IS A FULL-LENGTH AUDIOVISUAL ALBUM BY ANIMAL COLLECTIVE IN COLLABORATION WITH CORAL MORPHOLOGIC TO COMMEMORATE THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE REEF. TANGERINE REEF IS A VISUAL TONE POEM CONSISTING OF TIME-LAPSE AND SLOW PANS ACROSS SURREAL AQUASCAPES OF NATURALLY FLUORESCENT CORAL AND CAMEOS BY ALIEN-LIKE REEF CREATURES (NOTE: NO CGI OR ARTIFICIAL ENGANCEMENT WAS USED IN THIS FILM). TANGERINE REEF IS THE SIGHT AND SOUND OF A LITERAL UNDERWATER COLLECTIVE OF ANIMALS.
Inspiration for Coral Morphologic begins with the radially-symmetric coral polyp; a life-form that intelligently amalgamates animal, plant, and mineral into a collective unit, and whose life-cycle is controlled by the cosmic synchronicity of the Sun and Moon. Besides humans, corals are the only other animals that have created urban environments on a scale visible from space on Earth. Coral reefs are successful ecosystems where symbiosis, opportunism, and complex interdependence create a harmonic foundation for the evolution and diversity of life. Corals have survived multiple global extinctions over millions of years, and yet man has only been building cities for several thousand, the lifespan of a typical reef. It is the corals’ innate ability to morph, adapt, clone, evolve, symbios, and reproduce that inspires us to create our works and share with the world.
Animal Collective will donate a portion of the proceeds from Tangerine Reef to reef conservation efforts at the Ocean Foundation, Project Coral, and Oceana.