Feast your eyes and ears on Micro Empire, the microcinematic brainchild of Austrian filmmaker Clemens Wirth.

By attaching his DSLR to a microscope, Wirth was able to exploit an imaging technique known as dark field microscopy. This filming method not only gave Wirth front row seats to the ongoings of a world rarely seen by humans, it also allowed him to portray his microscopic subject matter against a spooky, inky-black background. Throw in some otherworldly music courtesy of Radium Audio, and you've got yourself the spine-tingling short film featured up top.

Says Wirth:

As an enthusiast for little things, I wanted to go deeper than the macro universe, so I found myself hanging on the eyepiece of a microscope. The real challenge was definitely the small depth of field in microscopy. It's really fascinating how detailed this tiny world is, and unbelievable how much is going on in only one little water drop.

Check out more of Wirth's work — including the awesome Macro Kingdom Trilogy [Parts I, II and III]— over on his vimeo page. [Laughing Squid]