Radiohead have reworked and amalgamated two tracks from their ‘AMNESIAC’ album for a specially commissioned video, which has been produced by the company behind Aphex Twin‘s ‘WINDOWLICKER’ and Bjork‘s ‘ALL IS FULL OF LOVE’, NME.COM can reveal.
The short film to accompany the combined version of ‘Pull/Pulk Revolving Doors’ and ‘Like Spinning Plates’ was unveiled last night (November 29) as the highlight of the inaugural Projectors Animation Festival held at the Centre For Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.
It was introduced by Susie Wilson of Picture On The Wall, the Glasgow animation company who provided the computer graphics which are a key element of the film.
As ‘Pull/Pulk Revolving Doors’ – backed with images of killer whales swimming in darkness under UV light and sinister, barely-visible figures – segues into Like Spinning Plates’, the images grow increasingly strange. A bizarre computer-generated image shows a machine taking shape, with conjoined twins, linked at the waist, spinning at high speed in what appears to be a centrifuge. It culminates with the crying infants’ torsos ballooning and their ribs, made of blue-patterned china, emerging through their chests.
The film, which took four months to make, was directed by relative newcomer Johnny Hardstaff for Black Dog. Hardstaff’s work to date has included films for PlayStation and Freestylers, while Black Dog’s credits include Aphex Twin, Bjork and Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’.
There had been some doubt over whether or not Picture On The Wall would be allowed to screen the video, but they were given the green light by Radiohead and their label at the eleventh hour. However, all did not go smoothly, with a fire alarm interrupting the screening forcing the venue to be evacuated. It was resumed after the fire brigade gave the all-clear.
At press time, it was unclear when or if the film will be made available for general public consumption.