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White Williams is the music project of Cleveland-/New York based musician Joe Williams. He released one album and EP under this name before using the Motion Graphics moniker. In August 2016 the self-titled album was released through Domino Records.[2]

White Williams / Motion Graphics
GenresSynthpop,[1] electronic
Years active2005 (2005)–present
LabelsTigerbeat6, Domino Records
  • Joseph Williams
  • Hayes Shanesy
  • Tyler
  • Cale Parks
  • Andriu Strasser
  • Matthew Papich



Williams was born in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] Williams's started playing music as a fifteen-year-old drummer for Ohio area bands Oblongata (Cleveland), Machete (Cincinnati), Mr Mad Man (Cincinnati) and USA Crypt (Cincinnati).

Williams spent the next two years recording Smoke while traveling between Cincinnati, New York City, Cleveland, and San Francisco.

In 2013, he soundtracked the film 12 O'Clock Boys.[4] Williams' debut album under the Motion Graphics alias, Motion Graphics (2016), features melodies resembling instruments like marimbas and clarinets created with symphonic software mixed with crystal synths, drum patterns and understated vocals, resulting in what Max Pearl of Resident Advisor described as an "uncanny pop hybrid of human and computer music".[1] The release was Williams' first for Domino Records.[5] Thump described the album as a reflection of how "we use technology and communicate in a digital era."[6]


  • Joseph Williams - vocals, melodica, synth, laptop
  • Hayes Shanesy - guitar, vocals
  • Tyler - bass guitar
  • Cale Parks - drums
  • Andriu Strasser - art
  • Matthew Papich- guitar


As White Williams:

  • New Violence EP (September 25, 2007)
  • Smoke (November 6, 2007)

As Motion Graphics:


  1. ^ a b Pearl, Max (13 September 2016). "Breaking Through: Motion Graphics". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ Minsker, Evan (July 13, 2016). "Motion Graphics (White Williams) Announces New Album, Shares New Video: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "White Williams - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  4. ^ McDermott, Patrick (5 August 2016). "Motion Graphics's "Anyware" Video Is Probably From The Future". The Fader. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  5. ^ Minsker, Evan (13 July 2016). "Motion Graphics (White Williams) Announces New Album, Shares New Video: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  6. ^ Joyce, Colin (25 August 2016). "Motion Graphics Explores the Ecstasy and Agony of Our Relationship to Technology". Vice. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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