It is made by the Copenhagen-based music video company Tarfilm, which has been going through countless hours of video archive material on Archive.org to gather fitting source material for the video.
The source material has then been cut into small clips, digitally improved and then pieced together in a visual composition fitting closely with the track. Tarfilm describes their thoughts behind the video like this: From the onset we decided to avoid incorporating a storyline as such, while still evoking tension and creating dramatic highlights, thereby keeping the emphasis on the music and try to contribute to its atmosphere through a flow of visual aesthetics and themes.
Tarfilm is Jesper Roland and Kasper Møller Jensen, whom I both know from Aarhus University, where they got a degree in Film & Media. They have followed my music work closely, so when they recently moved to Copenhagen and set up a music video company, they were an obvious choice for the task of visually representing Periskop.
Very little communication between us was needed during the production of the video, and yet the result is completely satisfactory. In my opinion they have made a perfectly fitting visualization of the drama of the track while keeping very close to the core of the visual Periskop aesthetics.
No doubt this video works on a visceral level, and in this sense neatly contrasts the digital analysis-based Motorsaw video for 1 A. V (with Emil Brahe), which was released in February 2013.
More still photos from the Tarfilm video in the gallery.
Complete list of source material used:
Radar Secrets – http://archive.org/details/0436_Radar_Secrets_01_20_16_00
Home Movie: 11068: Winter and Spring Waterfront – http://archive.org/details/HMWinterandSpringW11068
Cameraman Risks Life To Film ‘Sub’ In Striking Speed Tests, 1933/10/18 – http://archive.org/details/1933-10-18_Cameraman_Risks_Life_in_Sub
1942-09-xx – Descheg-Monatsschau Nr. 07 (old) – http://archive.org/details/1942-09-xx-Descheg-Monatsschau-Nr.07
A-Sub Epic. Nautilus Pioneers North Pole Seaway, 1958/08/11 – http://archive.org/details/1958-08-11_A-Sub_Epic
At Sea, 1959/04/13 – http://archive.org/details/1959-04-13_At_Sea
Discovery of Antarctica – http://archive.org/details/Antonwithagen-DiscoveryOfAntartica537
ZWEITER WELTKRIEG: Entscheidende Schlachten im Pazifik – http://archive.org/details/DerKriegImPazifikVonPearlHarbourBisOkinawa
U.S. MARINES ON GUADALCANAL PUSH BACK JAPANESE TROOPS [ETC.] – http://archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.38932
U.S. FORCES BLAST JAPANESE FROM ATTU [ETC.] – http://archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.38960
A GERMAN IS TRIED FOR MURDER [ETC.] – http://archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.39086
SEABEES. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY. BUREAU OF YARDS AND DOCKS – http://archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.40139
FOX-MOVIETONE NEWSREEL EXCERPTS 4 – http://archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.89122
MSTS ARCTIC OPERATIONS, 1955 – http://archive.org/details/gov.dod.dimoc.24305
MSTS ARCTIC OPERATIONS – 1956 – http://archive.org/details/gov.dod.dimoc.24380
HOME FROM THE SEA – http://archive.org/details/gov.dod.dimoc.25432
Manhattan Waterfront – http://archive.org/details/ManhattanWat
Miracle on the Delaware – http://archive.org/details/Miracleo1955
Submarine and Submarine Models Above Surface – http://archive.org/details/PET1165_R-1_A
History of the Submarine – http://archive.org/details/subhist
U-67 – http://archive.org/details/U-67-TheSeaGhost
Venice of the North – http://archive.org/details/venice_of_the_north
ZWEITER WELTKRIEG IN FARBE: Flammendes Inferno – http://archive.org/details/ZweiterWeltkriegInFarbeFlammendesInferno