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This project that combines the imaginative animated styling’s of Austin Hillebrecht and dreamy experimental pop of Pacific Northwest duo Josh and Mer. Feeling the project neither fits the generic category of music video or scored short film we’ve termed the project a Callioscope—a play on the on combination of calliope, the steam organ that supplied music to early carnivals and circuses, kinetoscope, the early motion picture device, and kaleidoscope, the optical toy that blends different elements and mediums to create a unique whole. The story follows our main character imprisoned and forced to work as a freak in nautical carnival trapped in the belly of a steam- powered whale. He dreams of flying free through the sky on his wings, which have grown shriveled and weak during his time as an indentured performer. When he decides to realize his dreams a musical romp of mayhem and liberation ensues.
"From the sea, my minds afloat
I try to row over the ocean floor
From the sea, I listen low
adrift my soul, over the waves that grow
from a life so long ago"