Monday, September 22, 2008


Yesterday I found this music video that was utterly absorbing. Sometimes, every now and again, I run into a music/visual collaboration that is totally moving ("Atmosphere" by Joy Division, "Rabbit in your Headlights" by UNKLE/Radiohead, etc.) but this is by a relative unknown so I must pass it on. Steve Reich/Philip Glass disciple Volker Bertelmann is Hauschka, a one man + many collaborators experimental pianist with charming folk sensibilities. His music tends to be less esoteric than his contempories, and thus, has that haunting quality that only a piano and a violin can have.

The video itself is made by a Massachusetts couple who do design/animation work under the name Overture who recently got a write up in a design competitor of ours named Die Gestalten. Apparently this is one of three videos they are doing for the composer. They are delightfully humble, and make this video a gorgeous combination of loss and hope, sadness and innocence. With the lingering music and over a backdrop of snaps and pops (electronic) the video is a narrative of a little plump bipedal creature exploring a land that looks like a still from Princess Mononoke, if it was done in water color.

"Eltern" by Hauschka

The album is out today, and you can buy it here.

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