Music video set beneath the Antarctic sea ice

Dayton's Wall is an underwater geologic formation named for Paul Dayton, a marine ecologist who studies the lives and interactions between seafloor-dwelling organisms. Located in Antarctica, in an area of the Ross Sea between McMurdo Station and Cape Armitage, Dayton's Wall is a great place to spot creatures that live on the rocky Antarctic seafloor.

This footage of life on Dayton's Wall was shot by Henry Kaiser, a man with a really awesome CV. Kaiser is a musician and filmmaker, and for the last decade he's also worked as a research diver, conducting dives beneath the Antarctic sea ice on behalf of scientists stationed at McMurdo.

Kaiser has turned some of his footage into music videos, set to songs performed by Nik Bärtsch's RONIN. With the artist's permission, Kaiser made two music videos. This one, and another set just beneath the surface of the ice. They're both beautiful and haunting, and make me want to find out more about Nik Bärtsch's RONIN, who I'd never heard of before.

We'll have more from Henry Kaiser soon, including an upcoming guest blog post. Watch this space for Antarctic wonders. And, in the meantime, check out his YouTube page. He posts new videos every day.

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  1. Kaiser did the music and some of the underwater photography for Werner Herzog’s sublime Encounters at the End of the World, so I can hardly wait to get to where I can view this.

  2. in the first few edits, the timing is wrong…
    see 16 and 24 seconds
    either do a fast dissolve, or move the hard cut back… I’m not sure if this is a ‘rule’ as such, but if you watch it a couple times you’ll see the edits are off by a bit.  I learned this the hard way, trying to match video to a seemingly well chosen audio track, but the audio demands either a real visual change, or none at all – in this case, it’s off by just a bit… the fast dissolve would buy the time needed for the eye to deal with the demands of the hard piano plink

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