Barbican Music Box


For a client project this term a group of us teamed up to create a piece for an event in the Barbican Centre this May. The film is a part of a 5 minute collaboration between ten MA Animation students from LCC for the Barbican Music Box project.

The box itself is filled with objects, instruments and materials to create original music, and is distributed among different schools around the UK. This year the box is created by composer Max Richter and the theme is self-reflection. The animation will be exhibited at the Barbican Music Box concert during the students’ performance.

The animation therefore needed to be able to fit different types of music and rhythm, as well as not being too narrative or difficult to follow. Our group settled on a colour palette to use in all of our films for consistency; a black background and bright warm colours that would stand out on a large projection screen. The animation needed to be able to fit different types of music and rhythm, as well as not being too narrative or difficult to follow.

As a background piece, my animation focused on geometric shapes and metamorphosis, creating a more abstract film. For the imagery, I was inspired by the objects within the box, using visual motifs from a kalimba, a cracklebox, a PO-12 drum machine, a disposable camera and a mirror. I also used eyes as a recurring motif, as a sign of perception and interaction with the world. For me the use of the visual motifs relates the animation to the performance and references the students’ process of music creation. I wanted to use them as morphing shapes and patterns, and to experiment with a flat, clean style that is different from my usual, more impulsive approach.

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