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Friday, March 22, 2019

VIDEO: Trey Pollard's "Fixed Ideas"

Familiar Richmond locations featured with drone footage.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 11:53 AM

The second video from Spacebomb arrangement wizard/composer Trey Pollard is a mesmerizing, autumnal sequence of God’s eye drone footage set to “Fixed Ideas,” the opening cut of his recent recording “Antiphone.”

Familiar Richmond locations, the downtown bridges, islands in the rapids, the Luck Stone quarry, become dynamic abstractions in the sharply detailed, top-down view. The score sets modern classical piano played by Wells Hanley against a complex, ever-shifting string arrangement. About halfway through the natural view splits into mirrored images, separating and coming together, at one point becoming a trippy starburst of radiating train cars.

This is the second video by Pollard’s brother-in-law and Spacebomb videographer, Tony Forgey. The first was a perfect, stop-motion realization of “8 Pairs: Fugue 6. Very Slowly.”

The video for “Fixed Ideas” takes a more organic path, setting dynamic, flowing elements against fixed and frozen lines, then kaleidoscopes them all before almost settling down in the end. The penultimate shot still has a bit of lingering visual trickery. In both cases the visualization both complements and provides a charming way into brilliant and challenging music.

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