Edited between February and March, 2020.

A fan music video featuring The District Sleeps Alone Tonight and Such Great Heights by The Postal Service.

Put together using GraphicsGale, Premiere Pro, and p5js.

I began this project as a pitch for an art class. I had a hard time putting on paper what this project was going to look like or what the story of it was. Still, in my mind I know I had a clear vision of what I wanted to create. This is nothing new, I often work on concepts purely through visual means and work on the spot. However, because this is such a large scale project (10 songs, 10 music videos and around 50 minutes of content), I had no choice but to plan this out before I dove in. I made a brainstorm sheet, and I came up with concepts and crude drawings for each song. Eventually I came up with a love story between two AI programs that live on a computer that sits in an apocalyptic wasteland. There was no particular inspiration for such a story, rather the music itself kind of told me this story should be about love persisting in the digital age, as the world around sort of crumbles, and I thought that was something very beautiful. Then I segmented the story according to the songs and wrote a script. It was a very meticulous process, since I listened to each song over and over again, and marked down a specific visual for a segment of around a few seconds. Once that was done, I story-boarded the whole thing, which also took a while. The plan was to have the whole project done in the span of 3 months, which is how long a class quarter usually lasts. However, it soon became apparent that this was utterly impossible. So what I was able to finish were the first two songs, and it is what you see in this video. I had so many good plans for the rest of the album that I’m still itching to come back to this project and finish it. The Postal Service is quite a unique band. Despite having only released one album back in the early 2000s, their music shaped how the indie scene would sound like moving forward. And come on, whose heart doesn’t flutter when they hear the words:

“I am thinking it’s a sign
That the freckles in our eyes
Are mirror images
And when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned”
The whole album has a cheesy, sweet, joyful and blissful vibe to it, I was entranced by it when I first listened to it. Therefore, this project holds a special place for me, and I would like to come back to it… soon.

No copyright intended, just part of a passion project I worked on early 2020. It’s a work in progress, but figured I should post what I have so far.