
PLEASE see more for yourself at his website: www.013a.com
Here’s the link to the finalised, fully immersive and interactive video where “Beck says ‘Hello, Again’ to David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision'”. It does take a while to load, but it’s worth it – you can use your webcam to move the 3 separate 360˚ cameras by moving your head and the 360˚ sound tracks it! And as I said in the first post about this, the performance itself is brilliant.
I think the idea of using of real-life film with animation overlaid is good, and I can imagine the outcome to go well with the unusual sounds of Beck’s music. I will use part of one of Beck’s songs — one which paints a picture or tells a story. From the list mentioned in the last post about this project, I think Sleeping Bag could work, although the lyrics are abstract, I get the sense that Beck wants to be able to enjoy the present moment, after all, “Tomorrow is another crazy scam”.
I also had some good ideas for what could be done with the lyrics from Painted Eyelids. Again they’re very abstract, but he seems to be stranded in the ‘ugly part of town’, describing various elements of it; the glowing sewer drains, blocked off roads etc. In the last verse he moves on to talk about a subject (I’m going to assume it’s a girl) who is “the clearest dream that ever passed [him] by”. This song seems to have a natural flow in the scenery he’s talking about and the mellow, slow tempo of the song would go well with a slow camera pan across the derelict scene. Both of these songs are from the album One Foot in the Grave which was released on an independent record label and never charted. The folk genre runs through the whole album and shows Beck’s versatility, he gives an overwhelming sense of apathetic angst and depression in many songs.
I’ve just watched Beck’s reinvention of David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’ called ‘Hello, Again’, the composition of the musicians and the overall performance was incredible. The creative flare that the performance had was similar to that of David Byrne’s work.
Beck has also collaborated with Director Chris Milk to expand this project into an immersive media experience. It allows viewers to cycle through various 360 lenses around the auditorium, as well as three different audio perspectives:
“an outer microphone that captures the 160+ musicians up close, an inner microphone that represents what the studio audience hears, and finally a central microphone that lets you hear what Beck hears.”
I’m looking forward to the interactive edition, which I’m assuming will be featured on Milk’s website: www.chrismilk.com
These pieces of cutout art by Joey Bates are nice, I like the layered effect used to add depth, the directional light makes a big impact. I might experiment with similar methods in my own work.