Music: Australian animation studio Dropbear utilised in excess of 340 painted cassette tapes and floppy disks to create the stop-movement animation in this music video for producer Opiuo’s new track Quack Fat.
Dropbear’s video for Quack Body fat, which is taken from the Australia-based mostly DJ and producer’s 2014 album Mereki, characteristics animated recreations of traditional video video games – including Tetris, Area Invaders and Megaball – made from tapes and diskettes.
“I grew up listening to music on cassettes and Walkmans, so I thought it would be a great idea to deliver back the cassette and other retro issues from my childhood and include them into a music video,” Dropbear founder Jonathan Chong informed Dezeen. “I like the juxtaposition of Opiuo’s new sound and the retro imagery.”
Chong painted 240 cassette tapes and 108 floppy disks to make the video, which consists of over 2800 still photos animated at 25 frames per 2nd.
“I had to source a lot of cassettes from second-hand outlets,” Chong explained. “You’d be stunned that they had been fairly tough to discover. I suppose cassettes aren’t as well-known as they utilized to be.”
The floppy disks had been easier to get hold of, nevertheless.
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“I’m a big hoarder,” Chong admitted. “Some of the disks have been in boxes that I would been storing for ages. All that hoarding lastly paid off!”
The video game sections in the video are interspersed with sequences featuring a boombox and an previous yellow Sony Walkman, which opens and closes in time to the music.
“I wished to make an ode to those retro objects and also develop a vibe that would match the power of the music,” Chong mentioned.
“The yellow Walkman was ideal as a ‘main character’,” he extra. “I have had several people inform me that they had owned that walkman when they were youngsters, so I believe it actually resonates.”