ELECTRIFIED

A LIFE IN SOUND - THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF BORIS BLANK

Electrified

ELECTRIFIED is a collection of 40 tracks, collected from over five decades' worth of unreleased material. Over 2 hours of instrumental tracks from 1977-2014 on 2CDs. The deluxe edition of 'Electrified' also comes with a DVD of equally mesmerising and awe-inspiring videos and a 48 pages booklet.

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01. ONE MINUTE TO GO

Director : BORIS BLANK
This is the first video I made for ‚ELECTRIFIED'. I found this beautiful footage with the camera skimming across the waves and immediately thought of One Minute To Go. In the sky, I built the swirling clouds from tiny pieces of phosphorus burning on water (I shot this at the Technorama Science Center in Winterthur). Once these ideas were in place, the rest flowed really quickly.

02. THE TIME TUNNEL

Director : DIRK KOY
It was providence to find Dirk Koy. His imagination and attention to detail are perfect for The Time Tunnel. For the video, he attached two Go-Pro cameras to a car wheel and then experimented with different speeds to get the intense mesmerising effect. The editing is also brilliant, specially in part two when the hub-caps take over.

03. PACIFIC LIGHT

Director : RUSLAN KHASANOV
This was quite a surprise. Ruslan is a visual alchemist based in Ekaterina Russia. He works with oil, water, paint and a macro lens and seems to bring paint to life. Here, he made live animations to the music and then edited it all together. Pacific Light won the VIMEO ‚Staff Pick' in July 2013.

04. ELECTRIFIED

Director : KEVIN BLANC
The motion designer behind ‚Touch Yello' and the master of film noir, Kevin Blanc made a miniature masterpiece for the song ‚ELECTRIFIED'. It really intensifies the music. For me, it's a highlight of the DVD.

05. ANCORE

Director : KEVIN BLANC
It's incredible what Kevin produced from static black and white images. The twilight drama of light and shadow is reminiscent of classic noir : Dark City, Rumblefish and Alfred Hitchcock.

06. BIG CITY GRILL

Director : DIETER MEIER
One of Dieter's experimental films from 1974 was titled ‚81,000 Units'. It was based on a revolutionary technique of editing within the camera to produce thousands of jump-cuts. It was perfect for Big City Grill. Along with Daniel Cherbuin, I re-edited the film.

07. FUTURE PAST

Director : BORIS BLANK
If this has the feel of a classic 80s Yello video, it's because it is! Image fragments from ‚Oh Yeah' are rebuilt with new film loops. This is my second video excursion.

08. THE BRIDGE

Director : DANIEL CHERBUIN
Mind games from Daniel. A surreal night-time journey that departs from the city and heads for the bridge. The double-exposed film hints at another story. Who's driving, who's watching?

09. FAT ROLLER

Director : DANIEL CHERBUIN
The big band era with more than a touch of Reefer Madness.

10. ANCIENT DESIRE

Director : DIRK KOY
On a planet far far away. Dirk's evolving nature is curiously hypnotic.

11. LOST LANGUAGE

Director : DANIEL CHERBUIN
Into battle with archive footage from the Punic Wars.

12. K2

Director : MARC SCHIPPERT
The enigmatic Marc Schippert shot all of these images himself. It's a haunting subterrean world that leaves a lot to the imagination.