Sometime last year Ian and Anisa Cameron and I hijacked a DARPA time machine and visited a few of our favorite years, including 1923 and 1996. We documented our adventures using a Bolex camera* and made a video for my song Cannons. The thing is, time machines are sort of unpredictable**.
We tried to send the footage back to coincide with the launch of my record in 2011, but instead it showed up just last week!
2 years may be a long time in the cycle of a record release, but I take comfort in thinking about how small that unit of time is in the wide angle view of reality, where we are motes of dust clinging to a small grain of sand in the vast ocean of cosmic space time, and Earth days are completely unnoticed might-as-well-be-imaginary units of measurement.
What I’m trying to say here, is that the next time you stress about getting something like a school paper or a music video in on time, I want you to remember this:
“Humans need not worry” says Brad Whitmore from the Space Telescope Institute. Even though the Andromeda is racing toward the Milky Way at 300,000 miles an hour, the collision is about 5 billion years away…By then, it is expected that the sun will be a burned-out husk and the Earth, if it still exists, will be a lifeless chunk of frozen space rock.”
Enjoy the video! And thanks to Ian and Anisa Cameron, Giulia Frati, and Ivan Rubio for making it beautiful.
*An inefficient form of ancient technology utilizing a thing called FILM. Light activates silver halide particles on celluloid creating an impression that you then develop with specially mixed chemical compounds. A series of these single images are then sped up to resemble motion — NO JOKE!