This past May, The Creators Project shared Tycho's otherworldly music video for "See," off recent LP, Awake (via Ghostly International). Directed by Bradley "GMUNK" Munkowitz, the video took us through parallel universes and back, using gorgeous infrared, full-spectrum photography. Today, we're premiering GMUNK and company's performance cut of the original video, entirely made up of Kinect-informed infrared footage.
"We started experimenting with infrared lighting and discovered that the IR emitter in the Microsoft Kinect projected a starfield-like dot pattern not unlike what a 3D render of point cloud data looks like," explains Joe Picard, the film's cinematographer. "Captured with our full spectrum camera, it became photographic, where fields of bokeh and shimmering discs reveal multiple layers of shape and form."
"In addition," he continued, "some of the lens flares we were able to make with the Kinect are unlike anything we've ever seen before—creating super dense moire patterns and 3D-like caustic inversions of lens geometry."
To capture their footage, the crew shot Tycho's entire performance in the dark. Members of the band could neither see one another, nor tell who or what the camera was looking at, yielding a raw musical experience that makes the performers look like living constellations. "The visual results tie perfectly with the concept of ’See,'" says GMUNK. "We always seem to reveal new worlds that are beyond our terrestrial abilities of sight."
See some stills from the illuminated performance below, as well as the original "See" music video: