Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo has been commissioned by Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art to write and score a new short film about technology’s impact on interpersonal relationships. “Outer Osmo Ghost Mode” was co-directed by Polamo and animator Johnny Woods, who has previously handled Neon Indian’s live visuals.
According to Palomo, the film tells the story of Avatars Elda and Dell Banner, the creation of a married couple whose “behaviors and interests were conditioned by years of web browsing.” These avatars live in “a proto-virtual internet exploration program” called “Osmo” and undertake a “a ritual of activities that mirrors some idealized version of your life,” with Palomo comparing the process to most social media outlets.” Essentially, “[the avatars] have become the digital ghosts of the Banners,” Palomo added. And we thought Coheed and Cambria’s stories were as nerdy and involved as it got.
In describing his approach to the music and sound design, Palomo compared it to entropy, with upbeat sounds decaying toward chaotic noise. “The score for ‘Outer Osmo Ghost Mode’ seems to run back into itself and has done it so much it’s begun decomposing with each pass… All the sounds that seemed to have an optimistic, futuristic quality when Osmo was created, will have undergone eras of digital degradation and come off distorted, distant, and otherwise anachronistic.”
The film will debut in-full on November 21st. Check out the trailer below.