CalArtians Collaborate on Music Video for TV on the Radio

Earlier this month, TV on the Radio, released its fourth album Nine Types of Light. Along with the album, the band personally asked their filmmaker friends to help direct the music videos for each song on the record. CalArts animator Maya Erdelyi (Film/Video MFA 12), was asked to direct the video for the track New Cannonball Blues (see video above).

Erdelyi worked with a team of CalArtian artists and animators, including: Nicole Emmons (Film/Video, MFA 10), lead animator; Ethan Clarke (Film/Video MFA 12), editor/compositor/animator; Gina Kelly (Film/Video MFA 12), puppet designer/animator; Elizabeth Klein (Film/Video BFA 13), animator/puppet fabricator; Emilie Sabath (Film/Video, Integrated Media MFA 12), assistant director; and Martha Williams (Film/Video MFA 13), production assistant.

Band members Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe and Dave Sitek first saw Erdelyi’s work at an event in Val Verde, Calif., where Erdelyi screened her CalArts first-year short, Phosphena. “A few months later I got a phone call from Tunde asking me to direct one of their music videos in the style of Phosphena.

All the music videos for Nine Types of Light were collected to create a one-hour movie (posted below), which is meant to be a visual re-imagining of the record. The songs were storybooked together with interviews from local New Yorkers on various topics, including dreams, love, fame and the future. 

“I was honored and excited to direct a music video for TV on the Radio,” says Erdelyi, “It was a very collaborative process that took place over two months and made a complete and wonderful mess of my garage studio.”

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