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Purchase: Animusic 1 special edition DVD

While skimming back issues of Heroic Stories, I spotted an ad for Animusic and popped over to their website out of curiosity. Instant senory lust ensued and it struck me as a perfect holiday gift for Laurel.

If she likes it, I hope Animusic 2 (due out next year) is available in time for her birthday.


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Dec. 10th, 2004 05:20 am (UTC)
Sorta looks like that Mind's Eye series... I've got the Thomas Dolby one (Gate). I know there was a Jan Hammer (guy who did the Miami Vice theme) one (uh... Journey?), too. I don't know -- I wasn't really a big fan of the Dolby one; music was good, but visuals were sorta lacking... but, of course, that was circa 1991-at-max CG, which, well, was defined by "Sorta Lacking..."
Dec. 10th, 2004 05:01 pm (UTC)
I've seen a couple of the Mind's Eye tapes around here and Himself and I had the soundtrack from the Dolby one.

Laurel and I caught one of the Animusic shorts on PBS earlier this month and she adored it, so I'm happy to have a name to put to the clip we saw. (:
Dec. 10th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, at work, the two Thomas Dolby CDs we have are Golden Age of Wireless and The Gate To The Mind's Eye. Gate's also the only Dolby CD I don't have, though I've got the DVD.

Who does the music for the Animusic things? I looked around, and couldn't find anything. I didn't listen to the clips yet, though, nor have I seen them on PBS, either, so, hey. Is it someone famous, or is it just the programmers, or just like, needledrop stuff?
Dec. 10th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we have "Mind's Eye" on DVD if you want to watch that.

The animation in this looks better, but the music isn't so good, I think. If their sample stuff is the best music they have I'm not terribly impressed. (But, then, you know how sticky I am about music with my musical background.)

BTW, this is an old art. They used to be called "demos" and were examples of a master programmer's skills. These guys could pack an animation AND several minutes worth of music into a very small (often less than 64k) program. Amazing stuff considering that your average 5 minute music track is usually in the 5MB range.

If you're really interested in this sort of thing check out Programmer's Heaven 2.
Dec. 10th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)
Laurel and I caught an Animusic clip on PBS (begathon's got the kiddie programming all screwy) and she really liked it, so I figured it was a good choice for her.

Thanks for the background.

P.S. Read today's story from spasmsproject. I think you'd really like it.
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