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Watch New Brandt Brauer Frick Video
John Doran , March 8th, 2011 08:51

Quietus favourites, orchestral, acoustic techno sorts Brandt Brauer Frick have produced a new video for the song 'Caffeine' which is taken from their recent album You Make Me Real.

Directors Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna had this to say about the "visual metaphor" of 'Caffeine': "As acoustic sounds are put together electronically, hand drawn images are animated by traditional and computer media. We wanted to make a parallel with the music: analogue drawing + analogue instruments / mechanical aesthetics + mechanical rhythms / Minimal sounds + minimum visual language. Intrigue and suspense as a result.

The making of the video was meticulous and systematic: we used traditional hand-drawn animation combined with 2D computer software for the compositing and editing. The illustrations of the backgrounds and figures are drawn with pencil on paper, and coloured digitally (mostly gray scales with some colour). In order to portray a cold and distant atmosphere the artwork and compositing were projected isometrically as in infography and old videogames.

We created the story inspired by the album's artwork and adapting an older script we had about a man that lived in a world of shadows. We wanted to use iconic places of the urban landscape, places everyone would recognize and directly associate with the first years of Twentieth Century modern imagery. We also wanted to create suspense and a surprise at the end, something that would lead the story to a new beginning.

The cover artwork for the album You make me Real lead us into a short narration inspired by Walter Benjamin, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, René Magritte, Oskar Nerlinger, M. C. Escher, and Jacques Tatie: In a mechanical world of men, a mass of identical people start their day with coffee. At a certain point of a typical working day, one of them wants a break from his routine."

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