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The National squeeze 5000 photos into new video

By | Published on Tuesday 29 August 2017

The National

The National have posted a new video for ‘Day I Die’, the latest track from new album ‘Sleep Well Beast’. The video features over 5000 photos taking by photographer Graham MacIndoe during band rehearsals in Paris, which have been mashed together into a video by director Casey Reas, who created a bespoke bit of software to make the promo.

Says Reas: “Graham captured eighteen time-lapse photo series during rehearsals at Le Centquatre in June 2017 in Paris. Hours of rehearsal are compressed into a few minutes. Over five thousand of these photographs were brought together to make the final video”.

He goes on: “I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A flickering colour layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage. The images here are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision”.

So, that’s the science, here is the video. The new album is out on 8 Sep.