Creating “After The Thaw”

This autumn we made the music video for Lorkin O’Reilly’s After the Thaw. See the behind-the-scenes pictures and a blog post on creating images with music by Almost Human Alec here!


I have been exercising. 10 km on the exercise bike. 3 sets of 30 pull ups. 3 sets of 10 press ups. 3 sets of 30 curls with weights. Yoga also. All at a fairly mild pace. I end by lying on the ground, resting. Trying to clear my mind. I always have a record on. Today it was the self titled album by The Knife. My eyes lids were lightly closed. The light from the halogen bulbs above bursts on my eye lashes. With minute movements of my eye lids I made the light move to the music. It occurs to me that when I listen to music, I see differently. I’m talking quite literally about vision. Not some deep metaphysical understanding, but it is as if the surface of the world is wearing an entirely new skin.

Making a music video is an attempt to reverse this process. By fixing what you see, I change the way you hear the music. If I show you the skin first, am I trying make you hear it in the same way I do? (What a strange thing for me to want to do?) Is it the same as that godawful moment when someone makes you listen to their new favourite band? They watch your face for any sign of appreciation. We’re hearing the same thing, right? Luckily I’m under no obligation to justify my motives. I’m not trying to start a discourse. Just let me be that friend that you don’t really like. Who has just found their new favourite song. I’m going to watch you intently while you listen. In every movement your face makes, I’m going read that we’re hearing the same thing. You weren’t faking it, were you? I mean, I thought we connected?” 

Alec Hughes