Motion Graphics is the solo project of NY based electronic artist Joe Williams. It is also the title of the first full-length album from Williams in 9 years, having previously released the critically acclaimed Smoke LP under the name of White Williams. Operating between NY, Baltimore and LA, Williams, a prolific producer, musician, and collaborating force, serves as a core member of Maxmillion Dunbar's ongoing Lifted ensemble. His contributions can also be heard on Baltimore based CoLa's Moody Coup LP and on his original score for 12 O'Clock Boys, the feature length documentary on the notorious dirt bike riders of Baltimore's Westside. William's productions have also surfaced in his mixes for DIS Magazine and NTS Radio.
Motion Graphics draws inspiration from items not typically associated with music like Twitter feeds, the hum of a refrigerator, and menu systems on cars and video game consoles. "Interface sounds, notifications from devices, or even the sound of household appliances – this is the ambient music that we live with," Williams explains, "and I see this conversation happening between these sounds and what are considered more ‘musical' sounds. These everyday, quotidian sounds are really characteristic of our time, and to me, in many ways are much more informative to popular music."
The album spans 30 minutes, embracing and exaggerating the capabilities of modern-day technology within its creative process. Using software instruments intended to replicate orchestras for film and television, Williams pushes uncannily realistic woodwinds and strings beyond the capabilities of a human performer. "I'm using software instruments that are marketed as hyper-realistic, or as realistic as you can get with current technology, but I'm sequencing them faster than someone's understanding of these instruments would be used to hearing," he explains.
Motion Graphics is an ambitious debut from an artist adept at manipulating the sounds and digital tools ubiquitous to the everyday, revealing the music below the surface that so often goes unnoticed.