Japanese cartoons inform Que's music video for DJ Vague

Music: inky illustrations based on Japanese comics wash across the frame during the music video by Tokyo animator Que for DJ Vague's track Freakout.

Freakout by DJ Vague

Contacted by Atlanta-based DJ Vague's record label via video website Vimeo, Que – AKA Kyu Shibayama – agreed to create an animation to accompany the track.

Freakout by DJ Vague

"I sent the ideas and thoughts to him by a text and a sketch," Que told Dezeen. "We had such dialogue several times."

Freakout by DJ Vague

His abstract video plays out as a series of clips like a moving comic strip.

Freakout by DJ Vague

"The simple line drawings are strongly influenced by Japanese comics and Japanese cartoon films," said Que.

Cuts between scenes are created by a wash effect that wipes off the illustration from the screen and sweeps on a new image shortly after.

Freakout by DJ Vague

This occurs repetitively action every few seconds, fitting with the rhythm of the track.

Freakout by DJ Vague

Sometimes the images cover the full frame, while long thin boxes or square apertures are also frequently used like visual windows.

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A palette of dark grey, bright and teal green, as well as bold red/pink, is used against a background of beige gradients.

Freakout by DJ Vague

Floating grey tetrahedrons are present throughout, but their identity or purpose remains a mystery.

Freakout by DJ Vague

Also repeated are scenes of a production line creating bottled liquids for dehydrated pink characters, which Que explained was created to accompany the industrial style of the track.

Freakout by DJ Vague

"A scene of a product line of a factory is to make them fit in with an industrial impression," said Que, describing the effect as a "disquieting impression".

"It was the story by which a situation is aggravated gradually that I thought was suitable for this track," he added.

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Que drew all the illustrations on a graphics tablet, and edited the images into an animation using Photoshop and AfterEffects software.

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Freakout will be released 1 April 2016 on DJ Vague's Restoring Nature EP via label Anarchostar.