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Approved: Beast

By | Published on Wednesday 31 October 2018

Beast

Koen Holtkamp has released numerous albums as a solo artist, as part of the duo Mountains, and as part of other collaborations. His latest project, Beast, sees him working alone again, developing music and visuals in tandem.

His first two releases under the name, ‘EPs ‘Vol 1’ and ‘Vol 2’, soundtracked a series of installations using 3D laser projections. For the first Beast album, ‘Ens’, he opts for simpler though no less arresting visuals, based on the colours he sees matching the music.

Of the red and blue shapes which move and pulse through the video for new single ‘Paprika Shorts’, he explains: “For me there’s something mesmerising in simple combinations of colours that activate one another in such a way that even when static they seem to create movement”

He goes on: “In parallel to making ‘Ens’ I was working on a series of structural animation studies that explored different colour dynamics. My intention was to create a sort of visual character or identity to go along with the music for this album through a specific colour relationship”.

‘Ens’ is out on 9 Nov. Watch the video for ‘Paprika Shorts’ here:

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