Takashi Ohashi is a motion designer based in Japan. His video Koukou is a visual work that explores the relationship between picture and sound by synchronizing an abstract animation with a song comprising of unique sounds taken from the Japanese language. It’s a fascinating exploration and one which really needs to be seen to be understood.
Comprising seven parts, the work’s soundtrack – by Yuri Habuka – is strange, playful and often beautiful. Never using full words, it instead focuses on the syllabic sounds, creating something quite unlike anything I’ve heard before. Strongly inspired by Norman McLaren (his 1955 piece Blinkity Blank springs to mind), Ohashi’s piece feels as much like a progression of McLaren’s work as it does a tribute.