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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:17 am    Post subject: Melissa Olson - Short Article from Res Reply with quote

Picked up the latest issue of Res for the Michel Gondry cover/interview. Inside there was a short article about the Dayvan Cowboy video..

"SKY'S THE LIMIT"

For the first "official" video of their decade-long career, brothers Mike and Marcus Sandison of Boards of Canada decided to pass on a name director to tap an old friend, artist Melissa Olson, whose Google ranking has certainly risen since the release of her promo for the duo's epic "Dayvan Cowboy". Like anything that carries the BoC seal, rumors arose before the video was even released, with blogs questioning the little-known Olson's actual existence. "I certainly hope I'm a real person," Olson e-mails from her home in rural Germany. "Otherwise I'm going to wake up very disappointed one of these mornings." But what might seem like a dig at the green director could also be considered an accolade from satisfied fans - the video's simple assemblage of stock footage looks, and more importantly feels, like the work of the boys themselves.

Olson admits the video was done "very simply and in a fairly short amount of time with minimal technological knowledge," but "Dayvan Cowboy" is surprisingly powerful. The promo opens with grainy NASA footage documenting Joseph Kittinger's astonishing Project Excelsior high-altitude parachute jumps during the late '50s and early '60s. "It sprung from the fire of us all being familiar with the NASA footage, and very fond of it," says Olson, who wove Kittinger's incomprehensible fall to Earth with stunning footage of another impossible-to-believe feat - Laird Hamilton's perfect ride of a giant wave at Teahupoo, Fiji. The two halves balance in tenuous harmony, and while both acts are undoubtedly majestic and serenely organic, our awareness that disaster can strike at any moment creates an underlying dread. Could there possibly be a more perfect visual metaphor for Boards of Canada's music?

But after themes are deconstructed and technique is exposed, the inevitable question remains - what, if anything, might Olson and the Sandisons have hidden in these thousands of frames of stock footage? "This is something I would rather leave to mystery, I think," Olson says coyly. "But you know how they can be." Yes, we do. And now we'll be up all night examining "Dayvan Cowboy," frame by fram, until we get some answers.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:29 am    Post subject: Re: Melissa Olson - Short Article from Res Reply with quote

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The two halves balance in tenuous harmony, and while both acts are undoubtedly majestic and serenely organic, our awareness that disaster can strike at any moment creates an underlying dread. Could there possibly be a more perfect visual metaphor for Boards of Canada's music?


Excellent article!
I think this is the best description I've heard about the video. Certainly after all the crap said in this forum about the video not being BOC enough.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

. i just thought the surfing part was gay. i like the video now. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

isawdrones wrote:
. i just thought the surfing part was gay.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that sounds so ignorant, haha but that how i felt " i aint gonna lie"
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. i just thought the surfing part was gay. i like the video now. :lol:


i read somewhere that a lot of surfers are, in fact, heterosexual.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also read somewhere that the population of african elephants has in fact tripled in the past six months.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. i just thought the surfing part was gay. i like the video now. Laughing


Phh... I thought the surfing part was straight.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i read somewhere that a lot of surfers are, in fact, heterosexual.


Get out of town!

j/k of course..

Anyway.. about that video.. I have to say (and others at the office can attest to this), that I *really* didn't like the Dayvan video when I first saw it. Of course, like many, the first viewing was on a computer screen, which I believe was a severe disservice to the song and video itself. Shame that it had to be unveiled that way.

It wasn't until I got the DVD and loaded it up on my gigantor HDTV that I succumbed to its majesty. It was only then, that I noticed the oddly shaped "hexagonal" lens-flares that had to have been added in post-process during Kittinger's freefall segment.

Myself via Res wrote:
our awareness that disaster can strike at any moment creates an underlying dread.

I'm not sure if I can buy into that, having seen those pieces of footage on numerous occasions. I don't believe there's any dread to be had, instead both pieces seem to live in the adventurous unknown, both are of an exploratory nature (but one could argue that the nature of exploration itself is giving into the possibility of dire circumstance). Perhaps I'm naive, but dread and disaster were the last things on my mind when viewing.

However, if you take the above in context with BoC's catalog, then yes, it's true (in my opinion). It's that repetitious uneasiness that permeates their music. "Something bad is just around the corner.. oh yes and it comes from your childhood." Of course they supplement those moments with songs of quiet calm, otherwise the dread wouldn't be as dramatic.

Anyway..

I could go into my whole theory how the video is a subtext to the foundational beliefs of scientology, but christ (or Xenu have you), it's just a theory.. and music.. right? God-like being from the stars comes crashing into the ocean, planting the seed that will become "man"? Gives credence to the whole scientology background of ISB and some connection there. Or at least BoC's fascination with cults.

Anyway x2..

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, interesting piece. Confirmation, too, that it was definately Laird Hamilton.

Speaking of the video... Given that it was a limited promo that is no longer available, I don't think they would mind too much if someone made a high-quality rip of the DVD version. The downloadable copies were pretty good quality, but I feel like I'm missing out on the full hexagonal glory...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good review about the video, better late than never. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i really enjoyed that. thanks brotha. i have always thought that video had perfect harmony. with the surf and sky footage. did it have any pictures or anything?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Other wrote:
i really enjoyed that. thanks brotha. i have always thought that video had perfect harmony. with the surf and sky footage. did it have any pictures or anything?


Just one shot of Kittinger and one of Hamilton (both from the video).
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The Other wrote:
i really enjoyed that. thanks brotha. i have always thought that video had perfect harmony. with the surf and sky footage. did it have any pictures or anything?


Just one shot of Kittinger and one of Hamilton (both from the video).


AHH well...was hoping for some treasures...still a good article..
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moebius wrote:
Speaking of the video... Given that it was a limited promo that is no longer available, I don't think they would mind too much if someone made a high-quality rip of the DVD version. The downloadable copies were pretty good quality, but I feel like I'm missing out on the full hexagonal glory...

That would be sweet!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for that Very Happy

wwbjd: great post. I always get that larger than life feeeling from that video and that the video is a great metaphor of something..I feel your description and it would be nice to hear what everyone thinks and have each and everyone give their description on how they interpret the vid.

I feel that its a video about being free, exploring, adventure, life and harmony.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for typing that up and posting it for us.
greatly appreciated.

at least we have the answer to one of our many questions.
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Goiter Sanchez wrote:
isawdrones wrote:
. i just thought the surfing part was gay. i like the video now. Laughing


Phh... I thought the surfing part was straight.

lol. i mean gay in the sense that stupid american kids like me use it.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissa Olson - Short Article from Res Reply with quote

nny wrote:
wwbjd wrote:
The two halves balance in tenuous harmony, and while both acts are undoubtedly majestic and serenely organic, our awareness that disaster can strike at any moment creates an underlying dread. Could there possibly be a more perfect visual metaphor for Boards of Canada's music?


Excellent article!
I think this is the best description I've heard about the video. Certainly after all the crap said in this forum about the video not being BOC enough.
Eat that!
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FOr the record, I've always loved the video, Eat that, ah, too!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wwbjd wrote:

I have to say (and others at the office can attest to this), that I *really* didn't like the Dayvan video when I first saw it.


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[quote="turnstiled"]
wwbjd wrote:

I have to say (and others at the office can attest to this), that I *really* didn't like the Dayvan video when I first saw it.




there was a whole thread on here that had everyones opinion on the video...and it varied...not everyone enjoyed it...so i can see that...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissa Olson - Short Article from Res Reply with quote

steve-o wrote:
nny wrote:
wwbjd wrote:
The two halves balance in tenuous harmony, and while both acts are undoubtedly majestic and serenely organic, our awareness that disaster can strike at any moment creates an underlying dread. Could there possibly be a more perfect visual metaphor for Boards of Canada's music?


Excellent article!
I think this is the best description I've heard about the video. Certainly after all the crap said in this forum about the video not being BOC enough.
Eat that!
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FOr the record, I've always loved the video, Eat that, ah, too!


HAH! Me too!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so she all but admits there is something hidden in this video - has anyone found it?
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so she all but admits there is something hidden in this video - has anyone found it?


Not that I know of. I examined Invocation but this is so much longer that a frame by frame would take some serious investment in time.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting article on Laird Hamilton, includes a fascinating bit about his legendary ride at Teahupoo, considered to be the most extreme wave ever ridden.
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I also read somewhere that the population of african elephants has in fact tripled in the past six months.



Truthiness.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have always loved the video too. I never new someone could parachute from that height?
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AnalogFix wrote:
thedisavowed wrote:
I also read somewhere that the population of african elephants has in fact tripled in the past six months.



Truthiness.


Well, that's just what I read.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I examined Dayvan Cowboy video in slow motion and frame by frame for some scene.
Nothing hidden in this video except flares, drops, dusts and stains...
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