Almost guaranteed to provoke some sort of seizure, Amnesia Scanner’s new “AS Chingy” video is a spastic visual, designed to bring you inside the body of a festival attendee as it contorts, fractures and stomps along with the track. The clip was created by Chicago-based artist Sam Rolfes, who built the overwhelming environment using Unreal Engine and performed everything live with a gaming rig inside painter Wesley Kimler’s private studio.
“The concept stems from Amnesia Scanner’s own interests, along with my own rumination on the festival [and] venue model in general,” Rolfes said. “[It’s] something that’s been on my mind intensely for a while as I’ve played and booked shows myself—the kind of uncanny atmosphere at the end of a huge rave when the lights come on and people are stumbling out through haze and debris [is] littered everywhere. I then lightly filtered that concept through the lens of First Person Shooter tropes.”
In order to achieve this, he carefully choreographed every detailed move, so this could be executed in real time with the music. Two players were required, one to control leg movement with the Oculus Rift, and another to engage lights, stage movement and refractions using a Playstation 4 controller. “It was a long, grueling production, but a definite labor of love,” Rolfes said. Watch, below: