Time is an illusion. The past is memory, the future, imagination. From dark, dungeonous laboratories with hand-drawn sci-fi animation to bright desert landscapes and deserted towns, the visual language of “Ancient Dialogue” is rich and symbolic. “The title and the atmosphere of the sounds from the music inspired the visuals,” says director Chmiel.
From the opening notes, mixing percussion and acoustic guitar with haunting vocal samples of Inuit women, the music creates a new world, speaking with the ancestors. Airy flute pads alternate with bombing horn hits as a pulsating Drum ’n’ Bass groove gradually takes over, transporting the listener from the old to the new. Rich Baroque synths ebb and flow while the relentless drums and ancient tongues lift the listener into ecstasy. As the song ends, the echoes of children playing fade out in reverberated glory.
Produced by Narducci, who has worked with Miguel, Bilal, Daron Malakian, and Warren Cuccurullo among many others, “Ancient Dialogue” creates a rich sonic landscape that beautifully pushes director Chmiel’s vivid scenery.
“I wanted to relate to present day and beyond by bending the presence of time altogether. Our character is a cog used by beings from one part of our universe sending him through different parts of our known existence. He gets cut from his creators along the way and trapped in a place where he finds dialogue. We wanted this dialogue to transcend even death as our cog stumbles upon his own spiritual connection…”
Chmiel, who as a writer, director, and editor has worked with musicians STS, Khari Mateen, The Vivian Girls, and Sean Forbes in addition to writer Jerry Stahl and Fast & Furious films 6-8 in his capacity working in feature development at Universal Pictures, had a vision for creating “Ancient Dialogue.” Working alongside him to sculpt this vision was Corey Ulrich, the Los Angeles based Director of Photography who has shot music videos for artists such as Miley Cyrus and Mary J. Blige, directed commercials for clients including Volkswagen and Coca-Cola, and was the show runner for the nationally broadcasted automotive television series Head 2 Head.
What if we could fold the time-space continuum visually and sonically? That is what Narducci and director R.J. Chmiel and have acheived in the new music video “Ancient Dialogue.”