Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Dakota and The Plow That Broke the Plains


My love for all things The Church compelled me to create this short video. Made in a record time of four days, the video uses imagery from three films as well as original art work by Tiare Helburg as featured on the Dead Man's Hand Ep

The song's cool non-linear narrative is closely paralleled by a visual narrative, and cascading mandalas generated from the Tiare's flower skull design syncopate to guitars, drums, and vocals highlighting changing moods and soundscapes within the song.

I often ask, really, which came first the video or the song? This question for me at times is the cause of a bit of metaphysical vertigo, some of the parallels of narratives (visual and vocal) seem a bit uncanny - to what degree the imagery influenced or influences the song - I cannot answer alone...

video clips are taken from three films (all free of copyright existing in the public domain):

The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936) 
http://www.archive.org/details/PlowThatBrokethePlains1
I Killed Wild Bill Hickok (1956) 

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