Directorial collective Stylewar has fashioned an assemblage of existing video clips from around the world into a promo for Bonobo's latest release 'Bambro Koyo Ganda'. Along with additional footage filmed by them, the resulting piece is around three and a half spellbinding minutes in which time speeds up, slows down, or jumps around.
Stylewar themselves say: "Through the magic of editing, we endeavoured to make every movement in the video correspond to the movement of the music, whether to its rhythm or to the very notes themselves. If you look closely, you should notice that the smallest details have been tweaked to sync the music to the movement. Like the music of Bonobo, it celebrates the rhythmic beauty of our world."
It does indeed. What are merely interesting visual snippets on their own become majestic - even profound - when put together like this. We see ourselves in the abstract when we watch accelerated footage of crowds crossing city streets, swarming like a grounded murmuration of starlings; equally, shipping containers look like small stacks of Lego which could be destroyed with a single swipe of a hand. It makes us observe the world through fresh eyes... and that's no mean feat.