Betamax Vfx Breakdown
Neither-Field – Breakdown for the “Betamax” music video.
State Shirt – Betamax – Official Music Video
Music by: State Shirt
Video by: Scott Pagano / Neither-Field
About State Shirt’s album Lost Hills:
There is this recurring dream that I have. Everything I grew up with and everything I know about my past—the places, the memories, my family, my friends, my pets—are replaced with a sprawling empty city, devoid of any life. I move around at night, homesick, frantically looking for any sign of my past but can only find an orange glow of city streetlights, and a maze of buildings, concrete, and asphalt—all in decay. It’s taken me years of reliving this dream to finally realize what it was trying to tell me, with the help of Alan Watts: “The past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”
I started writing music for Lost Hills as a way to set free this illusion of past and future, to let go of the nostalgia of my childhood and release the persistent, crippling anxiety over what is to come. Lured back to the memories of my 1980s youth, Lost Hills is a collection of weird, slow-motion future-retro synthpop saturated with Betamax-modulated, reverb-drenched synths, delay-soaked staccato guitars, obsolete nu-disco grooves, ice particles floating above peaceful harmonies, along with intimate stories of loss, unmanageable fear, and paralyzing regret. A record inspired by the synthpop of the past, and a sentimental dream of synthpop from the future. Lost Hills is depressing music you can dance to.
About State Shirt:
Deep within the sprawl of Los Angeles, State Shirt organizes the sounds of obsolete electronics and thrift store guitars. State Shirt is the alias of Ethan Tufts, who has become known for his atmospheric and imaginative songwriting, ghostly harmonies, and warm bedroom production that mashes up electronic and acoustic sounds over hand-crafted loops. All of his songs are open source and Creative Commons licensed, providing raw materials for hundreds of remix artists to create new works based on his source tracks. His songs have appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, movies, and thousands of non-commercial and non-profit video projects.
About Scott Pagano:
Scott Pagano is the creative and production lead of Neither-Field, a boutique animation studio based in Los Angeles. His work fuses an extensive career of design and technical exploration into a myriad of projects for studios, brands, and performers. Pagano takes inspiration from both natural and man-made worlds to create forward-thinking work while keeping the arc of art history and image-making in mind as he contributes to the evolution of visual culture. He is known for having created music videos and concert graphics for many notable musicians: Skrillex, Zedd, The M Machine, Dyro, Flying Lotus, Wolfgang Gartner, and BT.
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