Singled Out: El Tryptophan's Insect Express
The song starts with a sample of a version of "Insect Express" I recorded at age 15. The lo-fi locomotion of the train explodes 10 years later, throttling into higher fidelity.
The video combines hand-drawn animation and digital forms that show abstract shapes, astrological imagery, and bees. Emily Pelstring, the video director, notes the 'interplay of species, the dances of bees, and flight patterns merging as collective rituals in a fever dream. It was made using an analog video effects rig that involves several devices linked together. The process involves a feedback loop that creates distortion, or self-destruction of the image.'
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!