Electronic music is now at an age where its having kids, looking after the old folks, mounting responsibilities and a nostalgia for the days gone by. Gone are the simpler days of having to wait seven minutes for a file to upload or have your finger paused to record your favourite track off the radio. Now at a touch of a button we can hear a track released minutes before in the webosphere.Opiuo’s single “Quack Fat” off the album Meraki has exploded with the collaboration with Animator Dropbear (aka Jonathan Chong). The bold and vibrant imagery is a visual feast of colour and movement created with a retro Walkman, 40 paper pyramids, 40 micro cassettes, 240 audio cassettes, 5,600 feet of video tape, 108 floppy discs, 2,812 Photos, and hundreds of hours of stop-motion animation! The result is a funk infused display that brings Opiuo’s song to life. Dropbear has synced the unique stop motion piece brilliantly with Opiuo’s funky glitch-hop sounds in an ode to retro magnetic media and early computer games.
Dropbear (aka Jonathan Chong) is an award-winning Director and Animator from Melbourne, Australia. He is a film director with a background in music videos that specializes in visual narrative films and stunning stop-motion creations. Dropbear relishes the opportunity to create visual stories that stand out and as one reviewer coined, “jaw-dropping worlds of visual delicacies.” There is a level of technical and artistic skill behind his craft as this is something Dropbear champions in every frame he creates. From a background in art and design, Dropbear’s motion works are unique, vibrant and entertaining. Dropbear is passionate about great ideas underpinned by innovative art direction and his attention to detail means he goes beyond expectations to deliver the best possible outcome for each and every project. His works stretch from films, music videos to commercials and has produced work for musicians such as John Butler Trio, Dan Sultan, Emma Louise, Husky, Opiuo, Hudson and Troop and Coheed & Cambria.