François X collaborates with animation artist, Anne Raffin and fashion designer, Arthur Avellano on 2D anime video

Few days after the pandemic divinely revealed its eager face; this musical piece was crafted and composed by François X during a moody evening in March 2020.

As an avid fan of SF and constantly inspired by the eerie soundtracks you typically hear in those movies, creative geniuses like Vangelis, Hans Zimmer, Marc Streitenfeld or the synth hero Mike Dean, have delivered a profound impact on François’s feelings towards music composition and conducted him to produce this instrumental track as a passionate ode to his musical mentors. Popularly known for his 4/4 instrumental tracks, the global shutdown provided François X with social peace and precious time to dive into inner emotions and inevitably generate something unusual for him: a cinematic soundtrack. This musical piece is not that far from what people are expecting from him, as the inspiration draws from the irresistible fascination towards the emotional intensity of what nightlife has to offer: mild euphoria, social freedom and pensive melancholy; held together by a cinematic and blurry atmosphere.

A dystopian story where the human race’s heroic struggle for social freedom remains inevitably the key element for its ultimate survival.

The clip is a 2D realistic anime video including “mechas” specifically modeled in 3D, with a heroic story taking place in a scenery of constructivist and brutalist skyscrapers, inspired by Japanese classic animes like Ghost in the Shell, Satoshi Kon works and Genius Party Beyond from Studio 4°C. Aesthetically speaking, each character of the animated film was meticulously dressed, by recreatingArthur Avellano’s collections pieces. This creative idea took shape after a meeting at Arthur’s local showroom. More importantly, mutual interest between François, Anne and the french designer, for futuristic garments-material, was the key interest, as the Arthur Avellano brand is famously known for its work on hybrid latex fabrics. Giving the clip this edgy feeling.

About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.