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Daedelus’ New Music Video Uses the Original GIF Machine

Wooden phenakistoscopes were engraved to create the music video for “Special Re:quest.”

by Nathaniel Ainley
25 November 2016, 1:10pm

Image courtesy of the artist

Before there was the GIF, people got their fix of short form animation from something called a phenakistoscope, a circular device invented in 1832 that created the illusion of a moving picture. Thanks to artist and designer Drew Tetz, the phenakistoscope is making a comeback in moving media entertainment. In the new music video for Los Angeles beat junkie Daedelus' "Special Re:Quest," Tetz creates a montage a trippy visuals with his own set of custom phenakistoscopes.

Screencap by the author

The phenakistoscopes in "Special Re:Quest" were produced through engraved wooden discs that Tetz fashioned to look like vinyl records on Daedelus’s turntables. When the records start spinning, multiple analog animations come alive on the surface of each disc, displaying things like a keyboardist playing a chord or a break dancer doing the splits.

The playful yet mesmerizing graphics are played in synchrony with the song’s drum and bass tracks, creating an interesting visual supplement to the psychedelic tune. In addition to the video, the "Special Re:Quest" project includes a PDF of phenakistoscopes that you can print out and play for yourself. 

"Special Re:Quest" is off Daedelus’ latest album, Labyrinths, which was recently released on his label Magical Properties. You can download your copy of the new album on Bandcamp and be sure to check out more work by designer Drew Tetz over on his website.


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