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Salad Days Magazine | December 7, 2022

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My Panda Shall Fly & Benjamin Jackson – ‘Data-Module’ (Five Easy Pieces)

My Panda Shall Fly & Benjamin Jackson – ‘Data-Module’ (Five Easy Pieces)
Salad Days


The track ‘Data-Module’ explores a range of sonic territories, futuristic synth lines bounce over nostalgia-inducing club rhythms, guitar licks for a beach on the moon. Reflecting this movement, the video takes the viewer on a journey through an imaginary landscape. We plunge through psychedelic wormholes leading to mundane desktop screensavers and back again. Riffing like a jazz musician or DJ, familiar sounds and images are redeployed: hand drawn yin yangs form kaleidoscopic circles to infinity, the scribbled extrusions of a peace sign floats over an array of luxury automobiles, all while calm, reflective 808 samples guide us forward through time and space. “I stumbled upon Nic’s Vimeo page somehow and loved his playful and random use of colour, patterns and objects. I saw a video he had made for Fancy Mike and got in contact to see if he would be interested in working together.

The video loosely resembles a “journey” through an imaginary, psychedelic, rainbow-coloured CGI world over the course of three minutes. I sent Nic handfuls of 3D models and other rogue footage I had lying around my desktop to use in the video, and he did an incredible job juggling everything I sent and everything he had made into something that works so well on screen. Working over the Internet over emails, especially sending each other large video files, tiresomely long rough edits etc. was not easy to be honest – and much more difficult than doing it with music like I did with Benjamin Jackson but it is just as rewarding to see our work finally come to life.”
- Suren Seneviratne (My Panda Shall Fly)

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