Directed / Animated by Ryan McShane aka RY NO
Taken from the mini-album 'The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam' released 22nd June 2015 via Brainfeeder.
07 Jul Les Ardentes Festival, Liège, Belgium 08 Jul North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands 09 Jul Pohoda Festival, Trencin, Slovakia 14-18 Jul Camp Bisco, Scranton, PA, USA 16 Jul Halifax Jazz Festival, Halifax, NS, USA 17 Jul Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL, USA 06 Aug Vanguard Music Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark 07 Aug Off Festival, Katowice, Poland 08 Aug Sugar Club, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland 09 Aug Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK 11 Aug Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden 12 Aug Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway 14 Aug Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland 27 Aug Afropunk Fest, Brooklyn, NY, USA 10 Sep OnBlackheath Festival, London, UK 15 Sep Brainfeeder at Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, USA SOLD OUT 16 Sep Brainfeeder at Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, USA - http://bit.ly/28VNjCo 17 Sep Brainfeeder at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, USA - http://bit.ly/28RkrHI
"I was born in 1995, the year Kids came out and Jerry Garcia passed away, and I've been drawing ever since.
15 years later I dropped out of high school to spend a couple of years indoors, drawing in my room. One night in August 2013, I drew a fake cover for Captain Murphy's ‘Between Villains’. I posted it to Twitter and the villain himself retweeted it, and so did Thundercat.
Thundercat and I started chatting over Twitter after that – fast forward to 2015, I'm working at digital ventures practice Josephmark and motion studio Breeder, and making pictures and music on the weekends.
Then ‘Where The Giants Roam’ drops, I'm nearing the end of a two week break where I've been spending indoors, drawing in my room. When I heard ‘A Song For The Dead’, this part – 1:49 – gave me the idea to animate. I wanted to animate this few seconds of a transformation as the sound spins around in stereo. But I had a few days free, so I decided to block out a full video. Super rough, black and white, with NASA footage backgrounds – I had a bunch on hand that I found whilst researching for Breeder's The Expanse titles – and then I just sent it to Thundercat.
He loved it. So I was locked into it now, my first big solo animation. Naturally, the way I work, I made it even harder for myself – adding colours and extra seconds. Shout out to Breeder co-worker Alex Gee for suggesting I add colour.
Six months later, I'm backstage at Thundercat’s show in Brisbane. Talking about art and Kendrick, drinking Hendricks." - Ryan McShane