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After some valleys of late, Diesel is back with a peak: A slew of edgy web/DVD art shorts sponsored at Among the varied offerings is a tour de force called Kaboom, by the gifted stop-motion animator known as PES, and a bizarre little number called My Dark Horse is Horny, by Jaron Albertin-a film so bad it's good. Kaboom, featuring animated toys and assorted festive objects, depicts a bomber attack on a city, and demonstrates a truly brilliant use of gift bows and Christmas tree balls. The Horse film features an overweight guy (with a bad mustache) and a hottie atop a galloping steed in some kind of distinctly unsavory bondage dream sequence, and it's notable mainly for its sound design, from New York's Q Department. According to Q's Drazen Bosnjak, the soundtrack is heavily inspired by early electronic music from the 1950s. "We custom built a software synthesizer that simulates the Raymond Scott Circle Machine [see] in order to get that weird processed horse-hooves sound. The rest of the soundtrack is inspired by old Bob Moog-designed synthesizers, back in the days when they were custom-built for projects, before synths were even mass produced."

Client: Diesel Agency: KesselsKramer, Amsterdam CW: Dave Bell AD: Karen Heuter [Kaboom] Director/Animator: PES/Czar Editor: Sam Welch/Homestead Editorial [Horse] Director/Editor/Effects: Jaron Albertin/Soft Citizen Music/Sound Design: Drazen Bosnjak, Adam Steiglitz/Q Department

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