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Shape Eater

A three-track video album by Akbar's Black Eyes. Each video made by taking found footage from both analog VHS tapes and archived digital video, and manipulating with a visual programming environment. These sometimes-incomprehensible visuals are then set to a soundtrack of similarly abstracted and manipulated music, creating an experience equally familiar and bizarre.

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Lo-Fi, experimental, psychedelic, noise, glitch art, music video, new media, found footage
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 8, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Daemon New-Media Art Show
    Savannah, GA
    April 14, 2016
Director Biography

A one-man audio/visual art project, based in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

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Director Statement

A streamed consciousness across frayed wires. Memories and thoughts arc against each other and explode into blinding sparks, leaving behind only the floating specter of color – the eye’s memory of light.

Akbar's Black Eyes is a one-man experimental electronic music/sound/video project based in Nashville, TN, focusing on abstract expressionism, experimental deconstruction and exploration of the relationship between music and sound, light and imagery.

Fundamentally, music is sound organized into familiar topologies. Through repetition, these topologies of sound are reinforced and eventually become compulsory. What begins as a vague relational framework becomes a rigid structure. Music is what music was, and thus a feedback loop is established. Genre becomes dogma.

By deconstructing these paths of understanding and rewiring them, new patterns emerge. Primitive emotions swell from the stimulation of psyche via sound – reminding us of the the very origin of human music. Familiar tropes crash into each other and reemerge as something new.

Finally combining these musical reconstructions with abstracted imagery, and manipulating the imagery with the sound, via an intermediary visual computer programming toolset, a peculiar sort of animation emerges.