Beneath The Surface | Thavius Beck

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Thavius Beck – Eye of the Beholder

In early 2011 musician Thavius Beck and animator/director Steve Harms crossed paths for the first time and it wasn’t long before both realized their creative worlds would become intertwined. Both artists had ongoing interest in the others craft and wondered what possibilities could be had should a collaboration take place. Harms recalls seeing visions play out in his head immediately upon hearing Beck’s work as several animated music video ideas presented themselves. The two decided to team up on Beck’s Eye Of The Beholder track which for Harms conjured images of a self-manifesting, digital, astral queen looking over her creation.
The title of Beck’s latest full length album The Most Beautiful Ugly served as a catalyst for Harms to develop quirky personality traits for the videos main character. As the video unfolds the viewer cannot help but discover something quite beautiful inside what at first may have appeared ugly. Beck and Harms blend electrifying sound arrangements with a hybrid of CGI and stop motion animation to tell an unusual story taking place in this odd, alien, other world.

Artist: Thavius Beck
Track: Eye of the Beholder
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Directed & Animated by: Steve Harms
Produced by: Earthling Arts

Thavius Beck – Joy

Directed by: PATOX (
Conception & Editing by: PATOX & Madame P.
Produced by: Plugresearch & PATOX

The Most Beautiful Ugly

Artist: Thavius Beck
Title: The Most Beautiful Ugly
Cat#: PLG138
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Tracklist :
01 Eye of the Beholder (intro)
02 Break til Broken
03 ABV
04 Atmos
05 Feel Me_Fear Me
06 Whether or Not
07 Labward Bound
08 Terror Byte
09 Imma Get So
10 Joy (Bring It)
11 In Your Eyes
12 Ain’t Nothin
13 Tears of Fire
14 Altered Minions
15 Shucky Ducky Chuckie
16 Remember, You Can Never (iTunes Bonus)

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Ira Lee and Thavius Beck – ‘The Photographer’

Ira Lee and Thavius Beck – ‘The Photographer’ from iraleeiswack on Vimeo.

'Starting with something finished and working backwards'

'The Photographer'
Directed by Ira Lee and Serafima Skibyuk
Cinematography by Serafima Skibyuk
Produced and mixed by Thavius Beck
Shot in Regina / SK, Victoria /BC (Canada) and New York, New York (US)
Special thank you to Ruth Hoffart, Slava Skibyuk, Lada Timoshina and Thavius Beck!


The photographer

Because theirs a world you wouldn't see, if I didn't hold it still for you.
Fear is a darkroom, where the negatives develop.
Don't be sacred of your story, tell it.
A picture is the truth, naked.
That means anything, and everything, or nothing.
Whatever you make it.
Stabilize so that the bokeh pops, when it feels like the composition of real life is just a little bit off.
Sometimes your shit is just gonna suck,
until you learn how to stand in front of more interesting stuff.
The perfect shot will never be yours, unlike a painter you're starting with something finished and working backwards.
Professionally, there's a certain methodology to it.
Never pull your tool out, until you're ready to use it.
Craftsmanship. Steady on the banana. I'm not afraid to die If I can bring my camera.
The power of the polaroid destroys facade. The director of photography has a bigger dick than god.
Hard – to the – core, are the colors of my visual score. Feels like I'm screaming louder than ever before.
You see the world in this picture. I made it. Cropped and cleaned, and balanced, and graded it.
Come with me, I'll make you a star. Said the man with the red line on his DSLR.
Addicted to the sound of the flash, and the lines, and the curves, and the cold, hard, cash.
Don't you know owning a camera doesn't make you a photographer, it makes you a camera owner.
Word to the wise. Nikon makes the best lenses, Canon makes the best compromise.
But they don't work with each other. So it's more important to click with people, than to click the shutter.

The Photographer.

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