Debuting today, the latest collaboration from noise-electro/classical composer Elizabeth Joan Kelly and avant-garde slide-guitarist Geiger von Müller gets surreal with public domain NASA images, Cinema 4D, and After Effects.
Award-winning noise-electro/classical composer Elizabeth Joan Kelly, aka EJK, and avant-garde slide-guitarist Geiger von Müller, aka GVM, have shared with AWN their latest collaboration, Blue Moon Frequency #2b [Spring Mix], which debuts today.
A remix of their track “Blue Moon Frequency 2B,” the sci-fi-ambient-minimalist piece is the latest in a series of von Müller music videos released over the past few years, dating back to his original acoustic track that was part of the sci-fi/protest 3D animation Blue Moon Frequency 1-3 music video trilogy.
Take a look at the entire series, starting with the brand-new EJK & GVM - Blue Moon Frequency # 2b [Spring Mix]:
With Paal V returning to continue his series direction, the music video’s animation is based on public domain images from the NASA archive, which were turned into a surreal 3D world in MAXON Cinema 4D using the camera mapping technique. According to von Müller, “Projecting the images onto 3D models from the right angle makes it possible to use a camera in the scene and move around the objects or modify them. Other elements were added to the composition in Adobe After Effects. The originals [music videos] are visually more complex, juxtaposed to the single retro/experimental sound of the slide guitar. The remixes are more focused, minimalist reinterpretations to go with the electro/noise sound. Further remixes are in the pipeline.”
Here’s EJK & GVM - Blue Moon Frequency # 2b [Fall Mix]:
and EJK & GVM - Blue Moon Frequency # 2b [Summer Mix]:
Kelly is a New Orleans-based electronic composer who uses found sounds and MIDI to create lush soundscapes at the epicenter of synthpop, industrial, ambient, darkwave, and classical music. Her most recent album, Farewell, Doomed Planet!, is about the apocalypse. And Chernobyl wolves. Pollution. And space travel. Existential dread. And whales. Kelly’s work has drawn comparisons to Bjork, Julee Cruise, Depeche Mode, Air, Yves Malone, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, and Wendy Carlos.
von Müller is a London-based slide guitarist blending ambient, conceptual audiovisuals. His albums Teddy Zer & The Kwands (2018) and Ruby Red Run! (2020) catapult a six-string hallucinogenic desert-spirit into a brand-new overlap territory of roots and experimental music. Stripped down to the core, raw and direct acoustic style juxtaposed to sci-fi/protest 3D visuals, including some surrealo-spectacular CD artwork and music videos, such as “Blue Moon Frequency trilogy parts 1-3”; “Toys In Ghettos (Part 1)”; and “Interstellar Resorption #3.”
Take a moment to check out the original Blue Moon Frequency - Parts 1 to 3 (Director's Cut) 4+ minute trilogy from 2018:
And, last but not least, watch the Blue Moon Frequency Part 1 [Somnium Infinitum Mix]:
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.