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These three music videos are a lot of fun, and you should watch them now!

Welcome guest—I’d like to start you off with Flicker by Porter Robinson from his album Worlds. What starts out as a seemingly normal view from a train passing through Japan quickly evolves into an augmented reality of psychedelic digital reality overlaid on top of an otherwise mundane view of the countryside, residential neighborhoods, and

cityscapes. I might call this Anime Electronica. The digital music accompanies flying dragons, crazy-colored skies, explosions, color-shifting rivers, and geometric spheres destroying houses with lasers, all rendered in a delightful 80s-style digital aesthetic. The

music is high energy, fun, and fits this acid-trip of a video perfectly. Directed by Adam Goodall, produced by Targa Sahyoun, with VFX by Adam Petke @ Coyote Post.

The second video is Earth by Dream Koala (from his 2014 EP Earth. Home. Destroyed.) which follows the voyage of a lone space traveler from an unknown location in space, through our solar system, to ultimately crash land on Earth. The video was directed by FABULOUS (Adrien Peze and Albin Merle) and created by Les Gentils Garçons. Beautiful visuals show the astronaut (Dream Koala) in the interior of the ship, suited up, and bpeering into the rainbow-lit aurora of what might be the way ahead as seen from a faster-than-light velocity or possibly just really cool light effects. The ship follows a winding trajectory, threading its way through Saturn’s rings, past the ISS, and through Earth’s atmosphere. Juxtaposed against the space images are environmental symbols: oil derricks, power lines, and open pit mines. Yet the music and lyrics are never preachy.

Lyrics:

Have you ever seen the lights
Of a thousand exploding suns?
Kingdoms and cathedrals under the ocean
Because no god can save us from ourselves
No god can save me from myself
So I will remember the earth as it was
And let my dead body floating in space
When my time will come
We can’t escape from here
Our time has come
As we see the world collapsing so close from the end
Our time has come

cThe music blends well with this unexplained journey, but the video never explains why the traveler is going to Earth or what happens on arrival. Does he survive? From the lyrics, maybe not, but I can empathize with his perspective. More and more, human civilization seems to me like it’s on autopilot regardless of our best efforts to steer away from danger.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with Easy by Mat Zo & Porter Robinson (taken from Mat Zo’s new album Damage Control). Another anime-inspired music video, this one follows a young starlet dissatisfied with her media-saturated life. Naturally, she abandons her

mega-scraper pad via Akira-style motorcycle, but not before triggering  a device that explodes releasing  an expanding sphere of Wankershim-like alternate reality through which our young heroine finally arrives in the peaceful dreamscape she’s been wanting. The music has almost an inspirational vibe–this is a nice video to watch if you need cheering up. Directed by: Louis & McCourt, studio: The Line, production Company: Bullion Productions.

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Turbo Killer is a science fiction music video written and directed by Seth Ickerman and produced by Carpenter Brut and (if I have this right) No Quarter Prod(uctions?). The music is by Carpenter Brut. I tweeted about this video not long ago, but as I’ve kept watching it and thinking about it, I decided to jot down some of the thoughts buzzing around in my skull. TK_8

[Spoiler alert!] The video starts with a cross-shaped spaceship approaching Earth. Inside the ship are two passengers, a woman who I’ll call Corvette girl for reasons to be revealed shortly (played by Noémie Stevens), and a mysterious hero wearing a gas mask and cloak 1(Guillaume Faure). The video cuts to the villain, played by Marc-Antoine Frédéric, watching another woman, who I’ll call Pyramid-Dancer Girl (Joëlle Berckmans), whom he holds captive in a force pyramid. The villain triggers a purple gas inside the pyramid which corrupts/contaminates/stimulates Pyramid-Dancer Girl who begins dancing in a fairly provocative way (the villain seems to appreciate this, and perhaps this is what he was after to begin with- he even creepily nods to the beat at one point).

At this point, I should mention that Corvette girl and Pyramid-Dancer girl both have glowing, upside-down crosses etched on their foreheads. Once exposed to the gas, Pyramid-Dancer Girl’s cross goes dark (not a good sign, right?). This seems important, although I haven’t figured out its full significance other than being similar to the aforementioned cross-shaped ship. TK_6Meanwhile, as the villain gloats, the hero and Corvette girl bond/merge so that the hero is now driving a Corvette that somehow is Corvette girl such that he steers by holding her hands and jerking her in the desired direction. After driving (and somehow soaring over) the villain, despite his blasting them with a shotgun, the hero and Corvette girl rescue Pyramid-Dancer girl by driving through her. They then continue driving towards the ship with the villain and his henchmen in hot pursuit all driving various sports cars.

Pyramid-Dancer girl is now inside the Corvette with our gas-mask wearing hero. They drive off a cliff, as do the villain and henchmen, all landing while still driving inside the ship. As the ship begins to ascend, the villain tries to ram the Corvette, but it evades him and is absorbed into the ship’s rose-heart interior. The henchmTK_7ens’ cars are peeled off of the ship, succumbing to gravity. Pyramid-Dancer girl seems to replace Corvette girl at this point, then she collapses into the hero’s arms, apparently unconscious but presumed safe. The villain’s car falls off and plunges back towards Earth from space (he is not presumed safe since his Lamborghini Countach is probably not designed for atmospheric  re-entry). The video concludes with the hero carrying Pyramid-Dancer girl into the ship’s glowing heart as the ship itself departs from Earth into a glowing, rose-like energy distortion.

Now that I’ve summarized the plot, I’d like to make some random observations:

  • The ship has a rose-shaped, chapel-like “heart” chamber which contains crimson, phallic (or possibly vaginal?), organ-like, moving structures in the background while the hero and Corvette girl are somehow simultaneously there holding hands and also on Earth driving and being a Corvette, respectively. Coupled with the ship’s interior, the hero’s driving of Corvette girl seems to hint of sexual symbolism. Do you agree?
  • This also begs the question: does a 1970s Corvette require a sentient being aside from the driver to operate? No, so perhaps Corvette girl really is the Corvette projected materially onto Earth’s surface by the ship.
  • Why project a Corvette so far from where the villain and Pyramid-Dancer girl are located? The ship itself can be seen in the distance settling to Earth’s surface in the direction the Corvette is driving and much closer to Pyramid-Dancer girl. My guess is this probably allows for cool driving shots through which we learn how the hero “drives” Corvette girl and get to see the Corvette driving furiously with a fiery wake and awesome music.3
  • Why is the villain able to imprison Pyramid-Dancer girl in a force pyramid, but his only weapon is a shotgun? Is the purple gas “sexy gas”?
  • Who is Pyramid-Dancer girl? A captured ship spirit/AI? The hero’s girlfriend? His daughter? And why does she try to wrench the steering wheel away from the hero at one point? Maybe she’s really his escaped dancer slave (sort of a Jabba-Princess Leia thing).
  • I assumed the hero was male, but perhaps not. Being completely masked and cloaked, as he/she/it is, the hero could be a woman, android, or even an alien for all I know.
  • What is the moral of the story? Don’t date unshaven Earth men with aggressive driving habits? That good will prevail over evil? That Christianity (or its upside-down cosmic religion equivalent) is best practiced while exceeding the speed limit and entering orbit?

These questions will probably remain unanswered, but that’s okay. More importantly, will there be a sequel? A full length theatrical feature? No matter what happens next, this is my kind of scifi sexy crazy! More please.