(music video) David Lanz & Paul Speer: ‘Natural States’ — One of my favorite albums of all time! Every song takes us somewhere special!

I wrote a sincere thanks to Paul Speer on his Facebook page:

One of my favorite albums of all time. Thank you, Paul Speer! You and David Lanz did something very special here. The entire album is awesome!

Also, I have the Natural States VHS video that I absolutely loved, and was hoping for it to come out as a DVD. Paul Speer writes back regarding the quality of the video currently:

All were shot on 16mm film so they pale compared to hi def today. The first videos I uploaded were 11 years ago and youtube had restrictions on file size so the quality isn’t very good on those.

NS and DV were released on DVD but again, because of the source material, the quality isn’t so good. Unfortunately, we don’t know what happened to the original film or first transfer to video otherwise it would be possible to create a much better version in hi def.

Paul says everything was filmed in Washington state except for the second video, filmed on the California coast. I asked Paul how he and David created this masterpiece.

We’ve been interviewed many times about the project. The visuals were shot first by Jan C. Nickman and he did a rough cut of each piece that we started to compose to. Once we had the song structures, Jan would update the visuals so they were tighter with the music. After we finished recording, Jan did the final edits to blend seamlessly with the music. It was a time consuming back and forth process but well worth it, IMO. Of course, as we worked we had no idea if it would be a hit or a dud. We just did the best we could with what was available.

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This first video should cycle through the entire playlist automatically.

Otherwise, the rest of the videos are below this one.

MiraNova David Lanz and Paul Speer

Apr 3, 2019 | 1080p

Paul Speer

“MiraNova” the opening track from the music video album Natural States released in 1985. Originally shot on 16mm film and this transfer is from the laserdisc. Flying from the Cascade Mountain Range to the Pacific Ocean.

Faces of the Forest Pt1 David Lanz and Paul Speer

Mar 15, 2019 | 1080p

“Faces of the Forest – Pt1 from the music video album Natural States released in 1985. Originally shot on 16mm film and this transfer is from the laserdisc. US west coast locations including Big Sur.

Faces of the Forest Pt2 David Lanz and Paul Speer

Mar 24, 2019 | 1080p

“Faces of the Forest – Pt2 from the music video album Natural States released in 1985. Originally shot on 16mm film and this transfer is from the laserdisc. Shot in and around Mount Rainier National Park.

Behind the Waterfall

Jun 3, 2008 | 480p

From the music video album Natural States. Music by David Lanz and Paul Speer. Directed by Jan Nickman.

Mountain David Lanz and Paul Speer

Apr 21, 2019 | 1080p

“Mountain” from the music video album Natural States released in 1985. Originally shot on 16mm film and this transfer is from the laserdisc. Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and the Cascade Range.

Allegro/985

Jun 3, 2008 | 480p

From the music video album Natural States. Music by David Lanz and Paul Speer. Directed by Jan Nickman.

Lento984 David Lanz and Paul Speer

Feb 22, 2019 | 1080p

From our Natural States music video album released 1985. Featuring Deuter on recorder. Originally shot on 16mm film. I transferred the videos on my channel from Natural States and Desert Vision from the laserdisc release.

Rain Forest David Lanz and Paul Speer

Mar 4, 2019 | 1080p

“Rain Forest” from the music video album Natural States released in 1985. Originally shot on 16mm film and this transfer is from the laserdisc. This location is the Hoh Rain Forest which is part of the Olympic National Park in Washington state.

First Light David Lanz and Paul Speer

Apr 10, 2019 | 1080p

“First Light” from the music video album Natural States released in 1985. Originally shot on 16mm film and this transfer is from the laserdisc. The location is the lower Snoqualmie River Valley in Western Washington state.

 

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