Hamster Squaredance

Hamster Squaredance is one of the more visually distinctive music videos I’ve run across in a while. It was created for the musician Mr. Hayday by New Zealand-based Laurent Antonczak and Patricia Burgetsmaier. The lengthy description of the project on their Vimeo page does leave me slightly confused though:

The framework of “Hamster Squaredance” explores an aesthetic and conceptual relationship of rhythm and narrative by developing a new visual approach for displaying on small screens, mainly iPHONE. Furthermore “Hamster Squaredance” explores a new narrative structure (short-duration, screen limitations, narrative synchronised with music) and reinterprets the aesthetics of computer game industry from the early 80s into nowadays trend. While using basic, modular and simple graphics, which denote the early stage of computer development and its graphics, it develops yet highly crafted visuals, using the most advantageous elements of photography, illustrations and mix-media technique.


  • Modo

    Akkk! I am starting to have a seizure…

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    Interesting clip, even though the soundtrack makes my speakers screech.

    It’s cool the way the producers are super geniuses, yay

    Maybe they haven’t see the CUBE WORLD toys:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvxKF85O8C8

  • amid

    For some reason, only a 30-second clip is embedding. The actual video is much longer (and much slower paced). Go to the video’s page on Vimeo and click on the high-quality version. That should get you the entire vid.

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    I am way too interested to know what those 2D barcodes say.

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    That is classic academic-speak, incorporating as many interjections and elaborations, even unnecessary ones, as possible (along with explicit parenthetical lists, sequences and/or series) in a run-on sentence structure including the obligatory “it is based entirely on X, Y and Z but is, none-the-less, daringly novel” claim, all designed to impart the aura of meaning and significance to something that may have only one or none, for a duration long enough that no will question it until they’ve left the building and gone home.

  • http://dailygrail.com/blog/8389 red pill junkie

    Nice… although I think it could have benefited from using some color in the 8-bit like figures.

  • Shmorky

    The style very much closely resembles Super Paper Mario.

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    Etch a sketch animated, I guess. Incoherent.

  • mike smith

    Yin Yang Yo

  • http://justforspite.blogspot.com Gene Hole

    well played robcat2075.

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    In case anyone else is interested, here are what the 2D barcodes say:

    01:05: phase 01: destruction cube
    01:06: phase 01: destruction cube
    01:13: salut, ca va ?
    01:18: ca te dit de prendre un verre ?
    01:22: et faire un tour ensemble ?
    01:28: un cine alors ?
    01:32: tu preferes rester seul ?
    01:37: Ahhh…
    01:41: on s’appelle alors…
    01:42: on s’appelle alors…
    01:47: A plus… ciao ciao…