Porthé's cubic animation for 20syl music video zooms from micro to macro

Music: French director Porthé has animated a series of cubes to zoom out from the scale of an atom to a whole universe for this video for producer 20syl.

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

Describing his job as "translating what we hear into images," Porthé worked with 20syl – AKA Sylvain Richard – to create imagery that fitted alongside the electronic track Back & Forth.

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

"I've always liked 20syl's work," Porthé told Dezeen, "I sent him an animation, he liked it and composed a song for it."

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

The video starts at an atomic scale, with cube-shaped electrons orbiting a larger nucleus.

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

The cubes begin to coalesce into larger particles and then morph into components of microchips, while the view constantly zooms out to reveal larger and larger structures.

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

"The images convey what the music means and illustrate the construction and evolution of the song," said Porthé.

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

Presenting animated keyboards, computers, then buildings and cities, the video continues to zoom further outward until it passes through the solar system and out into the vastness of space.

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

Porthé explained the animation is intended to represent "a journey from the infinitely small to the infinitely big in a musical world".

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

A colour scheme of red, black and beige runs throughout the video, which is entirely presented in an isometric format – strictly using lines and edges that are vertical or angled 30 degrees from horizontal.

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

"Electronica is digital and organic," Porthé said. "The shapes are cubic Minimalist and the colour red represents the power of the sound."

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

The director created the images entirely using Abode Illustrator software and assembled them together into an animation with After Effects.

20syl – Back and Forth music video DMP Dezeen Music Project

The music video took between four and five weeks to complete from conception to completion.

Back & Forth is taken from 20syl's Grounds II EP, released earlier this year.