While I’m focused on live performance intermedia projects these days, over the years I’ve created a number of music videos (using “traditional” production and post approaches) for bands in Europe and the US.
These pieces were created in Los Angeles using low-budget (or no-budget) guerilla-style approaches (not to mention some old-school NTSC and CRT video). Fortunately being based in an industrial DTLA environment means there’s a lot at hand to work with, and nearby are locations used in countless feature films that are there for the taking (if you can move fast).
“Intrigue” was an attempt to create an alternate-reality Los Angeles loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle (it’s worth noting that this was before the book was adapted to an episodic): circa 1948, after the United States was defeated in World War II, with the local resistance waging an information war against the authoritarian government and secret police.
A number of downtown LA locations are used in this one (some subtly modified to seem plausible for a mid-century context).
“Remember the Truth” once again uses Los Angeles as a backdrop, this time as a media-saturated dystopia (the influence of Blade Runner aesthetics are pretty obvious; indeed some actual BR locations (e.g., the 2nd Street tunnel and the Bradbury Building) make appearances. An alternate version of the Eastern Building serves as the abode of the singer (Pierre Ordinaire) as a clockwork automaton alchemist. The live footage was shot in local clubs and the band’s downtown rehearsal warehouse space.
Oh yeah, I’m also fronting the band in this one.
“Without a Friend” by labXIV is a song about being used, like a tool. So a local machine shop seemed like an appropriate place to shoot it.