‘Be Yōkai’ is the collaborative project from techno duo Minilogue’s Sebastian Mullaert, fellow Swedish composer Douglas Holmquist and celebrated illustrator/animator Kristofer Ström. Uniting music with art and the moving picture, ‘Facefist’ is a multimedia experience with a trio of mesmerising audio/visual trips plus track only ‘Facetwist’, a more propulsive version of ‘Facefist’. Made in sync with the music, two of the films (‘Facefist’ and ‘Facemissed’) feature Japanese anime-inspired shape-shifting creatures while ‘Facekissed’ is a more abstract, alternate vision/soundscape. This debut release from the Be Yōkai project will be landing as a rare treat from Hypercolour offshoot Space Hardware, in October with a limited run of vinyl.
Art flourishes when the freedom, flow and creativity intersect. Often a direct response to resistance, art transcends borders and the physical to allow transmission of the soul; emotion and consciousness. Be Yōkai, a collaborative project between three artists, represents these core values uniting music with art and the moving picture. At the convergent point between these three disciplines we find Be Yōkai, driven by rhythm and vibration, while delivering progressive, transcendent visual stimulation.
In this free zone they flourish, as their art flows out of them without a hint of resistance. It’s the kind of freedom that many artists strive to achieve with no pressure, no deadlines and no strict briefs to uphold. The notion of trust, encouragement, confidence in one’s approach is what we find with Be Yōkai. All three men have known each other for over a decade, and worked closely together during that time on several occasions. This foundation keeps their relationship strong and provides a comfortable layer upon which they are building an intriguing project.
Sebastian’s musical endeavours have taken him around the world, both as a solo practitioner and in the duo known as Minilogue, among other projects. Douglas, an accomplished composer for film animations, advertisements and video games, also makes club music. Kristofer is a world-renowned illustrator and animation specialist, also adept at making music.
From the very beginning, the group have worked in an unplanned, natural, organic way, exchanging music and visuals with each member contributing to the progress of each track and accompanying video. It’s a project that acts as its own catalyst, as the three artists contribute their respective talents to the final product, bit by bit, without having a defined goal or target. All three men agree that Be Yōkai represents an organic, intermittent working process that is not bound by the constraints of future pressures.
Eventually there is the hope of taking Be Yōkai to the stage, for a concert style performance with live instrumentation accompanied by Kristofer’s mind-boggling visuals.