Watch Rap Duo Cavanaugh’s Killer Tribute to Retro Tech
It makes sense that the video for “Zorak,” the latest track from hip-hop duo Cavanaugh, is a tribute to the strange beauty of Pong-era video games, lo-fi animation, and black-and-white home movies. If you’re familiar with the rappers—Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti—you know they’ve got a flair for making interesting new art out of examining the past. To wit, Eagle recently recorded a terrific concept album about the failure of Marx’s proletariat revolution and Serengeti once made a record of spot-on early-’90s-style hip-hop tracks (which he claimed was actually an old demo tape, not new music).
To achieve the “Zorak” video’s old-school aesthetic, designer/animator James Ward went the retro route of creating nearly all of the visuals by hand. “There is no code being used,” Ward says. “Everything that references a videogame is made to look that way with simple shapes and simple animation. I used software to generate the 3D wireframe graphics and all the glitch is created by using a plugin.”
Check out the premiere of the video for “Zorak,” from Cavanaugh’s new album Time & Materials, above.
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