"Who fancies flying round a crystalline fractal cave, with 'Smoked Glass and Chrome' on the stereo?"
In the world of psychedelic trance music, fractals have their obvious place. Not only does it seem to resonate profoundly with those under the influence of hallucinogens, but it also fits well with the colorful world of synthetic music and imagery. Two of my favorite artists I've listened to for at least a decade and a half are Shpongle and Ott.
Ott's SMOKED GLASS AND CHROME has always been profoundly magical to me, and when doing some of those temple fractals I thought it would be an awesome fit. The first half of the film is an edit of various shots of the same parameter mixture, using colored pointlights without shadows to highlight various shapes, as if lit as a stage. The first couple of shots are taken with my phone at the Boom festival. I edited them in to create the feeling of an intimate, warm summer festival.
The second part is a fly-through of the temple, where I used the golden parts to key in some colors that resonate on the chimes of the music.
The title I gave to the piece is of course reminiscent of the title of the original song, although I wanted to convey the feeling of when the sun's rays penetrate a beautiful stained glass window, as if in a temple.
I'm still totally in the market for creating a music video for either Ott or the Shpongle guys, Simon Posford and Raja Ram.