Illuminated nightscapes were captured from a speeding car for Sunken Foal's music video

Music: footage taken through a car windscreen of a town after dark was manipulated by director Kevin McGloughlin to create this music video for electronic act Sunken Foal.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

Accompanying a subdued, atmospheric song named Never Knew, Kevin McGloughlin's video features colourful patterns and shapes that spread across the screen – twisting and blending into one another against a dark background.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

A sense of both forward and backward motion features throughout the clip, created by imagery appearing to rush either from or past the edges of the video frame.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

Occasionally, recognisable objects like street signs and lighting displays can be picked out among the blurs.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

"The concept for the video came from wanting to explore the idea of time perception in relation to emotion," Ireland-based McLaughlin told Dezeen. "I thought time-lapse would be a good place to start - visually and conceptually."

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

The shooting process consisted of McGloughlin filming through the windscreen of a moving car, using a DSLR camera to capture footage of different types of lights he encountered.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

While driving around at night, the director filmed with a shallow depth of field that he constantly adjusted to create intentional lens blur and capture the abstract visuals.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

The director took three evening car trips through parts of County Sligo, Ireland, to record the hour of footage needed for the film.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

"The process was very enjoyable," he said. "It was just a case of filming street lights and making tonnes of happy mistakes."

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

During sections of the journeys, McGloughlin also took photographs at regular intervals to stitch together into time-lapse sequences.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

After all of the photographs were captured, they were stacked into layers within a 3D software environment.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

This technique created an illusion of depth, allowing the director to move a virtual camera through the images to create a sense of forward motion for the viewer. The opening few seconds of the film demonstrate this technique.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

A similar approach was used for the live-action sections, with McGloughlin creating duplicates of the footage and overlaying them. Each duplicate plays one frame later than the previous duplicate, giving viewers the impression that they are moving through the footage.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

Additional editing and post-production techniques such as the mirroring and morphing of images were used in the video, which took around a month and a half to complete.

Sunken Foal video by Kevin McGloughlin

Never Knew features vocals by Si Shroeder and is available to download for free from Sunken Foal's website.