Emanuele Kabu – Helio Sequence Music Video

May 26, 2015
by Tim Rabjohns

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/126725607 w=573&h=322]

Kaleidoscopic was the word that came to mind when Emanuele Kabu sent in his latest music video for  The Helio Sequence’s new album out on Sub Pop Records.  I was trying to think how I would describe it to a friend – geometric, relentless, cheeky and very colourful would be a start, but that wouldn’t give you a feel of a sort of animated Kandinsky meets Mondrian style of animation.  In short, I love it!

Emanuele Kabu for dotmogo Helio SequenceI was curious about how he came up with concept, so I got to talking with him to get the scoop – he told me: “I had a lengthy discussion with the band about what sort of “mood” they envisioned for the video.  I also read the lyrics and I asked them to tell me about the song (from words and sentences to abstract concepts) and why they wrote it.  After this process we ended up with an idea about a colourful/bizarre video which constantly changes and never quite settles down into a fixed form.”

This concept of constant change informed the techniques that I ended up using.  This chopping and changing was super interesting for me as it was the first time I ever did something like this.

The video is mostly hand drawn and then digitised (using a scanner) and edited. I used lot of different tools: markers, watercolours, ink, white out, acrylics and I did some completely digital animation too.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/109646305 w=573&h=322]

At this point I’d like to talk about another strange but wonderful video which Emanuele has on his site, the simple but direct – 31 Ways To Say Fuck Off.  Apparently it started as a joke.  The rules were simple – keep it simple (it must be able to made in to a GIF), it must loop, and must have a middle finger in every animation.  Most of them are available separately as animated gifs here.

So there you go a short peak into the strange but beautiful mind of Emanuele Kabu – let us know what you think….

Credits: all direction and animation Emanuele Kabu.

Emanuele Kabu for Helio Sequence on dotmogo 2



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