Drums of Death was supposed to be a vector animation music video the the Chuck D and DJ Spooky collaboration B Side Wins Again. It was the first paid project Noah Olmsted and I took on after graduating from Columbia. Our ambitions were impossibly high, and our project management skills non-existent. In the end we came out with some pretty interesting work, but we could never quite finish the video in a way that lived up to our expectations. Eventually the project died, and not surprisingly, no one was happy with us.
Here's another discovery made while searching through my hard drive… This is some of the earliest work Noah Olmsted and I did as XV. It was kind of a technique / mood driven research project / art piece. It has its moments.
More from the DJ Spooky + Chuck D video that never ends.
The project that Noah Olmstead and I are doing for the DJ Spooky + Chuck D collaboration, is a disaster. Our first attempt was painfully complicated, so we came up with a new strategy that is somehow even more of a nightmare. We are mostly doing experiments in video production, but if I ever hear the song again my brain will fall out.
This image is the jumping off point for our new technique which promises to be infinitely complicated, as the entire five minute video will be animated frame by frame with vector graphics.
This animation shows an infinite loop we designed at XV as a potential environment for our Chuck D / DJ Spooky video.