An energetic, thoroughly captivating abstraction… an example of outstanding collaboration in new-media animation and art…
Divisional Articulations is a super trippy audiovisual collaboration between Max Hattler and composer Lux Prima. Repetitions and distortions of synths and bass, squares and circles create an electronic feedback loop that spawns endless arrays of divisional articulations in time and space.
Director: Max Hattler
Music: Lux Prima
Animation: King Lam Chan, Po Yi Chan, Hinyi Cheuk, Ka Man Chow, Cheuk Hei Kai, Tsz Ching Kwan, Hau Ying Lui, Ka Man Luk, Ngai Wan Ma, Cheuk Lam Mui, Kam Ian Sio, Susan Sun, Qi Yu Teo, Ka Yiu Wong, Crystal Yip, Ka Man Yu, Max Hattler
Code: Sune Petersen
Hédi Benyounes is a French illustrator and musician. He creates graphics under the name Graphik H. Drawing anything from cool celebrity portraits to surreal tattoo themed portraits. You can see other illustrations of his on Tumblr and Instagram.
Hédi also creates music under the name H1987. You can download a free album on his Bandcamp and check out even more music on his Soundcloud. After watching his video for ALASKA we got to talking about the creative process behind his artwork.
Q. Skateboarding seems to be a theme in the ALASKA video, do you skateboard? What do you do for fun?
I love skateboarding. I did a few years when I was younger, but today I draw and create music.
Q. How do you describe your process when it comes to rotoscoping? Do you film? Do you have a favourite software? Where do you get your inspiration?
For the ALASKA video, I used images found on the internet and worked in photoshop drawing image by image.
On the other hand for my COLOR video, I used a process where I drew on sheets and scanned them.
Q. In your music your drums sound like a cool mix of synthetic and acoustic sounds but still played, do you play drums? The MPC? What’s your favourite way to make beats?
For my music, I do everything by computer. I do not play any instrument. I use sampling a lot. I mix the samples with my own compositions so that neither one nor the other is recognized.
Q. When I listen to your old beats and work my way up to H1987 – ALASKA, it seems like the progression is from direct beats to a more sparse and ambient style. What are your musical influences? What are you listening to now?
Indeed, I have been composing music since 2005 and there has been an evolution towards some more atmospheric things. I listen to more and more composers like Philip Glass who inspires me a lot. I listen to a lot of different things depending on my mood. I like to discover new music every day so I search in the old songs and the new ones. I do not really have a definitive playlist.
To find out more about what fuels Graphik H / H1987 – Hédi Benyounes creativity, I asked if he would share a few things he personally found inspiring.
For capturing the motion of skateboarding Hédi mentioned this Rodney Mullens video.
For drawing and animation style, Hédi suggests this Morgan Gruer – Reflections video, a short 2d animated film composed of approximately 1,100 individual drawings.
And for music have a listen to pianist and composer Philip Glass play his piece Mad Rush.
When I was a child I use to listen to the well tempered synthesizer by Wendy Carlos and marvel at the sounds I was hearing. So when I saw this video in my news feed with a similar title I had to check it out, and sure enough I wasn’t disappointed. The well tempered clavier for sinfini music explores Bach’s 24-part comprehensive study in every major and minor key. For the key of C major, Bach had created 2 wonderful compositions, which this video explores through a very creative use of sound design and computer animation.
Hotaru Visual Geurilla is a group of new media artists and specialists that develop new visual experiences by pushing the boundaries of art and technology. They have recently released a new HD 6 video VJ pack of seamless loops called Iron Machines. The loops look great, featuring primary colored metallic 3d geometry with cool lighting and movement. They can be purchased here. Check out some of the other cool stuff from Hotaru Visual Geurrilla on vimeo.
Galen Pehrson’s The Caged Pillows is a surreal short film exploring the isolation of technology and media consumption. The soundtrack has great artists like Daft Punk, Death Grips, Future Islands and Devandra Banhart. Voice actors include the likes of Jena Malone, Rose McGowan, Gemma Ward and James Franco. The piece was originally commissioned for the launch of ruinsmag.com, a think piece digest with a focus on stimulating conversation around urban futurism. You can watch the film here on Vimeo.