Jeff Mills, vintage computer graphics, and a one-act play by Philip Glass are the reference points for "System," a new video from Hudson Mohawke released today. While making the video, Mohawke's team commissioned their own helicopter shoot over Manhattan, placing the footage in a CG environment that evokes Philip Glass' 1000 Airplanes On The Roof.
According to co-director Dominic Flannigan, the idea was to see a city grid "superimposed with circuit boards and processors," a concept inspired by class '90s rave aesthetics. Fellow director Nic Hamilton said via a press release, ""System" is about big cities and screens, manic focused euphoria and cinematic panoramas. It is the experience of NYC from a helicopter at dawn with a 4G connection."
"System" is part of a series of music videos commissioned by Warp Records for Random Acts, an art film platform that runs on Channel 4 over in the UK. The track itself is taken from Hudson's second album Lantern, which dropped this summer via Warp.
Check out Mohawke's tour dates below—and look out for Noisey's documentary, Very First Breath: A Documentary About Hudson Mohawke, soon.
Oct 31 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival
Nov 2 - Zurich, Switzerland - Mascotte
Nov 6 - Austin - Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 7 - Dallas - South Side Music Hall (w/ The-Dream)
Nov 10 - Nashville - Exit/In (w/ The-Dream)
Nov 11 - Chicago - Concord Music Hall (w/ The-Dream)
Nov 12 - Detroit - St Andrews Hall (w/ The-Dream)
Nov 13 - Toronto - Mod Club Theatre (w/ The-Dream)
Nov 14 - Burlington - Artsriot (w/ The-Dream)
Nov 15 - Boston - Paradise Rock Club (w/ The-Dream)
Nov 17 - Philadelphia - TLA (w/ The-Dream)
Nov 18 - New York - Webster Hall (w/ The-Dream)
Dec 2 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
Dec 3 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Dec 4 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Dec 9 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
Dec 10 - London, UK - Roundhouse
Dec 11 - Manchester, UK - Warehouse Project
Dec 12 - Glasgow, UK - ABC