it’s multi-versal; pages and journals.
My journey here is ended soon –
we blow eternal.
My mind expands
with widening strands
of indigo and purple.
This music’s not commericial,
We’ve been watching Ori Toor make shit since first discovering the ‘unofficial’ music video he created for Animal Collective’s Lion in a Coma. Since then he’s made a few more and each exhibit his distinct ‘stream of consciousness’ style of staggered-and-repeating organic, undulating shapes. Ori’s approach has subtely shifted in each of them but they’ve all, for the most part, remained abstract studies in colorful form. The attached, his latest, veers into new territory and I’m absolutely loving how he’s mixed in some representational imagery to compliment the usual assortment of evolving, fluid structures.
It’s my favorite Ori-joint yet and easily an ‘instant classic’ of the site…it’d be a crime to watch this in anything but full-screen HD. Oh and a nice pair of bass-friendly headphones is a must, too; Kingdom Crumbs knows how to properly fatten-up the bottom end of their kicks and basslines and you’ll want to rattle-and-bathe in each one.
Speaking of which, I picked up their eponymous album this morning and have been listening to it while I cobble together this post. It’s thoughtful, positive, mellow, rambling-in-a-good-way hip-hop undergirded by some spacey, out-there synthesizers and easily worth the ten bucks in iTunes. If you’re strapped for cash, head over to Bandcamp and name-your-price; even the most frugal of budgets can accommdate a few cents, right?
Takashi Ohashi‘s animation in this music video for cokiyu reminds me of both bleeple’s 2D moving collages and Ori Toor’s layered undulations. They all share a foundation of smooth, psychedelic abstraction but Takashi’s shapes veer away from pure form to conjure an alien landscape of playful, swimming organisms. It’s smooth-as-fuck, too – clearly he sweats the details, something I always appreciate.
Speaking of which, I’m a big fan of the ‘color-echo’ effect that makes it’s first appearance from 1:41-2:06, reappears at 2:47 and spools up to a crescendo from 3:17 to 3:47. It probably looks good on your phone, sure, but it’s one of those bits of subtle animation that’s magic on a big screen in a dark room so, if you’ve got access to a similar environment, I suggest you experience it there.
P.S. If you’re diggin’ this, definitely watch Chunkothy next.
Gabriel Rud wrote in with some monochromatic, twitchy, morphing visuals he created for Argentine composer, Daniel Melero. It’s as if you’re peering into an electron microscope, witnessing the birth of some strange new organism.
“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 Coma – wrote 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!