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Animusic - A Computer Animation Video Album (Special Edition)
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Take, for example, the most popular track, "Pipe Dream," in which thousands of animated balls take on a life of their own, popping out of an intricate system of pipes and barrels and bouncing, with percussive precision, onto all varieties of strings, drums, xylophones, timbales, cowbells... it's just hypnotically amazing. The same holds true for all of these videos, and while the colorful 3D rendering of Animusic (first released in 2001) is no longer state-of-the-art, the underlying mechanics remain timelessly appealing. For this special edition DVD released in 2004, Lytle opens his toy-box to reveal the creative process of Animusic from conceptual drawings to final 3D rendering. There's also a "solo-cam" function allowing viewers to switch angular focus from one instrument to another, along with animated set-construction demonstrations to show how everything fits together in the realm of Animusic. The 5.1-channel surround mix makes Animusic a perfect demonstration disc for high-end video systems (this is nothing if not a geek's delight), and Lytle's first animation (from 1996) is included along with a sneak-peek at Animusic 2, the follow-up DVD released in 2005. --Jeff Shannon
- Fully animated musical menus
- "Solo-cam" angles (interactive angle button switches between instruments)
- Animusic's first animation (1996) plus Animusic-2 "Sneak Peek"
- Breakaway hit "Pipe Dream" in widescreen
- Behind-the-scenes footage and director's commentary
- Over 300 production stills, screen shots, & sketches
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The quality is excellent, both visually and aurally. I always thought that computer animation and music could be successfully integrated in some way, and "Animusic" is the successful result. Unlike other computer animation subjects, where the music drives or complements the action, in "Animusic," the music IS the action.
The viewer is transported to a futuristic concert where the musician is a complex, sophisticated computer able to weave many intricate melodies and harmonies at once, playing instruments that are very futuristic -- laser-beam-controlled guitars, a four-handed drum kit, violins that seem to play themselves, string and metal harps played by flying balls, huge clockwork drum kits, high-voltage musical transformers, and other fantasic, out-of-this-world musical instruments of the sort that one might find only in a science fiction novel.
It is easy to see how one can be drawn into the different musical settings and be mesmerized by the music and the visual surroundings. In addition, this DVD has various "angles" available on each track that allow the viewer to watch a separate instrument as it is played or sits idle over the course of the selection.
This DVD is a very good starting point for those who have never before experienced computer animation firsthand. The producers have done a splendid job on "Animusic" by making the music literally come alive.
There are seven selections on this DVD:
1. Future Retro
2. Stick Figures
3. Aqua Harp
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I have viewed the DVD countless times in just a few days since its arrival from amazon.com. I now proudly confess to being a new Animusic addict and convert! I adore how composer/programmer/genius Wayne Lytle marries the rather nostalgic sounding MIDI music to cutting edge animation technology. I say `nostalgic' because many of the tracks on the album remind me completely of my days as a video-gamer back in the early to mid-nineties, when many of the games would be accompanied by music of a very similar sound to Lytle's compositions on this DVD. Indeed many of tunes could have been lifted straight from any number of later Super Nintendo games. I'm heartened that there is still a place for this kind of sound in the 21st Century. Lytle seems to magically breathe a totally new kind of life into it, thanks to the crisp, sharp graphics system that visualizes the music so fittingly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The video is fine, however the cover it came in reeked with cigarette smoke to the point that I had to cleanse it several times, and leave it outside for over a week. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Argee
Although Animus is computer generated, it is fascinating to watch! I enjoyed it!Published 9 days ago by Monica D Thompson
Love this series and the music. The animation is state of the art and fun to watch.Published 8 months ago by Wayne