Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fantasista Utamaro - The Black Ghosts: I Want Nothing

Video directed by:
Fantasista Utamaro
Animation director:
Satoru Ohno

Stuart O'Keefe - Jazzhole: Free the Robots

Anthony Burrill - Acid Washed: General Motors, Detroit, America

Artwork by Anthony Burrill.
In collaboration with Paul Plowman and Zac Ella.

Acid Washed - General Motors, Detroit, America
Record Makers (FR) (C) 2009

The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by Record Makers.

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Please feel free to watch our other great videos from the rest of our roster!

Gregory de Maria - Chew Lips: Slick

Slick Video by Resident Creative Studio
Director: Gregory de Maria
Executive Producer: Meredith Machial
Editor: Gregory de Maria

Joel Trussell - Kid606: Mr. Wobble's Nightmare

Mr. Wobble gets some bad news.

director - Joel Trussell
dp & editor - Michael Samstag
animators - Anna & Mike Hollingsworth, Joel Trussell
camera - Matthew Rogers
lighting - Jeff Reed
musician - Kid606

Niky Roehreke - Shinichi Osawa: Love Will Guide You

Cassiano Prado - Emperor Machine: Kananana

Simeon Tennant - Solvent: Loss For Words

In Simeon Tennant's video for Solvent's single "Loss for Words" (from Subject to Shift, 2010), a pair of romantically entwined shapes watch helplessly as their relationship dissolves. Both the gray square and his fluffy, pink girlfriend seem at a "Loss for Words" as they drift into their respective solitudes. Tennant's lo-fi computer animation fits perfectly with Solvent's analog-synth pop melancholy, striking a touching balance between technology and emotion.

Ben Reed - Mumdance: Don't Forget Me Now feat. Esser

Directed by:Ben Reed


After spending the last two years creating high profile remixes for the likes of Santigold, Gucci Mane, Radioclit and more, Mumdance (aka Jack Adams) is switching his focus to all original productions with the release of his debut EP, Mum Decent.

Mumdance's ability to interwork eclectic vocals by UK crooner Esser and grime MC Badness on top of production that spans continental influence is what ultimately has allowed his work to stand out amongst his peers. The three tracks that make up the Mum Decent EP follow this summer's outstanding Different Circles mixtape and lay the groundwork for even more original production on forthcoming releases with Bonde Do Role, Toy Selectah, Brodinski and Drums of Death. In the perfect marriage of worldly inspiration and hip influence, Mumdance will be on heavy rotation this fall.

We Are From L.A. - Yelle: La Musique

"the new famous creative team specialized in bar mitzvah, weddings and music videos."

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Brian Ratigan - No Age: Dusted

Takcom - Vital: Saying

VITAL - Saying
Directed by TAKCOM

Use headphones. Play loud!
Pre-Listen to The Vital EP online:

Music Producer: Chris Clark
Director of Photography: Lyttleton Capell
Second Unit Director: Darnell Wilburn
Steady-cam Operator: Brandon Thompson

Camera and Lenses: Lael Camak
Shot on MXed RED ONE™
Lomo anamorphic primes: 35mm, 50mm, 75mm

Executive Producer: Frank Alioto Jr.
A&R: Mathias Sorum
Copyright ©2010
Black Sky Recordings LLC.

Special thanks to Calle Morck, Mel Hunter and Patrick Woodard.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Umeric - Salmonella Dub: Nu Steppa

Directors: Ash Bolland, Steve Scott
Production/Visual FX:

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Chris Do - The Raveonettes: Heart of Stone

Steffen Bygebjerg - Troels Abrahamsen: End Scene

This video was made by Steffen Bygebjerg in 2009 for the song "End Scene". The track is taken from Troels Abrahamsen's album WHT also from 2009.

The animation work was made in Adobe After Effects. Each frame was then printed and the print was subsequently scanned back into the computer. The scanned frames were then assembled back into the original animation, now with a new rugged look, created by the visit in the physical analogue world. No effects added after scanning.

We Buy Your Kids - Paul Dempsey: Bats

Directed by: We Buy Your Kids

Production company: Mighty Nice

Mighty Nice CD: Darren Price

Produced by: Clare Downie

3D animators: Stefan Wernik, Alison Bond, Alex McLeod

2D animators: Toby Pedersen, Olivia Watson

Compositor: Peter Nizic​new/​​

Savants Collective - Phonat: Set Me Free

Savants Collective - Phonat: Love Hits The Fan

Rogier van der Zwaag - Nobody Beats the Drum: Grindin'

"Making of"... yeah.

MIE - George Michael: December Song

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MIE - Faithless: Not Going Home

MIE - Faithless: Tweak your Nipple

MIE - Zero 7: Everything Up (Zizou) (remixed by Joker and Ginz)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Superelectric - Kraak & Smaak: Dynamite

OK Go, Nadeem Mazen and Ali Mohammad - OK Go: Last Leaf

Directed by OK Go, Nadeem Mazen and Ali Mohammad
Produced by Shirley Moyers
Animation art by Geoff Mcfetridge, Champion Studio
Preliminary Animation by Nicholas Gibney

All 215 loaves of bread used in the making of this video were past their sell-by date and rescued from the clutches of certain disposal.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Marieke Verbiesen - Baskerville: Reloaded

Animated Musicvideo for dutch duo Baskerville

"A scientific experiment goes terribly terribly wrong"

Song: Reloaded by Baskerville
Written & Directed by: Marieke Verbiesen
DOP: Steven Frederickx
Puppetdesign: Neeltje Sprengers
Assistants: Demian Geerlings Vincent de Gooijer Mieke Driessen
Intern: Angel De Haro
Making Off: Isha Kersten Paul Segers
Thanks to: Ton Beetz Maaike Sietzema Maik Hagens Tim van der Heijden Joan Dunham Jeff Williams Wiepko Oosterhuis Snode Vormgevers De Fabriek Eindhoven Plaza Futura BEK 1.0 Tax Videoclipfonds

Supported by TAX videoclipfonds

Warren Fu - Daft Punk: Derezzed

D.A.D.D.Y. - N.A.P.H.I. (North American Halloween Prevention Initiative): Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?

Eric Power - Jeremy Messersmith: Organ Donor

Jeremy Messersmith - Organ Donor from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Jérémie Perin - Syd Matters: Hi Life

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chopsy - Architeq: Into the Cosmos

INTO THE COSMOS - Architeq/Chopsy from Chopsy on Vimeo.

“INTO THE COSMOS” is ChopsyAnimations ( first foray into the world of music videos, a tie-in with music maker Architeq from Tirk Records.

Originally it was conceived as a short film by Chopsy (director Darren Robbie), with a simple premise: “what happens to all the old vinyl people used to play? From out of attics, rubbish bins & forgotten shelving, the records are summoned to an old warehouse by a mysterious ‘collector’.”

Using a combination of stop-frame, pixilation, live-action & time lapse animation, it was shot in a variety of locations around Bristol & was created by shooting entirely in camera whenever possible (at other times multiple passes were combined). By shooting each frame within a specific timescale for the external shots, we see vinyl records interacting with the ever changing natural light & weather (dry or wet, sunny or cloudy) – if you look closely you can even see puddles drying out in a couple of shots.

The short film was created on & off over a period of 7 months by a bunch of friends between paid work, a real labour of love (it had no budget to speak of). It was shot in late winter earlier this year with the spring & summer being used to do all the post (mainly rig removal). All the records you see were cut before shooting, with new centre labels stuck onto them to create the desired visual effect of them spinning & bouncing through the ground, they were then animated on location using weighted rigs.

Architeq added the music & sound effects after filming finished & the first edit was completed. Rigs were removed, different passes combined & shadows cleaned up in AfterEffects. Motion capture on location was achieved by using Dragon software on a laptop, which was in turn powered by a portable caravan battery. Cameras used were the Canon Eos 5 & 7.

Credit list:

Director: Chopsy
Producer: Kev Harwood
DOP: Toby Howell
Animators: Darren Robbie, Inez Woldman (additional help: Wendy Griffiths, Ed Patterson)
Compositing: Jim Lewis, Bram Thweam, Darren Robbie
Appearances/pixellation: Ian Whitlock, Bobby Proctor, Robin Crowther-Smith
Rigging: Craig Atkinson
Gaffer (warehouse shoot): Clive Scott
Editor: Nikk Fielden

Daisuke Kitayama - Tahiti 80: Solitary Bizness

Tahiti 80 Solitary Bizness from Tahiti 80 on Vimeo.

Michiel ten Horn & Maarten J. Berkers - Seymour Bits: Put It Back Down

Directing & Concept;
Michiel ten Horn & Maarten J. Berkers

Seymour Bits ‘Put it back down’ Magnetron Music

Dirk Verschure
Ramon Oranje
Dirk Marbl
Michiel ten Horn
Maarten J. Berkers

Niels Hoebers
Lize Korpershoek
Ron Coppus

Post Production;
Rob Klunder, Kona Coast

Color Grading;
Joppo @ de Grot

Produced by;
Habbekrats, Julius Ponten & Frieder Wallis

With support of TAX Video Clip Fund

Habbekrats Ident (image & sound)

Thanks to;

Phillip Harthoorn,
Anne Haaze,
Sjakie the depressed dog,
Victor D. Ponten,
Jim Taihuttu,
Leonie van der Laan,
Zino Ponten,
Bibi Ponten,
Annabelle Wallis,
Levi Mika Wallis,
Japer Hesseling,
Erik Boom

Alasdair Brotherston & Jock Mooney - Clinic: Bubblegum

Clinic - Bubblegum from Alasdair & Jock on Vimeo.

Directors: Alasdair Brotherston & Jock Mooney

Producer: Richard Barnett

Animation: Layla Atkinson, Ben Brown, Tom Bunker, Jon Clarke

Music: Clinic

Commissioner: Bart McDonagh

Label: Domino Records


Jordan Kim - Sam Prekop: The Silhouettes

Sam Prekop - The Silhouettes from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Ryan Louie - The Depreciation Guild: Blue Lily

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Benjamin and Stefan Ramirez Perez - Inlets: Bright Orange Air

This video has really interesting visuals, but it challenges the encoding algorithms. I thought it looked like crap on Youtube but even on Vimeo it still doesn't play clearly. I'd like to see this in a properly encoded version where the visuals are crisp and clear.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cesar Díaz Meléndez - El Combolinga: No Corras Tanto

Take it easy-Sand animation and Stop motion.
Directed, animated,edited..Cesar Díaz 2008/09.
3 months working without any added effects or post production. Only a Photo camera, a ligth table and sand.
César is also member of the Band.


A remarkable piece of work packed with ideas flowing in and out and complementing the music.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Human Orchestra" - Video by Takashi Ohashi, music by Yoshito Onishi

Friday, September 24, 2010

Guy Collins - Washed Out: Belong

I really like this video for some reason I can't put my finger on. I love the way he manages to combine the disparate style of the drawings of the astronaut with the CGI planets. I love the simple narrative of trying to escape the planet. I love how it's all in one shot, and he maintains interest at every point and creates a sense of development, starting from a close-up look at the astronaut and then zooming out showing the destroyed planet then showing how time passes with the zooming of the planets and culminating with the suspenseful moment when the rocket launches and there's this pause where you wonder if it'll make it. I really admire the variety of style and technique in this and the previous two vids I've just posted by Guy Collins. Great work!! (and great choice of music in all vids)

Guy Collins - The Knife: Heartbeats (unofficial)

"Glitch" - Anim by Guy Collins, music by Leslie Wai (aka 1024mb)

An epic ode to the classic video games of my youth! I've been looking for a good chiptune music vid, and this is one of the best I've seen so far.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Impactist - Impactist: Spheremetrical (Here With You)

Promo for the track "Here With You" off of our Last Heist EP.
Available here:​music.html

All content and audio created by Kelly Meador & Daniel Elwing.

Watch all four Last Heist promos here:​album/​895864

Impactist Music: Fifty Purr-cent for Pets in September​u6PV

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Flightpattern" by Gwen Vanhee set to El Cargo by Amon Tobin

Audio responsive video exploration, based on audio input, randomness and mouse gestures.

Bonsai Ninja - Fare Soldi: Survivor

Aleix Pitarch - Prefuse 73: The End of Biters-International

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Takcom - Vital: Airport

VITAL "Airport"
Directed by TAKCOM

Use headphones. Play loud!
Pre-Download The Vital EP for free:

Music Producer: Chris Clark

Executive Producer: Frank Alioto Jr.
A&R: Mathias Sorum
Copyright ©2010
Black Sky Recordings LLC.


If you have ideas for visual installations using Vitals music, we would love to hear them. Email:

Matthew Santoro - Pelican: Final Breath

Pelican - Final Breath
Southern Lord Recordings/Scion Audio/Visual
Directed by Matthew Santoro

Available for purchase on iTunes starting December 22, 2009

Scion A/V Video Project. For more info and exclusive content visit us at

atarzyna Kijek & Przemysław Adamski - Tomasz Stanko Quintet: Grand Central

Video made with 1 km of yarn and four different flashlights and one lamp (Living Colors).
Yarn was shaken and illuminated in different ways and shot in stop motion.

More at:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Overture - Kira Kira: Bless

by Overture
music: Bless by KiraKira from her album Our Map to the Monster Olympics
An old man confronts his fears, traveling across a personal landscape to realize and accept his path.

Mathieu Foucher - Berry Weight: "Music For Imaginary Movies" album preview

This is Berry Weight's "Music For Imaginary Movies" album Preview.

Directed by Mathieu Foucher
Album Artwork by GWLGRAPHISME

Album is OUT now, you could listen it for free here :

A.F.Schepperd - Blockhead: The Music Scene

An animated mind melt into a post human New York where TV and animals rule. All cast to the sincerely melodic soul of Blockhead's 'The Music Scene.'

Directimated by A.F.Schepperd
Commissioned by Ninjatune Records
Music by Blockhead

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Alex Produkt & Kathleen Weldon - Patrick Watson: The Great Escape

Yu Sato - Lali Puna: That Day

directed by:Yu Sato
animation: Matt Cooper
2D Animation: Tim Divall, N.E.W
track: that day
artist: Lali Puna
album: our inventions
label: Morr Music 2010

Guillaume Blanchet - DJ Stern: Manouche

Titre : Manouche
Album : Digital bless (Leonizer Records)
Concept. & réal. : Guillaume Blanchet
Colo : Varial

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Nir Ben Jacob - Great Lake Swimmers: River's Edge

Saturday, September 4, 2010

WeAreSBK - Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint (unofficial)

Kwon Lee - Supreme Team: Step Up

music video for Korean hiphop duo, "Supreme Team"
concept based on illustration of 70s Korean national text book.

client : Amoeba culture

director + producer : Kwon Lee
director + animation : dizi
director of photography : Younghoon Lee
3D graphic : VKR design + VJ meshe

Simon War - Computers Want Me Dead: In Your Blood

Friday, September 3, 2010

Rhett Dashwood - Cypheraudio: Mite

Onesize - The American Dollar: Anything You Synthesize

Mirrorshade - Holy Fuck: Royal Gregory

Zoltan Lanyi - Amon Tobin feat. Bonobo: I'll have the Waldorf salad

Carolina Melis - Efterklang: Polygyne

An animation video directed by Carolina Melis in the fall of 2008. Polygyne is the opening song of Parades the acclaimed second album from October 2007 by Efterklang.

You can visit Carolina and her lovely art right here:

and Efterklang here:

Christian Borstlap - Clutchy Hopkins: Verbal Headlock

From the new Clutchy Hopkins album "The Story Teller" on Ubiquity Records. This track already awarded among the year's best on Gilles Peterson's Worldwide show on BBC Radio 1. Directed by: Christian Borstlap. Christian Borstlap is an amsterdam based art director and sometimes film director.

Rémy M. Larochelle - Pets: A Good Day For Telling Lies

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kadavre Exquis - Logo: La Vie Moderne

Fan Work-Unfinished project (LQ)

Réalisé par Kadavre Exquis (Unofficial)

LOGO (kitsune)

Kadavre Exquis

Unofficial Work

Monday, August 16, 2010

Post 500: Celebrating the pioneers of animated music videos

To celebrate the 500th post in this blog in less than a year, I'm turning back the clock today to examine how we got to this point - to the point of being blessed with a seemingly never-ending stream of creative animated music videos in every conceivable format and style.

Animation is now ubiquitous in our visual culture. So much of today's marketing output uses 'motion graphics' in some form or another, and much of this output blurs the line between advertising and pure audiovisual artistic creation. The animated music video is an amorphous concept in many ways. Though there are many clear instances of animated music videos that fit the obvious definition of a PV for a song from a band's new album, there are also many other videos that are slightly outside of that framework but that still function on a basic level as animated music videos. This blog has tried to cover the obvious instances as well as the gray area, because it's impossible to be clear cut, and no fun.

For animation fans like me who love nothing more than seeing a good blending of music and animation, we're lucky to be living through a veritable renaissance of animated music videos. That's what's made it possible for me to post 500 music videos in less than one year. (and I've been somewhat selective about what I post, too.)

Although the genre of the animated music video as it exists today may perhaps be more directly the issue of the music video culture that emerged in the 80s, I'll be taking a different perspective here.

I'll be looking at things through the lens of animation as a tool for interpreting music; or to put it another way, I'll be pointing out animated films from the last 100 years in which the animation and music are intrinsically tied to one another, to a greater extent than would be the case in a normal film, animated or otherwise - films where the symbiosis of music and audio creates a new form of expression that is not merely mimetic but operatic. Films where there is a two-way conversation going on. This is the spirit that is shared with today's music videos.

Looking back over the last 100 years of animation history, there are a lot of candidates that seem to point forward to the music video, ranging from the cartoonish to the experimental. There's no single, clear-cut approach that you can pinpoint as the forbear. Just like today's videos, there are any number of different approaches you can take to visually interpreting music, or otherwise creating an audiovisual work of art. And I'm not just talking about using different techniques from hand-drawn animation to stop-motion to CGI to pixellation. The visual interpretation can be abstract, as in experimental films like the Poeme Electronique, or figural, as in traditional animation series like the Silly Symphony; it can be ephemeral and not literally tied to the music, or it can be synced in a very obvious and literal way; etc.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the best audiovisual works of the last 100 years; I'm sure there are many important ones I've left out. (feel free to supplement this list) These are just some of the ones that spring immediately to mind as being among my favorite and/or among the more innovative and significant forebears of today's animated music videos.

Noburo Ofuji: The Black Cat (1929)

Noburo Ofuji was not only one of Japan's pioneering animators, experimenting with various techniques including Chiyogami paper animation and colored cellophane/silhouette animation; he was also a pioneer in animated music videos. The Black Cat was the result of Ofuji being inspired by Steamboat Willie (1928) to experiment with making a record talkie film. He took an existing song and created animation matched to the music, so that they sync when the film and the record are started simultaneously.

The Fleischer Studios' Screen Songs series (1929-1938)

The Screen Songs were a series of animated films set to popular songs of the day made by the Fleischer Studios between 1929 and 1938, featuring lyrics with a bouncing ball. This makes the Screen Songs one of the more obvious precursors of today's animated music videos, in which an animated video is made based on a pre-existing song.

Disney's Silly Symphonies series (1929-1939)

Over roughly the same time period, from 1929 to 1939, Walt Disney Productions produced 75 films in their Silly Symphony series of animated musical shorts. Flowers and Trees (1932) was the first Silly Symphony made in Technicolor. These are not music videos set to a pre-existing piece, but rather musical animation.

Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker: Night on Bald Mountain (1933)

Outside of the big mainstream studios, a lot of more art-oriented animated films in the early-to-mid 20th century were set to pre-existing classical music rather than popular music. Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker invented pinscreen animation with this film set to Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain. This is one of the masterpieces in the history of animation. It's remarkable how brilliantly achieved most of the complex movements in the shots are, considering the whole film was essentially shot 'blind', on the completely new and extremely laborious medium of the pinscreen, without the ability to check a shot once it was photographed and do retakes, or to 'flip' the paper as you're animating to make sure the movement is coming out right. Even more remarkable is how, after all these decades, the film retains its impact as an exciting and imaginative visualization of this great music - the hallmark of a great music video.

Oskar Fischinger: Allegretto (1936)

Fischinger, the father of visual music, set many of his films to popular pieces out of the shrewd realization that catchy, popular music would make his abstract imagery more accessible to audiences than dour classical music. Some of his films were even used as actual promo videos to advertise new record releases, making him not just the father of visual music, but also one of the pioneers of today's animated promo video. Allegretto is perhaps his most accessible and vibrant visual music creation. He made many other great musical animated shorts in the late 20s and early 30s, notably the 12 films in the Studies series (which Andreas Nilsson paid homage to in his video for The Knife's Silent Shout), but Allegretto benefits immensely from the color, adding another dimension to the visual interpretation of the music. It's an exuberant, rhythmic, catchy piece, one of the best examples of proto-music video.

Fantasia Night on Bald Mountain sequence (1940)

A very different visual interpretation of Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, this time the famous Chernabog sequence animated by Disney animator Vladimir "Bill" Tytla.

Len Lye: Free Radicals (1958)

New Zealand-born experimental film pioneer Len Lye made this film set to the music of the Bagirmi tribe of Africa by etching directly onto film, a technique earlier put to stellar use by Canadian Norman McLaren in Blinkity Blank (1955).

Edgar Varèse: Poème électronique (1958)

Electronic music pioneer Varèse composed this piece for the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, and architect Le Corbusier, who designed the pavilion, put together a film interpreting his music. (more info)

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (1968)

Directed by George Dunning, this feature-length musical set to the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was novel in format, draping animated interpretations of the various songs in the cloak of a loose narrative about animated renditions of the Beatles fighting off Blue Meanies to save Pepperland. The format is thus unique, a whole film unified in the same style set to songs by the same artist, unlike Fantasia, with its various segments directed by different teams set to unrelated pre-existing pieces of classical music. It's perhaps the most obvious precursor of the animated music video, and of music videos in general.

Norman McLaren: Synchromy (1971)

McLaren made many other films set to music that could be included here, but this is my favorite. (Notably, McLaren joined hands with the aforementioned Alexander Alexeieff to make a pinscreen video to the Quebecois folk song En Passant in 1944.) One of the great masterpieces of visual music, in this amazing film the visuals ARE the music. The music was made by etching patterns onto the soundtrack portion of a film, and these patterns were then photographed onto the film, so that the images you are seeing are actually producing the sounds you are hearing. It's the ultimate in visual music. Norman McLaren himself describes the procedure for the film in detail here. The low-quality Youtube video does not do this film justice - buy the McLaren DVDs to see it in good quality.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sergio Saleh - Macaco: Moving

BDA World 2010
Macaco Eearth Day Music Video For National Geographic Channels
FOX International Channels

Premios 40 Principales España 2009
Categoría Nacional Española
Mejor Videoclip Musical: Moving de Macaco *
*Premios elegidos por el jurado

NatGeo & Fox International VP´s: Florencia Picco, Rafael Sandor
NatGeo Branding Coordinator: Maricruz Castillo Merlo
Creative Director and Project Manager: Sergio Saleh
Executive Producer: Digital 1
Head of Production: Hernán Minetti, Leo Alvarez
Senior Producer: Pablo Encabo
Assistant Director and editor: Juani Libonatti
Designer: NatGeo International in-house
Animators: Ariel Cabrera, Walter Cuzzolino

Michael Kirkham and Vivien McDermid - Benni Hemm Hemm: Retaliate

Liam Stevens - My Robot Friend (feat. Jay Kauffman): My Robot Friend

Official music video for the acoustic version of "Waiting" by My Robot Friend (featuring Jay Kauffman).

Directed by Liam Stevens of MakeMake Studio, this stop motion animation is made entirely of pencil & cut paper and took just over three months to complete. Production and technical assistance; Chris Tozer.

Matthias 'moka' Dörfelt - Metope: Rebird (unofficial)

Metope describes his music as "seeming to long for a transformation of their digital being into flesh, and that by bit reduction they attempt to imitate life"(

The Kobol album containing the song Rebird has been one of my favourite electronic releases for a couple of years now. The delayed but otherwise pretty classic suspense curve aswell as the vital, yet minimal sound catched my attention right from the start.
Inspired by oldshool side scroller and jump'n'runs computer games I felt that a two dimensional movement would reflect the character of the song pretty well.
The songs sound has something really two dimensional and driving which gets underlined by this motion aswell.
The growing complexity and layering of the music is visually described by the emerging environment, which the three abstract lifeforms travel through. Refractive elements and layers have been used to accentuate the songs dissonant parts, and to contrast/refract the initial two dimensional look with something different.
My personal goal was to capture the whole motion as if it was an actual game/level, and thus without a single cut. Colour and gamma shifts were added to intensify the musical changes, where the simpel movement might not have been enough. They also serve to underline the suspense curve.
Finally I would like to add that in my opinion musical cognition or aesthetical perception in general is something really individual. I would never claim that this is the only correct visual interpretation of the song. It's my personal interpretation and I hope it's enjoyable for others too!

The Video was built in the context of the "Clips & Clicks" seminar at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts in Kiel which deals with the music video in the 21st century. Thanks to Prof. Tom Duscher, Sven Lütken and all the others giving me feedback!

Technical things:
My personal goal was to program the whole video myself, but instead of ending up with some sort of visualizer I decided to add a "storyline" which should reflect the characteristics of the song. I used c++( together with openGL and many GLSL shaders to achieve the look of the video. The video is not optimized for realtime use but still almost always runs at 30fps.
I experimented with raycasted isosurfaces alot in the past month. A few iterations can be seen here and
When the video idea slowly came along I immediately felt that they could maybe help me out in the process of making things more organic.
The biggest advantage of writing your own software as a designer/artist is that you are not bound to the capabilities of software but rather can create anything you have in mind (even though todays creative software is really powerful and great without any doubt). Furthermore I feel like you don't fall into software specific aesthetical patterns as much. (for instance you can often times tell that a video was created using Aftereffects)
Another very big plus is that you can easily reuse the code for live visuals, since it almost runs realtime anyways!

Unfortunately vimeo added some slight artifacts.

Thanks again to Metope of Areal Records for letting me use the song!

Non-Format - The Chap: Even Your Friend

Rimantas Lukavicius - Mario Basanov & Vidis feat Jazzu: I'll be gone

Director: Rimantas Lukavicius
CGI: Rimantas Lukavicius
Producers: Martynas Mickenas, Arunas Matacius
Production Company: RGB
Inspired by SOBIESKI
Year of completion: 2008

Single is available at:

Leah Morgan & Morten Leirkjaer - Tahuna Breaks: Giddy Up

Directed and Illustrated by Leah Morgan. Edited and Animated by Morten Leirkjaer. Produced by Fish N Clips Auckland, New Zealand. A cheeky song about a naughty topic visually depicted within a parody of a 70s childhood classic.
**contains adult content**

MaricorMaricar - Murder By Death: White Noise

Brainbow - Moby: Wait for Me

Jonas & François - Flairs: Better than Prince

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Arman Bohn - Arman Bohn: Brain Games

Drawn by hand on a Nintendo DSi using Flipnote Studio. Compositing and additional animation done in After Effects. Video clips shot on a Canon T2i and de-rezzed to match the Nintendo.

Detailed making info:

More info on the artist:

Aaron Copeland and Johnny Fitzsimons - Her Beautiful Ideas: The Guggenheim Grotto

//kneeon - John Brown's Body: The Gold (Dubmatix Runnin' Remix)

Directed by //kneeon!

//kneeon! teamed up with filmmakers from around the world to collectively create a music video for John Brown's Body.

The animators in order of their work's appearance:

Emiliano Ortiz

Daniel Middleton

Kim Souza

Tristian Goik

Kelly Goeller

Harry Teitelman

Mike Healey

Joey Abisso

Ed Davis

Daniel Middleton

Emiliano Ortiz

Barbara Fitz

Zach Weintraub

Will Torbett

Harry Teitelman

Aaron Copeland and Johnny Fitzsimmons

Song Credits:
John Browns Body - The Gold (Dubmatix Runnin Remix)
Additional Keys, Bass, Guitar, Organ, Programming, Melodica, Percussion: Dubmatix
Additional Saxophone: Paul White
Remixed at The Dub Factory (Toronto, Canada)

Music and Lyrics written by Elliot Martin and John Browns Body
All songs published by John Browns Body Music

Original Recordings Produced by Elliot Martin and Jason Jocko Randall
A&R: Seth Herman, Lem Oppenheimer & Eric Smith
Executive Producers: Eric Smith, Lem Oppenheimer, Remy Gerstein & Michael Goldwasser

Hanae Seida - Olney Clark: Tea and Thunderstorms

Hanae makes films, comics and zines.
For more stuff visit

David Harris - Carsick Cars: Mogu Mogu

Check out a cool interview with the lead singer of this Beijing indie rock band.

Amazing first music video by CARSICK CARS!!!

In the summer of 2008 we commissioned very-talented director David Harris to make the first music video for Carsick Cars... it took a while, but was worth the wait...

Directed by David Harris.
jeremy ball : spore monger
matt wakai : guy standing on top of washing machine holding a light
chen yi song : きのこ
fiona qi : mushroom eater
yun qing : jungle

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kristof Luyckx & Michèle Vanpar - Hermanos Inglesos feat. MeMe: Wanderland

Design: Kristof Luyckx & Michèle Vanparys
Art Direction: Kristof Luyckx
Editing: Stijn Deconinck & Kristof Luyckx
Animation: Michèle Vanparys, Michélé De Feudis, Dries Bastiaensen & Kristof Luyckx.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Justin Martinez and Gilberto Vega - Deerhunter: Famous Last Words

About three months in the making from concept to final video. Shot on a Canon Rebel XS using Dragon Stop Motion Software. Over 1,400 stills were shot. Over 500 still images of Jesse were photographed, printed, then cut out one by one. Dozens of lyrics were drawn, colored and cut out. Many rolls of gaff tape were used. We averaged about 5 seconds of animation per night, while working day jobs. The electricity was done in After Effects, as well as some of the opening scene lighting.

Tom Werber - Losers: Flush

Losers: Flush from Tom Werber on Vimeo.

Stephen Smith - cLOUDDEAD: Dead Dogs Two (Boards of Canada remix)

This is an unofficial video.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Special Problems - Flying Lotus: Mmmhmm

Man, this is...


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Conor J. O'Brien - Villagers: The Meaning of the Ritual

Conor J. O'Brien is the singer/songwriter of the band.

Ferry Gouw - Villagers: Becoming A Jackal

Monday, June 14, 2010

Jamie Hewlett - Gorillaz: On Melancholy Hill

Ivo Sousa & Matt Evans - Duval: Our Music

Duval - Our Music (Official Music Video) from Ivo Sousa on Vimeo.

Yoann Lemoine - Evergreen: Beautiful

Cocoe - La Casa Azul: La Nueva Yma Sumac

The new Yma Sumac (JP Version) from cocoe on Vimeo.

Thirtytwo - Wild Beasts: The Devil's Crayon

This is one of those videos where there's some animation but not as much as I'd like, so you
can't call it an animated music video, really, but more like a music video with animation... whatever.

John Sackey - Errors: Hans Herman

Kristofer Ström - Benga: Baltimore Slap

Benga — Baltimore Clap from Tempa on Vimeo.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mona Shafer Edwards (art) & Mikel Jollett (writer & director) - The Airborne Toxic Event: Neda

This video is a bit unusual for this blog - it's not technically a PV - but it's an interesting melding
of music video with political activism that deserves to be widely seen.

To purchase on iTunes (All proceeds benefit Amnesty International):

Take action now with Amnesty International at:

To learn more about the project:

Kelpe - Kelpe: Microscope Contents

Katrine G and Jacob Bue - Kasper Bjørke: Back & Spine feat. Fm Belfast

Option-G - The Submarines: You, Me and the Bourgeoisie

You Me And The Bourgeoisie · The Submarines from MGR on Vimeo.

Chubbard - Suckers: Easy Chairs

Suckers: Easy Chairs. Directed by Chubbard from Chubbard on Vimeo.

Snejina Latev - Here We Go Magic: Fangela

Fangela from Snejina on Vimeo.

This is Snejina Latev's second video collaboration with Here We Go Magic. Previously, she worked alongside director Nathaniel Johnson of directing team Peking ( in creating the vibrant kaleidoscopic Super-8 video for Tunnelvision. In this new solo effort for the song Fangela, she has meticulously interwoven charcoal animations, small sculptural elements, super-8 footage, stop-motion animation and homemade light effects. The video was composed almost entirely by hand. Snejina Latev is a New York-based artist and experimental filmmaker. She works in a wide variety of mediums and constantly explores new and innovative ways to execute ideas. She uses light and motion to compose form, often constructing her own devices in the process, resulting in images both concrete and ethereal.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Markus @ Team - Cars & Trains: The Sun Always Sets

The Sun Always Sets from Team on Vimeo.

Scott Pagano - Laura Escudé: Pororoca

pororoca from scott pagano on Vimeo.

An exploration through a mysterious underwater world inspired by the forms and movement of sea life and micro organisms. Hybrid organic and synthetic creatures undulate and wander through heavy waters in concert with the cinematic soundtrack.

Reno Bo - Reno Bo: There's A Light

"There's A Light" by RENO BO (Official Video) from Electric Western Records on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010