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Crystal City: Three-Dimensionality

A few weeks ago Crystal City was in Des Moines shooting a video to promote their upcoming record, Three-Dimensionality. They asked me to come along and capture the process behind the scenes. This is the second time I’ve had the opportunity to work with them on a video shoot, last time it was for their Driving music video released in 2017.

Crystal City music video shoot in Des Moines, Iowa

This time they took to the studio. Working with DEFT, they crafted a truly unique video. The name ‘Three-Dimensionality’ reflects a change in the sound of the band. This is their third full-length release, following Bartenderly (2017) and Change (2014). The sound is more complex, thanks in part to the wide range of players that helped make it a reality. That complexity and depth is represented visually in the video.

I’m glad to have been a part of it, check out the behind the scenes!

Vinyl release show at The Mill May 18th.

Album reviews by Little Village and IPR.

Dead Emperors, On Film

Dead Emperors taking a break from recording outside Flat Black Studios

Made a post a few days ago about joining Dead Emperors at Flat Black Studios while they recorded their new record. I finally got all the film developed and scanned. The first set was shot with my Nikon F5 in the studio getting candids during the recording process. The second set is some promo shots we did outside with the Bronica.

Dead Emperors Recording at Flat Black Studios

Dead Emperors recording at Flat Black Studios near Iowa City

Spent a few days out at Flat Black Studios with the Dead Emperors as they worked on their upcoming record. Shooting in a recording studio is always a blast, especially working with a band like this. They were working on recording their third record and were kind enough to invite me in to capture the recording process. I was there for two days and shot a mix of film and digital. The first day was mostly digital as we all were getting comfortable in the studio. After they wrapped up recording for the the day, we headed outside to get some group shots. I was happy that we had the time to do a few on film. Stay tuned, I will be posting the film shots in another post!