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Interstellar Trippin' (with Syd) (2013)

Project Brief

An audio/visual animation revisiting Syd Barrett's "first trip".

Description

Interstellar Trippin' is based on the mythology of Pink Floyd's original singer and guitarist, Syd Barrett, who left the band due to the repercussions of his addiction to LSD. In the 90's, First Trip, a film of Syd apparently on his first drug trip (mushrooms, not LSD), was made available by Nigel Gordon, a filmmaker and friend on Barrett's. The film showing Syd and his friends tripping out in a park was widely traded on bootleged VHS casettes by Pink Floyd fans around the world (it's now on YouTube, of course). Discomforting and troublesome to some viewers, its authenticity debated by others, First Trip was a private view of Syd in his youth that hints at the addication that ultimately led to his demise, which many Pink Floyd fans argue was also the decline of the band.

Interstellar Trippin' mixes footage of Syd Barrett from the film along with algorithmic audio-responsive psychedelic forms in the tradition of 1960s graphic design. The animation was created for Plink Flojd, "a super audio/visual collective" by David Quiles Guillo (ROJO), Yoshi Sodeoka, and Eric Mast (E*Rock). Plink Flojd invites artists to contribute audio/visual compositions based on inspiration or sampled material taken from the band of a similar name.

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Project Specs

Format: HD Animation with sound
Duration: 2:45
Year of Production: 2013

Tags

Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd, Plink Flojd, mythology, psychedelia, drugs, VHS, LSD, mushrooms, painting, animation, audio/visual, visual music, supercollider, openframeworks

Links

Interstellar Trippin' on Vimeo

Plink Flojd project website

Plink Flojd on Vimeo

The original First Trip (YouTube)