Strobe is a music video commissioned by The Brass Project for a musical piece written by Gabriella Smith.
Buried brass parts are emerging from tempests and are passing through natural elements before being assembled together and illuminated by lights. This video can be seen as a metaphorical visual story, an allegory for creation, where ideas are embodied by the trumpet. Ideas, sometimes starting from blurred hazy representations or deep thoughts, have to be manipulated the correct way to create a spark before being associated with the right tools to become real.
On a more personal and technical level, it was both an honor and a challenge to work on such a contemporary classical piece for an amazing brass ensemble. The pre-production process was a bit different because of the structure of the piece with its breaks and climaxes but it was very inspirational.
Red curtains, smoke, particles, fire in slow motion, trumpets… the leading visual inspirations for this video are the works of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti, which never cease to amaze me.


Music video / Videoart – 4’24 min
Genre : Contemporary classical music / Chamber music
Technique : Video / Slow motion / Motion control
Client : The Brass Project (USA)
Director : Christophe Thockler (photography – editing – post production)
Music : Strobe, performed by The Brass Project, written by Gabriella Smith

Christophe Thockler

Freelance director & graphic designer collaborating with all kinds of companies for their needs, I create still and moving images for print, web and television.


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