I’ve already posted the song, but I have to post the video to Björk’s first single, Crystalline. Once again she’s collaborated with Michel Gondry on the video, just like she has so many times in the past. What’s great is that this feels like one of Gondry’s old videos, lots of beautiful weirdness. Gondry collaborated with Peter Sluszka to achieve the look and feel of the video, here’s some info on how they did it:
Shot on 16mm Bolex cameras, “Crystalline” feels more like an experimental sci-fi film than a typical music video. Lighting effects were achieved through multiple exposures that involved backwinding or capping the lens to painstakingly capture numerous passes on one frame of film. To ensure repeatable but modifiable actions, servo controlled LED rigs were custom designed and built.
Bjork’s performance was initially recorded against black on multiple cameras and then projected into the set against a spinning disc hovering above a cratered moonscape. Three projectors, arrayed along an arc at 30 degree intervals with synched performance create perspective shifts when the camera moves around the disc giving Bjork an ethereal, holographic presence.
Additionally, fabricated ice crystals, streaking comets, hammered metal drums nestled in moon craters, concentric sand patterns, and Gondry’s abstract 2D drawings all contribute to the cosmic vibe.
I know that her next album is supposed to be like a series of singles, all with their own iPad app and all that jazz, so I’m excited to see where she goes from here. I must admit, I hope she sings more like she did in the old days.