Posts tagged 'Abstract'

Alsatian Darn

“Found a way and I feel like I shouldn’t let go;
Drop a bomb on the spots where my doubt streams grow.
What to do when the things that I want don’t allow,
For the handful of mouths that I’m trying to feed.”

Ori Toor – the super talented dude behind Lion in a Comawrote in to let us know about another ‘unofficial’ video he just created for the fantastically ethereal Alsatian Darn by Panda Bear. It’s chock-full of abstract undulating organic shapes that serve as a wonderful soup to the tune’s dreamy, meandering sandwich. In other words: a multi-sensory feast for the eyes and ears. Make sure this shit’s not just full-screen but 1080p full screen. Grab your headphones, too.

We love what you’re up to, Ori; thanks so much for writing in! Oh, and a big thanks goes to one of our regular readers/contributors, Sam Lillard, who also suggested we check out this same video. Cheers!

[ Panda Bear - Alsatian Darn (unofficial video by Ori Toor) ]


Cheers to Chloe Hayward for the top-notch direction on this abstract, futuristic and monochromatic video for DELS, an Ipswich-based graphic designer/producer/MC. He was plenty busy churning out videos/tunes before signing a three-album deal with Big Dada this past May so our expectation is that DELS has lots more fantastic collaborations in the works. Enjoy!

[ DELS - 'Capsize' (Official Video) ]

Let’s Face Symmetry

Argentine motion/design house 2veinte took a break from their for-pay work to create thirty seconds of strange, bizarre, colorful animation backed with some very nice sound design by Martin Salfity (so grab your headphones). Enjoy!

[ Let's Face Symmetry ]


Whoa. This one is weird. And wonderful. And trippy. And bursting with colo– well it’s a lot of things, OK? ‘blackhole’ is definitely one of those music videos you want to watch full-screen with the headphones on and the volume up. Both the visuals and the tune were created by super-talented arjanM. Prepare for a bask in the bizarre, friends!

Big ups to IntellJ for sending this fantastic little suggestion our way! Cheers!

[ blackhole ]


“Filmed using a Motion Control Camera Rig. No computer generated effects or compositing utilized.”

I’ve watch this video a few times now and have been trying to figure out how Calvin Frederick pulled off such fluid movement sans computer generated effects/compositing. It’s not just impressive filmmaking techniques that drew me to ‘Bermuda’; it’s kaleidoscopic abstract aesthetic, vaguely unsettling music (by Daniel Walter Eaton) and infinite hall-of-mirrors framing all combine to create a truly intriguing viewing experience. It’s a feast for the eyes, friends. Enjoy the strangeness!

[ Bermuda ]

Love Hits The Fan

I was checking out the tumblr of one of our regular readers/contributors, Britlee, a couple nights back when I came across this video that Rocco Pezzella, Andrea Staiano and Francesco Castellani directed and produced for the London based upbeat french-house-filter-disco-sample-mashing electro outfit, Phonat. Lots of nice abstract high definition visuals that twitch, flash and evolve in step with the uplifting party tunes. Good times all around folks; enjoy!

[ Phonat - "Love Hits The Fan" music video via INSTRUCT ME HOW TO DOUGLAS ]

High Hopes

Absolutely loving this abstract, monochromatic, slow motion, abstract and positively gooey music video that Romain Glé and Thomas Séon turned out for Team Ghost. We love how the visuals slowly evolve in complexity right along with the steady progressing intensity of the tune. Our only gripe? Don’t worry, it’s a small one: no HD. This kind of stuff begs to be seen big and sharp with the volume cranked.

[ Team Ghost - High Hopes ]

Last Known Surroundings

Ptarmak (direction), Sissy Emmons (illustration) and David Hobizal (animation) teamed up to create this abstract, mysterious and psychedelic music video for the Austin-based post-rock outfit Explosions in the Sky. Good stuff, friends.

A big thanks goes to Niko for bringing it to our attention.

[ Explosions in the Sky - Last Known Surroundings Official Music Video in HD ]

Partitura 001

“Inspired by the studies of artists such as Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oscar Fischinger and Norman McLaren, the images generated by Partitura are based on a precise and coherent system of relationships between various types of geometries. The main characteristic of this system is its horizontal linear structure, like that of a musical score. It is along this linear environment that the different classes of abstract elements are created and evolve over time according to the sound…more

It’s Saturday night! What are y’all up to? Can I make a suggestion? Watch the attached video on the largest, highest resolution screen you’ve got and run the sound through the best speakers/headphones available. Enjoy!

Oh! Right! The credits! Partitura is an ongoing collaborative software project between Abstract Birds and Quayola that’s built in vvvv. Tunes by Telefon Tel Aviv.

[ Partitura 001 ]

Shift v2

Short but sweet; Jimmy Yuan of mirari brings the abstract, tightly animated goodness. From the looks of their website, mirari has only released short bits like SHIFT v2 thus far but we’re hoping they tackle a longer-form project soon.

[ SHIFT v2 ]


“Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but indifferent.”Richard Dawkins

Everything about ‘Loom’ is right: the animation, the pacing, the gorgeous sound design, the cinematography, the concept – everything. Don’t watch this until you’ve got some time set aside to really soak it in. That means headphones, full-screen, HD, dimmed lights and your full, undivided attention; prepare yourself for a treat.

Cheers to Polynoid for the fantastic execution: direction by Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck and Csaba Letay, technical direction from Fabian Pross and sound design by Joel Corelitz of waveplant. Lots of other talented folks were involved so be sure to check out the full credits.

Some well deserved gratitude is owed to Sam Lillard for the excellent submission: thanks, Sam!

[ Loom ]

No Brain

I came across this little gem last night when I was browsing around the Vimeo Staff pics (one of the mountain-born tributaries that regularly flow down into rivière de La Tripatorium™) and knew it had to be posted soon as possible. Soon after, I checked the submissions and found out that one of our readers, Dan Allen, had send it in that very same day. KISMET!

On the Mueller scale of trippiness – as I’m sure you recall from your third grade earth-science lessons – ‘No Brain’ rates at a respectable 9.2835/10 which puts it in league with such favorites as The Music Scene, Combination Spawns and The Parachute Ending. In other words: shit is dope.

You know the drill: volume up, lights dimmed, headphones on and full-screen. Oh! Right! The credits! Direction by Fleur & Manu, production DIVISION Paris and post production by MATHEMATIC. Enjoy!

Related: If you dug this then you’ll definitely enjoy Rogier van der Zwaag’s video for Grindin’ by Nobody Beats The Drum.

[ Etienne de Crecy - No Brain ]

Another World

The first CD I purchased with my own money was a used copy of Dig Your Own Hole by The Chemical Brothers, an album which instantly became (and still remains) one of my all-time favorites. I’m happy to report that they’re still making awesome music and hiring the right kind of folks to craft their videos. Speaking of which, ‘Another World’ features direction and visuals by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall. Enjoy!

Related: You should feel what I feel…

[ The Chemical Brothers - Another World ]

Lion in a Coma

We’re absolutely loving Ori Toor‘s final illustration project from the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design. He describes it as a ‘stream of consciousness animation’ that was pieced together frame-by-frame in flash sans any script or prior planning. It’s just marvelous, fluid and über-trippy. Full screen and headphones are a must folks. Tunes by Animal Collective.

A big thanks goes to Aaron Smith for another great submission. Cheers!

[ Animal Collective - "Lion in a Coma" ]


Astrophonica commissioned Emilski & Nick Duggins of UTILE to put together a video for their upcoming Fracture & Neptune retrospective LP. The abstract, hand-drawn psychedelic visuals are a fitting compliment to the cosmic, spaced-out drum ‘n bass sound of ‘Customtone’ and we’re confident you’ll dig it as much as we did. To hear more from the album head on over to Fracture & Neptune’s soundcloud account (my personal favorite is their bass-heavy remix of Stu Haxton’s ‘Miss Sunrise’). Grab those headphones and enjoy!

[ Astrophonica & UTILE present - Fracture & Neptune ft Martin Fieber - Customtone official video ]

Ink + Water: Alberto Seveso

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Italian artist/designer/illustrator/photographer, Alberto Seveso, dropped colored ink into water and then photographed it at high-speed. Brilliant. He was kind enough to create a series of hi-res wallpapers using the same technique. Also brilliant. See more of Alberto’s work on his website.

[ Disastro Ecologico (wallpaper serie) via Unstage ]

1923 (Heaven)

“1923 aka Heaven is one of two animation loops directed by Max Hattler, inspired by the work of French outsider artist Augustin Lesage. 1923 is based on Lesage’s painting ‘A symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World’ from 1923.”

If we ever get time travel sorted out it’d be wonderful to go back to the 1920s and show Mr. Lesage what kind of art we’re making in the 21st century. I’d imagine he properly flip out.

Max also created a companion piece – 1925 aka Hell – that you might be interested in seeing as well. Oh, and before I forget…PROTIP: After you click play, right-click (or control+click if you are using a single-button mouse on a Mac) inside the video and select ‘Turn Loop ON’ for an infinite journey. Enjoy!

[ 1923 aka Heaven (by Max Hattler) ]


Andrey Nepomnyaschev brings the abstract weirdness with some brilliant use of cloth animation. This, combined with Studio Takt‘s killer sound design (grab your headphones), makes ‘ZEROING’ a stand out.



“Metamaterials are artificial materials engineered to have properties that may not be found in nature.”

Wow. This is just awesome. Dima Grubin is one talented dude. Dim the lights, click full screen and don the headphones for this one cause it’s an all around treat. See more on Dima’s Vimeo page.

[ Metamaterial ]

Black Liquid

This bizarre, abstract, minimal black and white animation was created by German animator Dmitry Zakharov. Appropriate, haunting sound design by coresplittaz.

[ Black Liquid ]