On Sunday evening, it began. Within 24 hours, I made more than three-hundred images, selected forty-seven of them, completed a new video-for-music, and uploaded it at Vimeo. Wait. Is that even possible? Check the files. Yup. It’s true. And I’m kind of stunned. Happy, but kind of stunned.
Blake Sandberg and Samm Cohen, incarnated as Aliens, the 21st-century punk-rocking band, are the inspiration for this marathon. You can sample their music—and their dynamic, highly visual aesthetic—at [sad to say, Aliens as we knew it is no more, and the URL is no longer active].
Only one-sixth or so of the new images are used in “Aliens Glyph,” so there are probably three more vids to be made. Already thinking of schemes and titles. The process is fantastically liberating: experiment, experiment some more, reject, accept, experiment even more … oh, that’s good, accept! Nothing is off-limits, I stretch colors and shapes to their extremes, use filters and effects that I’ve never even looked at before. Ten samples appear below; the video link is http://vimeo.com/101351568.
Strangely, the opening lines of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” have been playing in my head the entire time I’ve been working on this, including while writing this intro. Finally broke down and played it. Yup. Still gnarly after all these years.
00 Somehow Reminiscent of Matisse Perhaps, 01 Glyph Lightly, 02 Roiling Deep,
03 Nest Full of Bright, 04 Echo Splanch Echo, 05 Whispering Static,
06 Happy in Brooklyn, 07 Son of a Yellow Submarine,
08 Another Sign of the Vibrating Colors, 09 No Hesitation, 10 Freeborn Anemone
Words and images by Catherine Rutgers © 2014