Friday, April 15, 2011

Visual Remix

About four years ago, I started toying with the idea of creating a "visual remix" - a sequential visual representation of a song, kind of like a music video in graphic novel form. I know an artist who did a cool song-as-comic long time ago, but I want mine to be a bit more free-form. Abstract elements and textures will represent patterns and sounds of the music, in addition to the characters carrying the story. I wanted to do it with a Depeche Mode song, but never got around to it.

I was at a concert last month, where an artist from Denmark, Oh Land, opened. I'd been hearing some buzz around them from friends who'd been following the headliner - the buzz was warranted! Her music is a visual feast! An eclectic blend of synth electronica and R&B-inspired beats and a silky almost jazz-style vocal.. delicious.

I love fairy tales, and have been mulling on a Red Riding Hood-inspired story called "La Luna" for years. It's a dark love story with dysfunctional royalty, legends gone awry and three little pig-witches. At the concert, one of Oh Land's songs struck me like a two-by-four: it could be the ending theme if this story were animated. It's a haunting but magical sounding tune called "Wolf & I." For YARNS, I'm thinking I'll create a "visual remix" of this song using the characters from this story.

Watch/listen to the song:

Oh Land- Wolf & I (Live) from Oh Land Music on Vimeo.


  1. Hauntingly beautiful, Miss Leliel. Glad to see you are pushing the possibilities of this story form.

  2. It sounds like you're thinking of doing something that is nothing like "Take On Me" by A-Ha. You may enjoy checking it out though.