Exceptionally fun and fascinating

An artist takes a crack at animating jazz piano. As the rollicking jazz piano builds, the frame splashes with abstract shapes and colours, as well as hints of human forms. The resulting effect is of visuals built to accompany and respond to the mood of the music, rather than the much more familiar inverse experience.

For his short film Liza , the French animator Bastien Dupriez aimed to create ‘a kind of visual transcription’ of the George Gershwin song Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) (1929), as performed by the French musician Jean-Michel Pilc .

The director creates an animation of synesthesia, where abstract images accompany every note of the piano.

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