Young Berlin-based producer Objekt is nothing less than a perfectionist.
A pretender to IDM’s virtuoso crown, TJ Hertz often spends months on each of his tracks, deconstructing dance music’s forms to thrillingly expose their inner workings. The results, on his debut album Flatland, were rich, absorbing – and often pretty banging, too.
Hertz’s perfectionism extends beyond just his music; a video for Flatland’s lead single, "Second Witness", expands on the album’s themes in typically rigorous style. Its footage is drawn from a DIY photo rig made in collaboration with photographer Joe Dilworth and artists Rachel Buehlmann and Nine Yamamoto-Masson. Consisting of dozens of tiny cameras arranged in a ring, this rig would take simultaneous photos of a single scene from numerous different angles.
Edited into a sequence, these images form a kind of freeze-frame panorama. The effect is not unlike The Matrix’s “bullet time”, but in contrast to that film’s slick CGI sheen, it’s the fog and graininess of the footage which makes for compelling viewing.
All of which seems pretty fitting for a cut from Flatland, a labyrinthine album exploring the conflicting perspectives offered by contemporary media, and expressing the desire – however impossible – to “escape one’s restricted point of view”. It’s distinctive and thoughtful viewing from an artist whose music is rarely anything less.
Flatland is out now via PAN.