Stream / 12" Vinyl Earth EP / Limited edition Giclée art prints: ffm.to/epearth
Storm footage and photography by Kelly Delay
Video directed and edited by Jennifer Tividad
Thanks for coming back to have a look at this latest audio-visual collaboration. It started when I discovered the amazing work of the storm chaser Kelly Delay, and we had a bit of a chat about doing a music video together.
The idea seeded my Earth EP where I delved into various earthbound growth processes, microbiological/spike, ice formation/reflect, population growth/swarm and storm systems this time, with surge.
Then Jennifer Tividad (who has worked on Emergence, and Chromos in the past) agreed to work with Kelly's stock video and stills, much of it never seen before on Kelly's pages, to create this beautiful storm surge story, from windy field recording beginnings to violent nature at it finest. Big thanks to Kelly and Jennifer, and hope you enjoy it too.
Earlier this year Max introduced Kelly Delay, a Texas-based multi-media artist & real-life storm chaser. They wanted to create a music video using some of Kelly's incredible footage & I just needed to bring it all together.
Kelly’s work is so beautiful and powerful we wanted the material to speak for itself - there was no need or want to manipulate anything too much.
The goal was to create a huge storm developing as the track built in intensity, but I also wanted to carve out a loose narrative to help carry us through. Much of the work I do is more story-based so in this case I had to create a backbone to work to. This project was slightly unusual in that the content was made up of a series of work captured over a long period time, in different formats, and obviously unintended for a single video. I used an iterative approach to create the final timeline.
I liked starting out as if we're on the road with Kelly about to chase down a storm, hearing the rain beating down on the windscreen, watching these unreal cloud structures form in the sky and start to take over. It made sense to marry up the slow-building sections of the track with those meditative moments of majestic clouds swirling around, finding good sync points of glitches for lightning strikes and I also had to find a way to integrate Kelly’s stills into a body of videos - it was a fun, creative challenge.
Given with the year we’ve all had I hope we can all relate to the idea of trying to find beauty amidst darkness and chaos but seeing clear skies shining through at the end.
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