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Music Video: Bibio: Excuses

By Mike Everleth ⋅ July 27, 2011

Natural and electronic worlds collide in spectacular technicolor fashion in the video for “Excuses” by music producer Bibio (aka Stephen James Wilkinson). The video is directed by Michael Robinson. Intangible forms — e.g. electronic blips, water flowing, TV screen flickering — pop and flash by to accompany Bibio’s ethereal sounds, ending in a chaotic rapid fire collision of image and audio.

There’s an elemental connection between the different images seen in the video. There’s the fire of the candle and firecracker sparklers, there’s water flowing and — standing in for air — electronic transmission signals. But, ultimately, everything gets boiled down to transmission. Even the outline of the singer’s face is removed from the physical world and transformed into an abstraction of video lines.

Although there are very different techniques of transmitting mostly abstract forms combined with a few real world objects, all these images flow together nicely throughout the video.

To view more of Michael Robinson‘s films, please visit his Vimeo page. He is also one of the leading members of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s microcinema screening series, Moviate.

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