Sam Hill - 29th Oct 2012

More a creative audio/visual collaboration than music video, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles under its MOCAtv guise has allowed animator Galen Pehrson to team up with rap act Death Grips to create True Vulture. Galen previously featured at MOCA with his short El Gato, featuring the voices of actor James Franco and singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart. It's a character design masterclass and it's paintbrush visual style is inspired.

If you're a fan of madcap journeys in the style of Chad Vangaalen, then you're going to love this.

"Death Grips music is so powerful I set out trying to make a visual experience that could dance with rather than push back against the audio," says Galen "From the beginning I wanted the audio and the visual parts to comprise a third experience which sort of pokes it head through as the short film aspect.

"The animation process is very primitive but that makes it also very rewarding, the feeling when the world and the characters come together and start to come to life is a huge rush. I was looking at it as less of a music video and more of a short film with a Death Grips track cast as a character. I worked with Thom Monahan on the sound engineering and the mix, and we tied the audio track to the morphing-comet-object and mixed it more as diegetic sound than soundtrack. We tried to physically put the music in the world I had animated."

Death Grips
True Vulture
Direction/animation: Galen Pehrson
Score: Death Grips
Voices: Jena Malone
Sound engineer: Thom Monahan
Additional sound design: Jena Malone
Producer: Sara Cline/The Masses
Commissioned By MOCA

Sam Hill - 29th Oct 2012

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