Since emerging half-formed from the wreckage of an art project gone wrong, London trio flies+flies have been carving out a unique form of experimental rock music, combining electronics, strings, guitar and voice to create distinctly dark and deeply melodic pockets of space.
Following a steady stream of packed live shows (from the suitably claustrophobic setting of a disused East London dentist’s surgery to the main stage of Bristol’s Arc festival), the trio retreated to the studio to begin working on their debut release. The result, Bad Crab Hand, is a perfect embodiment of the flies+flies aesthetic, its sparse textures and sonic pregnancy combining to form an entrancing and mysterious doomsday reverie; the band have dubbed it “rhizomatic pop”.
To visually accompany their debut release, flies+flies teamed up with directing duo Robert Glassford & Daniel Zucco, aka Mr Kaplin.
Song: Bad Crab Hand
Direction, Animation & Design: Mr Kaplin
DOP: Simon Paul (Cross Street Studios)
Camera Assistant: Toby Mckay
"Blessed with the grinding electronic pulse and sexy melancholy of Depeche Mode's finest work, the band give a modern twist to the sound with sudden transitions into acoustic passages, haunting cello and chiming percussion rising up like looming forest trees" - Supajam
"beautiful... playing with methodology and technology but ultimately coming up with something accessible and unpretentious... keep an eye out for them" - Scrolldust
She: Kiki Doll
Old: Manuel Sánchez Arillo
Young: Pontus Borg
Writer / Director: Álvaro de la Herrán
Productor Ejecutivo Sal Gorda: Juanjo Gómez
Production Manager: Enrique Gómez
1st AD: Jorge Sempere
2nd AD: Javi Pérez
D.O.P: Jose Luis Salomón
Producer Sal Gorda: Ruben Subirats
Line Producer: Javier Blázquez
Stylism: Inma Barandica
Make-up & Hair: Mauro Saccoccini
Art Direction: Sany Climent
Choreographer: Tuixen Benet
Editor: Álvaro de la Herrán
Postproduction Art Director & Animation: Tavo Studio
VFX Supervisor: Isidro Jiménez
Colorist: Ximo Michavila
Special Thanks - Maria José Martín and Isabel Cano at Telson.
music video for one of my latest tracks called SENSOU, consisting of audio synced cuts, created via various image destruction/decimation techniques incl. simulated slit-scans, extreme timestretching, displacement, datamoshing and scripted luma-based offsets.
displacement - the reordering and rearrangement of the body
datamosh - the obliteration of being across anthropomorphic strata
a collection of paraphilic dreamscapes via pornographic elements of war & horror.
pornography as atrocity imagery (of a different perspective).
desire, consumption and information - visual decimation as dissection.
fetishistic fragmentation - recreation, leisure and death.
death of affect - dissociation and responsibility.
chasms of the body - recalibration of physiology.
"violence, like pornography, is some kind of an evolutionary standby system, a last-resort device for throwing a wild joker into the game"
"the human organism is an atrocity exhibition at which he is an unwilling spectator ..."
JG Ballard 1990
"photography has done at least as much to deaden conscience as to arouse it"
Susan Sontag 1977
For the past few years, SnapRoll Media has been at the forefront of remotely controlled aerial camera systems. Like most, we started out using DSLR cameras to record video, but it wasn’t long before the image quality wasn’t up to our standards. We began designing and building larger airframes to carry the weight of the cameras we and our clients wanted to use.
Our hard work paid off. We were the first to successfully carry the RED ONE digital cinema camera safely and smoothly. Then, we added Vision Research’s Phantom Flex and Phantom Gold high speed cameras to our arsenal. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to be the first in the world to successfully fly the new RED EPIC on our proven remote controlled aerial system thanks to Jarred Land and Jim Jannard.
We are constantly researching, developing, and fine tuning our helicopters to carry larger cameras with maximum stability. The greatest reward is seeing our clients' faces when we get the shot that no crane, cable cam, or full size helicopter was able to capture. 2012 will be full of incredible projects along with further R&D on bigger and better remotely controlled (RPV) aerial camera systems. Stay tuned!
Camera operator #2: Damien Vignaux
Make up: Anna Czylinsky (annaczilinsky.com)
Main cast: Natascha Haack & Erik Reisinger
Support cast: Mariya Madzharova, Fritz for funk, Marina Makarenko, Daphné Lachavanne, Amelie Mo, Leonard de leonard, Estelle Beck Taylor
Special thanks to Salon zur Wilden Renate / Berlin
Nominated for Best Editing at Berlin Music Video Awards 2014