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Smashing Pumpkins Drop First 2 Episodes of ‘In Ashes’ Animated Series

Frontman Billy Corgan and Portland studio Deep Sky produce highly stylized five-part 2D music video project in support of upcoming 20-track double album, ‘CYR,’ coming November 27.

Following the announcement of their highly anticipated double album, CYR, The Smashing Pumpkins have released two additional tracks ahead of their 20-track full-length studio release due out worldwide on Friday, November 27:  “Confessions of a Dopamine Addict” and “Wrath.”  The songs, produced by Corgan, feature additional founding members James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

Also released with the two new tracks are the first two episodes of In Ashes, an innovative, highly styled 2D animated music video series written and created by Corgan and produced by Deep Sky, an animation and live-action studio based in Portland, Oregon.

Describing his “fantastical and surreal sci-fi adventure,” Corgan shared, “The original story is something I’ve written and although it’s (mostly) lighthearted, In Ashes does address many things we face each day. That is… if… we live in dystopia, or paradise, or both. The choice, some say, is yours; and could even be a quantum issue.”

Watch Episode 1 – the official music video for "The Colour Of Love."

Now Episode 2 – the official music video for "Confessions of a Dopamine Addict."

Founded in 2006, Deep Sky specializes in producing narrative animation and complex visuals, providing a range of 2D, 3D, motion design and live-action production services.


Animation Production: Deep Sky

Director: Mike Anderson
Producer: Jared Hobbs
Creative Director: Barret Thomson
Art Director: Sandra Lanz
Project Manager: Jack Ellis
Production coordinator: Pro Bagchi
Storyboards: Ebru Cetiner
Animator: Matthew Seely
Animator: Gaby Breiter
Animator: Lyla Hammar
Animator: Aggelos Papantoniou
Animator: Mei Mei Leonard
Animator: Jon Buffman
Animator: Chi Nguyen
Animator: Alem Pilav
Animator: Adam DiTerlizzi
Backgrounds: Barret Thomson
Lead compositor: Esli Becerra
2nd compositor: Zack Dixon

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