Over the last few years Fractal Fantasy has become the world’s primary source for otherworldly textures, both aural and visual. The brain child of Barcelona-based producers Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones, Fractal Fantasy is not a label; it’s a nebulous platform for the creative energy of its founders, in collaboration with their contemporaries. These include names from across the global dance music spectrum: DJ Taye, MikeQ L-Vis 1990, and P. Morris and have all contributed, with visuals from Cyberlight and VL-TR. Until now Fractal Fantasy has exclusively released music videos, a slow drip of fantastical clips bursting with fluid metals and sci-fi aircraft. These videos channel a world of mind-bending materiality, where objects behave with an intensity bordering on eroticism.
Since the video series began, fans have begged for the chance to own songs like “Thunderscan,” Sinjin Hawke’s pummeling MikeQ collaboration, or “Neutrino,” Zora’s joint with DJ Taye of Teklife. Now, they can. On July 20, Fractal Fantasy will present its first release, Visceral Minds, which will collect their output to date along with two new variations in processing.
“The videos were initially supposed to be the only expression, however there's been so much demand for the music that we decided to make the songs available,” Sinjin explains. Visceral Minds, a reference to the Three 6 Mafia/Gangsta Boo Hypnotize Minds/Enquiring Minds era, reflects the visceral nature of the collaborative video series. "All animations, music and artwork were done in-house so these creations are a 100 percent raw, visceral representation of our minds,” notes Zora.
You can pre-order Visceral Minds on iTunes now.
Before the project drops, the founders broke down the stories of a few of Fractal Fantasy's videos:
Sinjin Hawke and P. Morris – “Ferrofluid”
"Ferrofluid is liquid with peculiar properties that reacts in interesting ways to magnetized inputs. Sachiko Kodama, a Japanese artist, was the first to experiment with ferrofluid installations and was a strong reference point for this piece. When making the song we tried to replicate the feeling of her ferrofluid sculptures, and for the video we programmed the liquid to procedurally react to the spectral output of the music."
DJ Taye and Zora Jones – “Neutrino”
"Neutrinos are neutrally charged particles given off by the sun that have the ability to pass through matter due to their extremely low mass. Most astrophysicists didn't believe they existed until they were proven using massive underground detector rooms filled with light bulbs submerged in water. The song Zora and Taye made was a very spastic tesla coil-driven piece that felt like it was produced in one of these facilities, so for the video we dreamt up a bunch of particle detector rooms and explored them."
L-Vis 1990 and Sinjin Hawke – “Flash Alert”
"Flash Alert was created during a flash flood in New York… L-Vis was getting flood alert messages on his phone, and we were marooned in the studio because of the torrential downpour outside. For the video we decided to create a cybernetic SMS organism warning of an impending flood, which eventually strikes at the end. Anecdotally, a few days after we made the song L-Vis played it at an outdoor festival in Chicago and a storm struck right as the song came on. His phone started getting even more flood alert messages, and the dancefloor flooded out. So I've always seen that song as something that has a weird mystic quality to it."
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