I had the pleasure of editing and creating visuals for the Blondie 40th Anniversary World Tour.
In addition to celebrating the band’s amazing 40 year career which began during the dawn of hip-hop, disco, and punk in the 1970s’ in New York., the tour promotes their new album Ghosts of Download. The band footage I used came from various Blondie music videos, a live CBGB’s performance from 1977, and additional material I compiled and created from digital composition and found footage.
I was fortunate to be able to spend time with the band members and go through their videos while they shared anecdotes and pointed out cameos and collaborations with their friends from early days in downtown New York, until their current Ghosts of Download album. The band brought a tremendous amount of inspiration and influences to draw from, but they were also very open to my creative contributions. For instance, when I showed a clip of a rotary phone thinking it could work for “Call Me” or “Hanging on the Telephone”, we discussed how young people at their shows would never have used a rotary phone. That triggered a thematic approach around how much technology, communication, and sound have changed in the past 40 years. I used footage of various technology to transition a range of imagery together using TV static, radio waves, and various video displays from machinery.