Batu and Butt Studio present their audiovisual collaboration Void Dez
Entitled Void Dez, the one-minute visual features a new track made exclusively for the video by the Timedance boss. The motion graphics are helmed by the studio’s founder Harry Butt.
Rave-inspired aesthetics are paired with a pastel colour palette, shapeshifting forms and Batu’s suitably trippy sonics.
The pair have continuously connected across the trajectory of Timedance’s output. Recently, Butt designed the artwork for the label’s five-year compilation, Sharpen, Moving, on which he decided to “spin out a sense of symmetry with weird angles and a meandering environment”. His visual aesthetic often plays with faceless figures and fluid shapes suspended in space. It’s a fitting aesthetic for Timedance’s similarly wonky sonics, that comprises of syncopated rhythms and off-kilter sounds.
In Void Dez, a computer can be seen generating a fictional language. “We had some interesting conversations about the idea of hands being a vessel for language and communication,” Batu explained, “and how this is a constant dynamic with the world around us. This inspired the idea of a single hand in an empty void, which ties into some concepts we are both interested in, such as machine learning and human traits replicated in AI.”
“We had some interesting conversations about the idea of hands being a vessel for language and communication”