David Knight - 20th Oct 2010

Underworld have been working with Tomato and Dylan Kendle ever since the distant days of Born Slippy, and their new album has brought them back together again.

Here is the first of three videos that Tomato are making for the album, for first single Birds 1 - which happens to be Dylan Kendle's first video in about a decade - and its beautiful. In counterpoint to the driving track, it's a 'non still life' of dying lilies, that slowly bloom again as the six minute track reaches its climax.
"In addition to the imagery being an unusual counterpoint to the driving music, there was a line "there is one bird in my house' that reminded me of a incident at my mum's," says Dylan, explaining how the idea was conceived. "A bird got in to the dining room and smashed all the china on the shelves, everything was calm before and different afterwards but for several minutes there was an explosion of colour and the room came to life as the pieces flew."

Still photographer Peter Thiedeke set up three digital time-lapse shoot of the flowers' slow decay over six weeks. The limited footage was carefully reframed and cut by editor Richard Anthony, bringing the flowers back to life in reaction to the music. The edited footage was fed through to glassworks Flame artist Duncan Horn, who spent 8 days painstakingly grading the footage.

Duncan says: "We concentrated on grading stills from each setup, trying to make them look as if they had been painted - a little like those old botanical encyclopedia's you find - then applying it to the moving footage allowing it to come to life."


DirectorDylan Kendle
Production CompanyTom
EditorRichard Anthony
CommissionerSmith Hyde Productions

David Knight - 20th Oct 2010

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