An immersive experience
The videos and their soundtrack have been created by Swiss electronic musician Sonarpilot in cooperation with film producer Roger Mäder.
“Electronic music has a long history of using visuals as a background on the dancefloor or at live events. Usually this content is more of a by-product, poorly produced and not something you’d really want to look at”, explains Michael Moppert, the creative head behind Sonarpilot.
“With the Mirage Project we are creating something different: An immersive experience with visuals that are equally well crafted as the music.”
A digital concept album
“To create the Mirages we work on the music and the visuals in parallel, to make sure that both elements support each other in an optimal way,” explains Michael.
This process is laborious: “We are using software that generates highly complex fractals. Some of the formulas take a week to render one minute of video,” says Roger Mäder, who creates the beautiful raw animations of the Mirage Project.
Once the basic visuals for a world are generated, Michael starts to edit the video and simultaneously writes the music. The whole production process took 18 months for the six videos of Season 1, and almost two years for the eight videos of Season 2
“It was our vision to create something like the concept albums of the 1970’s”, says Michael. “I grew up with these beautiful records, with artwork and music that supported each other. We wanted to do something similar, using today’s digital technology. The Mirage Project is our modern interpretation of a concept album”.