Saturday, 9 August 2008

Koichiro Tsujikawa & Cornelius "Omstart"

Omstart is one of a number of animated music videos created by the Japanese director, Koichiro Tsujikawa, for his strikingly original countryman Cornelius (a.k.a. Keigo Oyamada). Omstart has a puppy-like creation created from a single tear in a dream-like landscape of soft grey. The puppy is notable for having two chimneys, one as head, the second as tail. From the "tail" blobs and blocks emanate and are dropped neatly into the "head" in a continually recycled series of shapes. I don't see anything symbolic in the activity though it is an arresting visual feast to complement the pleasant, atmospheric voice of the musician. I confess I did not know which of the varied videos put out by artist and animator to focus on, Omstart being, I think, the latest: you might try Like A Rolling Stone, with stones circulating and being replaced by huge crowds of rotating model people; or Sleep Warm in which actual footage of a sleeping young boy has various animated layers superimposed above him including clouds and words like "love"; or, my favourite, Sensuous, featuring hypnotic swirls of liquid paint. For the animator, part of the fun is working out exactly how Koichiro has created this wondrous imagery. Born in 1972, he commenced his career in graphic design, moving into short films in 1999. In 2002 he was awarded the Resfest festival's Audience Music Choice Award, again for his collaborative work with Cornelius for Drop (Do it Again). In this quite amazing - but, then, all his output is amazing - animation the movement of water droplets exactly mirror the music. Do visit the musician's website or that of Koichiro Tsujikawa himself. A trek round YouTube will also reveal other work from this outstanding and distinctive animator. Tomorrow I commence what will be a regular feature, the Sunday Classic.

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