Felix Da Housecat

Video / Animation

Combining musical powerhouses

Felix da Housecat is regarded as one of the pioneers of Chicago house and techno music. As a member of the second wave of Chicago house artists, he brought together his many influences to leave a lasting impact on the world of house music.  Lee Scratch Perry, is a Jamaican music producer credited as one of the founders of dub music, and a mentor and producer to Bob Marley. When Lee joined Felix to collaborate for the first time, we knew it would be nothing short of amazing. Wrkshop was asked to creatively merge Felix and Perry in a music video. Together, with a simple line visual approach and a sophisticated animation style, we were able to capture the intersection of 2 generations of brilliant musicians..

Motion Technique

Felix and Lee Perry were shot over green screen, we then took the footage and applied motion tracking to their faces and modulated the effect from various frequencies of the music. 

The digital effect is modeled after a piece of hardware called the Rutt Etra Video Synthesizer. It was designed by Steve Rutt and Bill Etra in 1970 and it was the first ever device of its kind that allowed you to manipulate video rasterization with audio signal… I took the bass line from the song, and pumped it into the effect, so essentially what is happening is it is breaking the video signal up into scan lines and then pulsing them every time the bass note hits.