The legendary drum and bass player Squarepusher, the Warp record label mate of fellow electronic music legend Aphex Twin, is back with his fifteenth album called Be Up a Hello which will be released on February. 1.
To start the launch, the artist has just released an amazing new video clip for the song "Terminal Slam" and the star of the audiovisual attack is augmented reality.
The scene is Tokyo, Japan, in particular the famous intersection of Shibuya. There we see a woman take off a pair of (fictional) AR glasses. It is at that moment that the camera image switches to the first person and we see how the AR smart glasses transform her image of the dense, neon-layered mega city.
But the video is not the result of a new video artist jumping on the immersive computer bandwagon. Instead, it was directed by Japanese director Daito Manabe, who has been experimenting with AR, VR, photogrammetry, body-tracking and various forms of data visualization for more than ten years.
Manabe, co-founder of Japan-based tech-meets-art production company Rhizomatiks, has also collaborated with Bjork for her live-streamed VR performance, and music group Perfume, who performed live with motion capture to let the group communicate with a 3D graphic immersive stage floor and background.
His latest work frames Squarepusher & # 39; s musical attack with a kaleidoscope of images that appear to be examples of machine learning-driven object and image recognition, background segmentation and motion tracking.
Later, as he travels through the streets of Ebisu, the video gets even more realistic when characters and buildings are converted into 3D waveforms that pulsate with the music.
In some ways the video is reminiscent of Keiichi Matsuda "Hyper Reality" video, but instead of a cinematographic science fiction representation of AR, the video of Manabe is much more like the current and near reality of AR in the practice, full of glitches, ephemeral data paths and tracking artifacts.
The look could be due to Manabe who uses real AR tools to create the video, but we cannot confirm exactly how the video was produced. Yet, like the aforementioned video, "Terminal Slam" sketches a somewhat darker vision of AR smart glasses. But instead of an attack by a virtual advertiser, it looks like what an AR-laced city might look like if you had set your AR ad unit setting to: ON.
In that context, AR ads suddenly don't look so bad anymore. Nevertheless, the video from Manabe is a wonderful vision of our AR smartglasses in the future.