in 2022, I created these unofficial videos for another concept album that really impacted me.
this time from We Lost The Sea’s Departure Songs, an album that contains catastrophic and failed epic journeys to further humankind.
Challenger has always been heavy on my heart. Though being about 3.5 years old at the time, I still remember my mom telling me what had happened on that day (I was on the way to the Doctor’s office to get stitches above my eye from an accident on our home swingset).
I discovered the album in 2021 thanks to a persistent friend, Sean, and for the 36th anniversary on January 28 (2022), I couldn’t shake the song from my head and the visuals it created.
I broke my “no video using someone else’s footage” rule for this simply because of the source material – it had to be impactful and I would not ever be able to recreate it.
These videos represent months of hard work trying to fill 24/32 minutes of an epic sonic journey, and an epic event that I will never forget.
In 2010 I created this video, titled "La Mer" from Nine Inch Nails 1999 album The Fragile.
It was shot entirely in South Africa in fall 2009 and would represent the 2nd music video I'd made shot entirely with footage of my own.
The technology at the time used was that of a primitive digital camera that shot video (I think at 640 max), as well as an early iPhone model.
Despite the song being 10 years old at the time and being restricted from posting on YouTube due to copyright, I really enjoyed creating this particular video about "The Ocean".
In 2009 I decided to take another crack at my video editing and capture skills.
This time I set the video to Thrice's song "Night Diving" - a unique concept album/series as part of their Alchemy Index.
I wanted it to be composed of footage I shot entirely, something my "Formant" video didn't adhere to from 2008. For me it set that as a minimum standard for music videos I would create in the future (except "Challenger Parts 1 & 2" in 2022).
Team Sleep - Formant
In 2008 I decided to cobble together a music video based upon one I really liked for a band called Team Sleep. I took it as a "modern retelling" of their video with some very amateur video capture and editing.
Thus began my journey of making music videos.