{This week’s Sunday Evening Video is an encore of a post I’d written almost exactly ten years ago. In that time, the video link went bad, but the video remains online. So since this is one of my favorite works, and if all goes according to plan I’ll be reviewing a new graphic novel/music project by Mike Batt next month, I’m repeating this entry with some minor tweaking and the video properly back in place. }

Back in December, 2010, I brought you several music videos by Mike Batt, a composer and performer of whom I have have been a fan for a very long time.  When I posted that item, I lamented the unavailability of my favorite work of his, a “Video Fantasy” called “Zero Zero” in the US.

Zero Zero is a New Wave/orchestral hybrid of a ballet with a long-form music video. It tells a story set in a futuristic dystopian society where love has been declared a mental disorder and is systematically eliminated. I discovered it among the many treasures aired in the early days of the USA Network program, “Night Flight.”  I was familiar with the music, but the visuals, including dance, animation and a wild set design, were mind-blowing. I hadn’t seen Zero Zero since it last aired on Night Flight around 1982 (back in the days before I had my first VCR).

Luckily Mike Batt graciously posted the entire work, in remastered form no less, to YouTube. That’s it you see at the top of this post.  Please enjoy Mike Batt with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing Zero Zero.