The prolific and talented Bradley Munkowitz (GMUNK) invited Conor Grebel and myself to join a team of artists in creating the music video for Tycho's "See". Thrilled at the opportunity, we dove in, devoting months of passionate hard work into what would be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects in our careers.
In Tycho’s “See”, the heroine travels through breathtaking landscapes and alternate realities as she pursues a mysterious cloaked figure. Throughout her journey, she encounters and interacts with a variety of unique objects that help guide her way and tell her story.
Conor Grebel and I were offered the challenge of designing and fabricating these objects. We began by approaching them as characters within the story, each with a unique personality, but unified as ancient relics with vital roles in a timeless and mysterious ritual.
The objects needed to convey intention and deliberate design, as well as a tactile connection to life and nature. The bold wood grain on each object roots its history in the natural world, while its precisely sculpted geometry hints at a mystical and unexplainable origin. Each was designed according to its purpose and are derived from simple geometric forms. These forms were kept minimal and natural, while also possessing enough irregularity to add depth and interest.
Conor Grebel and myself set to work to turn our designs from sketches and 3d models into real, physical objects. At first possessing little wood working knowledge, we spent countless hours in the shop, learning quickly and eagerly from our mistakes and successes.
Along the way we sought the expertise of Andrew Devansky and Marek Michalowski, who were tremendously helpful throughout. Finally, after many weeks of late nights and weekends spent cutting, sanding, and staining, we emerged proudly with a beautiful cast of props and invaluable new skills and knowledge.
I am profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to this project. Working and learning alongside such talented and passionate people was a wonderful and memorable experience.
Working on this project was literally a dream come true. I have been a tremendous fan of Tycho for many years and am deeply moved and inspired by their music and aesthetic. Working with the dedicated team of brilliant and accomplished artists behind this endeavor was an incredibly rewarding experience. I am truly and sincerely grateful.