This Is The Most Beautiful Music Video You’ll See For A Long Time

Glenn Marshall – The Nest That Sailed The Sky, Computer-generated Visualisation 2009

Glenn Marshall does something that few video artists do – he makes abstract videos, based on generative processes, that are full of beauty and wonder.

His work is almost a visual analogy to Brian Eno’s work with generative music.

This is his video for Peter Gabriel’s The Nest That Sailed The Sky.

Details on Marshall’s video below.

via MediaArtTube:

Glenn Marshall: I developed 6 animation sequences using this imagery, all showing different stages of birth, life, transcendence, decay etc.

1. single cells growing on ends of stems, with dark underwater shading , I also added concentric ripples which emanated from the growing vines.
2. empty nests with trails of red berries being left behind where ever the stems grow from, against subdued morning sky shading.
3. the boy in the nest appears, against sunset shaded background.
4. boy in nest against brighter blue sky shading.
5. star child luminous effect on dark background.
6. single cells again, without stems, dark watery shading.

I rendered out each sequence for the entirety of the songs duration. The shapes of the vines and positions of the sprites are exact for each sequence, this allowed me to dissolve each sequence at any point from one into another and maintain a natural looking transition. In post production, through simple dissolves, I could experiment with and craft together a visual narrative that changed with musical cues in the song.

5 thoughts on “This Is The Most Beautiful Music Video You’ll See For A Long Time

  1. I would like to see this as an interactive entertainment — er, a game. Like Microsia. Would be trippy to SURF THE SONG and dive into the layers.

    I think an epic video of Peter Gabriel's "Make Tomorrow" would be tremendous. And sublime. Not necessarily in that order.

  2. Thank you for the information, I am really looking forward to the Samsung Epic 4G, even though I have constantly been quite curious in cool gadgets, for a long time I have been researching for my very first smartphone and I did not acquire it yet. The reasons are really simple: each several of months there is a revolution in the industry (difficult to decide!) and prices right here in Brazil are quite abusive. Maybe I would enter this world in fantastic style with a Samsung Epic 4G. I hope so.

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