Traceloops’ animation gently brings Shigeto’s ‘Pulse’ to life
American independent label, Ghostly International have announced a new audio / visual series that sees visual artists team up with musicians to create innovative clips to their tunes. Deeming it, “Ghostly Interstitial”, the first instalment sees TRACELOOPS take on Ghostly signee, SHIGETO‘s, ‘Pulse’.
An animator specialising in black & white, hand-drawn pieces, (a common practise being that of continuous line drawing), TraceLoops has incorporated his Faceloops series to illustrate Shigeto‘s, ‘Pulse’. With a total of 720 frames of unique illustration pieced together and condensed into 48 seconds worth of animation, the stop-motion on loop has resulted in a simplistic, yet quirky design.
An absolutely gorgeous tune, Shigeto has gathered a collection of trinkets to create an orchestra of transcendence. Distant chants and abrupt exhaled breaths come and go, with the wooden sounds of a xylophone being struck; causing friction against the plugged-in harmonising purr, and the twinkle of what sounds like shards of delicate glass hanging as chimes, softly hitting against one another in the fleeting wind.
Steadily pieced together by the consistent, soft-pounding beat present throughout, ‘Pulse’ correlates with the visual character’s placid face of symmetry; constantly ripping apart & realigning, inverting shades & rotating on a loop, yet somehow falling within the correct timing of the aforementioned back beat. Choosing the sonic element of the song that remains present and humble, this marriage of audio and visual could not have been connected at a more important place; for the balanced timing of this reverberating, reoccurring thud suddenly becomes the heartbeat that so aptly relates to the title of the song.
A truly inspirational collaboration, keep your eye out for future Ghostly Interstitial pieces.
Check out more of TraceLoops‘ magic on his website.
Words by Hannah Galvin.