David Aufdembrinke Condenses Six-week Journey Across India Into Four-minute Music Video

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Music: German director David Aufdembrinke produced the video for Alban Endlos’ solo debut by transferring documentary footage from India onto an previous video tape and manipulating it making use of magnets.

Aufdembrinke, also identified as DAV.ID, recorded ten hrs of digital video footage and took twelve,000 timelapse pictures to make the video for Umda.

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He lower with each other the footage from the 6 week journey into a procession of swiftly altering photos, and then transferred the results onto VHS video film for added distortion.

The song is the very first release from Goldene Welt, the debut solo album by Hamburg-based electronic artist Alban Endlos.

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Endlos and Aufdembrinke were previously close friends, and the pair desired to develop an idea that would be low-cost to make but supply adequate impact to be observed on the web.


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“I located out that Umda – a title he chose just for it really is phonetic sound – was in fact a Hindi word which means outstanding. I always needed to travel through India, and therefore the idea was born,” explained Aufdembrinke.

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“I knew from the start I wouldn’t be capable to stage something, so I came up with some visual ideas that I could execute in a documentary-fashion of shooting.”

The ad-hoc nature of filming while travelling meant that a good deal of the shots would have to be steadied in publish-manufacturing, and the images may well get rid of some of their high quality. Aufdembrinke made the decision to make a characteristic of this and investigate how the footage may look when recorded onto a video tape, with the particles of the movie then manipulated by hand utilizing magnets. This approach would establish the final colours and visual results.

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“I had just found my previous VHS-recorder in my mother’s basement and was searching for a way to apply it to a task,” he explained. “But to be honest, I had no clue how this video would operate out.”

To maintain his baggage light, Aufdembrinke assembled a minimum camera kit that included a Sony A7, 3 old Nikon lenses and a single tripod. The relatively low value of the kit also allowed him to get risks with shooting that he would have otherwise averted, like attaching the camera to the end of a two-metre-lengthy stick for filming out of the window of a moving train.

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“The guide Nikons connected to the classically-created camera physique gave the impression of an analog photograph camera, which was a wonderful disguise,” stated Aufdembrinke. “Folks react differently if they feel you’re photographing them than if they know you are filming them.”

The journey began in New Dehli, taking in Manali, Ladakh in the Himalayas, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Varanasi, Chennai, Quroville, Munnar and Kochi. Most of the shots had been unplanned.

The footage was assembled with match cuts – putting with each other shots in which the end of 1 and the starting of the up coming have been graphically related.

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Aufdembrinke edited the images using Adobe Premiere, with the clips transferred into movie processing programme Right after Effects using a piece of software program referred to as Dynamic Link and then transferred back after they had been handled.

He utilised a stabilisation technique he had developed for steadying hyperlapse footage as part of an earlier venture.

“I produced the first thirty seconds as a test, involving the creation of the ‘Umda’ brand that I painted by hand, animated in After Effects and then exported into an eight-colour gif animation that fitted the visual design of what I had experienced in India,” he stated.

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The pace of the altering scenes was inspired by quick-paced cartoons he had watched with his godchild.

“I experimented with to see if I could guide the viewer’s interest by displaying shots so quick you can perceive but not recognize them completely when watching them the 1st time. I called the approach Include-editing,” he explained.

“Inspired by the disregard of pixel resolutions I had witnessed in Indian patterns and movies, I also allowed myself to use every single impact I could uncover in the editing suite, but no other submit effects. This meant I could scale the digital zoom up to 600 per cent – the limit in Premiere – and reframe a whole lot of the shots that wouldn’t have matched otherwise.”

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The resulting edit was then recorded onto previous video tapes, with extra effects produced by cutting up a single tape, and working magnets across the surface of the other. These distortions had been the only colour modifications applied to the film.

“I utilized two tapes and two strengths of magnets for the procedure, opened the tape and began to experiment,” explained the director.

“I had one copy, which I would minimize, crumble and paste to see if the effect was what I needed and the tape was still doing work afterwards, and 1 master-tape on which I utilized the effects soon after the profitable testing.”

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The ultimate tape effects were recorded back into digital to make the ultimate higher-resolution video. This process created some sudden effects.

“‘Errors’ appeared, like the hi-fi symbol currently being superimposed on the display right after a larger magnetic distortion,” said Aufdembrinke. “This was for me a striking comment on the image of the children actually living in the tube behind them.”

“It summed up the complete notion. Seeking at the visual good quality-regular all around the world wide web these days this VHS-appear almost certainly was to be deemed ‘shitty’ by several viewers,” he added. “However my 20-yr-old VHS-recorder was nevertheless fairly hi-fi in contrast to what the children in the picture had. Even now these children laughed more than most folks with a number of flat screens and Blue-Ray-players do around here.”

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