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  • Mixmag Staff
  • 9 September 2016
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Motion Graphics 'Motion Graphics' (Domino)

It’s only 30 minutes long, but few records are as complex, ornate and innovative as Joe Williams’ debut as Motion Graphics. He brings his experience as a UX/UI sound designer to bear on a record that encompasses experimental, future r’n’b, jazz and classical. If that sounds like hard work, the results are far from it. His sounds are familiar, formed from the ‘foley’ – the term for the ambient noise, like the crunch of footsteps in snow, created for movies – of our digital lives. Some are immediately discernible, like a ringtone chime, while others, such as the hum of a fridge freezer, far less so. The aural familiarity of tracks such as ‘Anyware’, with its warp-speed cellphone melodies, imbibes ‘Motion Graphics’ with warmth and, above all, joy.

7/10

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