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Scenic Studio launches Kickstarter drive, debuts Shigeto MP3

August 24, 2011 |  4:30 pm

The Icelandic Desert 

Scenic Studio, a Chicago-based artist collective loosely affiliated with Alpha Pup, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to "create improvised, collaborative short films on a journey through the remote countryside of Iceland." Over the last several years, Scenic have created some of the more memorable videos from the Low End Theory world, including Take's "Begin End Begin," Jon Hopkins' remix of Nosaj Thing's "Us" and Dibiase's "Skullcrack."

At the moment, the crew has raised roughly $25,000 of its $45,000 goal. The subject of the films is the Icelandic landscape as viewed through the lenses of two photographers, L.A.-based Tim Navis and Danish shutterbug Kim Holtermand. Angeleno musician Deru is putting together the score. If Scenic hits its goal, the endeavor will produce a limited-edition physical release CD/DVD/book, a digital release and poster prints. All proceeds will be go to Icelandic nature conservation groups.

Download: (Pop & Hiss premiere)
MP3:Shigeto -- "Vaast_Outliers-Iceland"

MP3: Deru -- "Outliers Volume 1"

The film will also include a soundtrack featuring tracks exclusive to the film, including music from Shigeto (Ghostly International), Loscil (Kranky), Goldmund (Unseen), Asura (NonProjects/Leaving Records), Tycho (ISO50/Ghostly International), Joby Talbot, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Take (Alpha Pup), Thomas Knak/Opiate (co-producer of Björk's Vespertine), Heathered Pearls, Eskmo (Ninja Tune/Warp), Son Lux (Anticon).

Like most Kickstarter campaigns, a full list of what you'll get for donating can be found at Scenic's page.  In the interim, download the exclusive Shigeto track "Vaast Outliers-Iceland," which sounds like you'd expect for something Iceland-related: gauzy, sparse and chilly.


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-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Icelandic desert; Credit: Scenic Collective