arcade

A tour of musical inspiration in Moscow from Pixelord, Novation

Bridging the worlds of bass music and video games, Pixelord is a Siberian-born artist transplanted to Moscow. In a new video from Novation, he takes the English manufacturer on a tour of his sources of inspiration in the Russian capital. This is of course by no means a complete tour of Moscow or its scene – that’s like having one person show you around The Netherlands for nine minutes. (Actually, literally like that.) But you do get a nice little taste of Alexey Devyanin’s personality, in the midst of a new album he’s working on.

READ MORE →
redrectangle

This 1971 Dancing Rectangle from Poland Predicts Modern Techno, AV

Sonic history in electronic music may be made with technology, but it’s also the output of someone’s brain. As such, it’s natural that liberated creativity can produce all kinds of possibilities. And it should be no surprise that history sometimes comes in cycles. Or… make that rectangles. Speaking of Poland, this short animation, crafted in 1971, features spooky sounds that would be at home on any modern dark techno floor. Entitled “Prostokąt dynamiczny” – literally, “dynamic rectangle” – the animation is by experimental filmmaker Józef Robakowski, with music by the incredible Eugeniusz Rudnik. We saw Rudnik yesterday in our piece …

READ MORE →
jojo

The Human Drummer Battles Drum Machine, in Poetic Film with Jojo Mayer

Between Zero & One from ApK on Vimeo. What does it mean to be human in a world of drum machines? Not just whether drum machines have soul – how do you define your soul? Drummer Jojo Mayer doesn’t shy away from the deep issues around digitality in the brief film meditation that is Between Zero & One. He reflects on the states of being that the computer and machine represent, and then he does what any great drummer would do. He doesn’t get mad. He gets even. He refines drum technique to play what a drum machine can’t, framed …

READ MORE →

Imagine Digital Shoes: Lovely Short Uses Sound Design Alongside Visual Effects

FLIGHT. from a TWiN thing. on Vimeo. What makes this motion effect work is what you experience when you close your eyes. In a clever short film, the directing team TWiN (Jonathan & Josh Baker) imagine shoes that take on a life of their own, as though channeling forces from Tron. Directing that virtual, digital world into ours, they propel the actor – and perhaps suggest a solution to LA’s transit problems. (Eat your heart out, Segway.) But how do you make such an imaginary vision work? The post-production effects are pretty, but it really takes the sound to deliver …

READ MORE →

Your Soul is Glitching: Impulse, a Chilling Visual Poem on Self and Tech

Impulse from gold extra on Vimeo. Don’t wait for the cyborg future. It’s here – embedded more deeply in ourselves than any googles or prosthetic. The words are from 1949 – Max Bense, a Cassandra on technology, talking about “technical existence.” The visuals are part stop motion, part digital effect and glitching edit. And the human actor is glitching, too – their face twitching with electrodes, a la Daito Manabe. (Don’t miss the beautiful, perfect sound score by Juan A. Romero, too.) But the sum of all these components is something chillingly poetic, a visual etude that imagines something hopeful …

READ MORE →

Peoplemeter: Experimental Film, Score Imagine a World Populated by the Things We Left Behind

As umbrellas scurry about like spiders, inanimate metal objects scuttling through emptied streets, and electronics send clicks and crackles between robots, Peoplemeter produces a post-apocalyptic world without humans. Microscopes and endoscopes shoot these objects in revelatory ways, as the musical score amplifies their sounds. These objects are animated through various effects, ranging from stop motion to more abstract portraits as textures. Director Incredible Bob makes these intimate moments a kind of cinematic object theater. The sound, too, literally comes from inanimate ephemera, transformed into experimental instruments by musician WoO of the BelgradeNoise collective. The trailer is already compelling. More details …

READ MORE →

Rendered Toy Theater: 'Brave New World' Short, Set in Rotating Box

Brave New Old from Adam Wells on Vimeo. In electronic animation, there really are no limits to space or object. The challenge can become, then, grounding motion in the physical. Adam Wells sends CDM his short “Brave New World,” which has been making the festival circuit. It takes a novel approach, setting the action in minimalist, toy-like objects, and setting the entire stage for the work as a rotating box. For the artist, the work has been an experiment in storytelling, he says. It recalls for me physical toy theater, the puppet-based tradition of setting theatrical storytelling in miniature, self-contained …

READ MORE →

Rendered Toy Theater: ‘Brave New World’ Short, Set in Rotating Box

Brave New Old from Adam Wells on Vimeo. In electronic animation, there really are no limits to space or object. The challenge can become, then, grounding motion in the physical. Adam Wells sends CDM his short “Brave New World,” which has been making the festival circuit. It takes a novel approach, setting the action in minimalist, toy-like objects, and setting the entire stage for the work as a rotating box. For the artist, the work has been an experiment in storytelling, he says. It recalls for me physical toy theater, the puppet-based tradition of setting theatrical storytelling in miniature, self-contained …

READ MORE →

Triangles is Trippy-Good Experimental Animation – On Paper

TRI▲NGLE (Full Version) from Grace Nayoon Rhee on Vimeo. It’s not new, but it’s worth taking an occasional break from the Digital Motion for something inspiring that was animated on paper. “Triangles” by South Korean/American artist Grace Nayoon Rhee is chillingly-beautiful, a roughly-drawn trip through surreal worlds. The smudges on the paper can be simultaneously charming and gloomy, adding weight and substance to this world; it seems no digital effect would quite do the same. And the film is doubly worth mentioning for the impact of its score and sound design; it says something about the collaboration that sound and …

READ MORE →

Projection Mapping, The Documentary: A Short Film Profiles the Technique's Significance

Once a novel technique, the likes of which could land you a gig, projection mapping is fast evolving into a fundamental skill every visual artist must have. It’s the ability to work not only with your content, but to be creative with its delivery, almost as much as something as basic as an alpha blend or a crossfade. It separates the visualists who work within rectangles and those who don’t. As a semi-daily chronicle, this site often provides specific stories about one project or another. In the short film “Augmented Reality,” by Belgian filmmaker Dane Luttik, the camera pulls back …

READ MORE →