Wellington musician Grayson Gilmour's output at times rivals artists thrice his age and now the acclaimed film/TV composer, NZMA-nominated solo musician and member of cult post-hardcore group So So Modern returns with his latest single - Hundred Waters
Two years on from his last solo release, Infinite Life!, Hundred Waters is the first glimpse of his upcoming new record, titled Otherness and the gentle dancefloor shuffle of the track is well complimented by the 360° video / spatial audio, directed by Parallel Teeth.
Sound exciting? It does - and looks pretty damn thrilling too. Glitching synths keep company with colourful abstracts featuring Parallel Teeth’s manipulations of the LP artwork (painted by internet art-phenomenon and previous GG collaborator Henrietta Harris). Viewers can travel through both audio and video, dictating the audio balance and visual dynamic.
“I’m a bit of a contradiction in the sense that I'm fascinated by technology that is old, analogy and clumsy, while at the same time being intrigued by all kinds of tech developments going on right now”, says Gilmour. “I'd seen a small 360° clip that Rob (Parallel Teeth) had animated, thought it'd be a great experiment for a music video -- a chance to engage with people in a new and different way.”
The song is well-served by this expansion, crystalline vocals and fizzing bass synths given the attention they deserve in the spatial audio; as Gilmour repeats the line “open up”, it’s a rallying mantra to listeners and creators alike to reach further, expand; dive in. Prepare to get wet with the 360° video / spatial audio experience that is Hundred Waters.