As film makes a resurgence as a medium, music, too, responds with optical, chemical halos. Bibio’s music, sounding acoustically as if wrapped in a layer of warm gauze, was already partially cinematic. His new album for Warp, “Mind Bokeh,” is more tuneful and poppy, but as the name implies, it also draws directly from visual inspiration. It’s so visual, in fact – and the optical creations so central – that I think it belongs more here than even on our sister site.

For the new record, the multi-instrumentalist and producer, aka Stephen James Wilkinson, takes a photographic technique and spins an album out of it. Even hipster-friendly film photo outfit Lomography gets in on the action:

Bibio x Lomography: The Bokeh Project

And the artist writes up a tip on how to get the effect on film (that’s film, kids – yes, I wish the Lomographic Institute would stop describing the chemical process of film as “analog”):
Learn bokeh with Bibio

It’s all worth mentioning here as I find the visual production really quite evocative. The music video (below) is good, colorful fun, packed to the brim with optical effects of the sort popular in audiovisual theatrical productions from decades past. For some reason, Warp hasn’t seen fit to share the production credits; I’ll try to get them.

But oddly, I think I’m more impressed with the spare, bokeh-driven effects of the sampler video. (top) It’s the work of Bibio himself (as may be the other video, actually, given the lack of credit). Wilkinson, like the American Tycho, is visual artist as well as musical.

See also Mr. Wilkinson’s video for “Mr. & Mrs. Compost,” assembled from found film.

More information on the record, plus free track download:

Other film-influenced music and motion? Let us know.

  • FreakWithoutACause

    I've got a link to an awesome-creepy-music video featuring cat zombies. Rue Morgue magazine (which specializes in horror) had a blurb about it. It's called "Meow" & has had nearly 2 million views on YouTube. I have no connection to them & know nothing about the makers of this flash animation & its dub-steppy soundtrack.
    P.S. Enjoyed the 'old school' effects that only film can give. Makes me feel old, though, when 8mm found footage looks fresh.

  • karl

    Lovely, perfect stuff for a sunny easter day. I'm really interested in the concept of composing to motion. Here's a little video walkthrough of a project I'm collaborating with some filmmakers. Writing music to dance, capturing natural grooves.&nbsp ;

  • BellectroniQ

    HUUUUUUGE thanks for putting me onto Bibio.

    Downloaded the album today after checking him out on here and have been happy ever since :)

  • James Lemin