OWL // THE CUBE

A hybrid multi-media project encompassing an album-length video, a traveling projection-mapped cube, and an album of original music -- two side length pieces.

Inspired by Conny Plank, Teo Macero, Italian Futurism, Stereolab, Madlib.

Released by Dangerbird Records as part of the 'Arthur King Presents' series.

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The term 'facial disc' refers to an indention on an owl's face that helps it collect sound as it flies.  I laughed when I learned this -- hits close to home, as my lifelong love and pursuit of music has shaped my head, and my heart, and my soul, and anything else there is to shape.  The words are a very basic incantation about how music's changed the shape of my head.... in a metaphorical sense.
I made an album length video for Owl that depicts me getting 'swallowed by the internet,' trapped inside a multi-dimensional cube, and transformed into an owl and then an 'owl priest'.   Ha yes, it sounds a bit weird, but that's the point.  I prefer unique videos that allow a full journey into the imagination.   It's still kind of rooted in reality though.  Getting sucked into the internet?  That's no joke... it's most of my life.  Trapped inside a multi-dimensional cube?   Well, we spend most of our days inside boxes.  It's become our native habitat.  The owl was a somewhat arbitrary choice (no more arbitrary that humans living in 90 degree angled rooms).   I will say, the arbitrariness allowed me to focus on texture and color, rather than conveying a plot or narrative flow.
For the 'Facial Disc' video, I wanted to depict a noctural journey, but from my life, not an owl's.... so I took some footage of driving along interstate 5 between San Francisco and LA.   It also shows a Mandelbrot set, one of the more famous fractal patterns.   This is meant to tie into visions of 'sacred geometry' shown earlier in the album length video.   It's also kind of poking fun at those who sit around staring at "trippy" internet videos.   There's a whole YouTube rabbit hole waiting for you to fall....

I wanted the album video and the live performance to directly relate to each other, so I constructed a cube out of PVC, fabric, clamps, and gallons of sweat and coffee.  I've been using this for live performances.  Each surface of the cube is projection mapped and, well, it's pretty cool.  I like it.  During these live performances, I project my virtual cube onto my real cube and I project the album length video onto myself as well.  I happen to love recursive patterns.