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Porter Robinson’s SHELTER explores our creative symbiosis with technology

‘SHELTER’ has arrived, and what a stunning sight to behold. Music producer Porter Robinson went to Sword Art Online‘s A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll to create a music video for his new song. The two together tell the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives alone inside a simulation. In this infinite, beautiful bubble of solitude, she awakens and uses a tablet to change her surroundings, creating a new world every day. But, as you might expect, all is not as it seems.

Robinson himself wrote the script and executive produced the video, while Toshifumi Akai of Magi: The Kingdom of Magic served as director. Megumi Kouno, chief animation director on The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, managed key animation and character designs, and Sachika Misawa, voice of Accel World‘s Kuroyukihime, portrays the main character Rin.

Anime and Japanese pop culture in general have long influenced Porter Robinson’s music. Much like Daft Punk fulfilled a wish by working with Space Battleship Yamato creator Leiji Matsumoto on their movie INTERSTELLA 5555, Robinson said “Getting the chance to make my own anime is very much a dream come true”.

He goes on to explain the concept for the music video’s story:

SHELTER is the most concrete distillation of being immersed into fantasy and its connection to reality. Most of our life experience is now in some way connected to technology. The world of SHELTER, this virtual reality universe that she’s stuck in where she has this superpower to create environments and go around and play in them and explore them everyday. It’s a beautiful notion and something that’s relevant to my own sensibility as an artist.

Robinson and songwriter Madeon released the song ‘SHELTER’ in August. They’re currently touring together across North America on the SHELTER Live Tour. For more information on the tour and Robinson’s music, head over to his official website porterrobinson.com.

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