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The Atlas Moth
“The Sixth Passenger is Death”
From the album “XXXXXXXXXXXXX”
Profound Lore Records
Directed By Ryan Oliver
Chicago band The Atlas Moth plays a style of doom-friendly metal that blows open any possible pigeonhole. This dark, impressionistic video directed by Ryan Oliver features candle-lit incantations and a burial at sea. Not for the faint of heart.
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The title to this song is a reference to the french title to the movie ALIEN. That’s all I had to hear to get the concept going for the second music video and Atlas Moth/Deathblow collaboration. Where the first song looked under the surface of an infinite ocean, this one would look to the skies for signs of alien life.
David Wimsatt (Engineer Fritz), was a key player in the production of this video. David has been collecting obsolete intruments for some time and since I’ve known him has had a collection that when laid out, looks like a pirate radio station.
I had the idea to put all these tech treasures to work as our set and we were off and running. We chose Gregor Mortis’ spacious loft as our set where we begain a month long construction.
During this time Brant Mccrea began designing and sculpting the alien creature which would take two months to complete for mere seconds of screen time. The creature turned out great in function and appearance and served as a major exclamation point on the already action packed video.
We were lucky to get the same camera and grip team from Restoration and the first Moth video, securing the talents of Marcel Morin, Killian Blount, and Kevin Osterhaut.
I’d be remiss to not mention our Special Effects Makeup Artist, Cat Bernier. Cat came in from her home in Tennessee to join us and bless the video with some pretty brutal gore.
One of my favorite moments that would normally be over looked is another genius touch by David Wimsatt it involves the oscilloscope and is best told by him. He writes:
“I used the proposition of this video to justify the purchase of a couple of old Tektronix oscilloscopes — a must for any respectable mad scientist’s laboratory. Because I am merely a science enthusiast, and not an actual scientist, I wasn’t quite sure what kind of signal could [safely] be used to drive the ‘scopes; so I did what anyone in my situation would do: enlisted the counsel of an electrical engineer. He suggested I explore drawing Lissajous figures using two sine waves by way of audio signals. Yes, audio signals are safe and effective inputs to drive an oscilloscope! In the process of researching the display of audio signals I discovered Rabiscoscopio, an ingenious piece of software which would translate a 2-dimensional line drawing into a stereo pair of audio signals which, when mapped to the X and Y axes, would result in said line drawing being rendered on the oscilloscope display! I wasn’t immediately successful using the software, but Alex (the author) was kind enough to translate the Atlas Moth logo into audio signals for us just in time for the shoot…”
Thank you, David. Might I add that all the projections were live in the space as we shot. No images were artificially comped in on screen except for the green electricity.
We were lucky to have everyone’s participation on this one and after all the hard prep it felt like a big room of friends having a good time.
I can’t wait and hope to complete the trilogy of Atlas Moth videos one day.