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Lost in Time – Celldweller

Three words: Robot. Laser. Dinosaurs. That alone makes this a most excellent video – add a track from my favorite Celldweller album End of an Empire and you’ve got the ultimate Saturday Night Occasional Music Video.

Animation by Animattronic.

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Suburban Harmony

Tempovision

Ma’agalim by Jane Bordeaux

A wooden doll watches as her world changes slightly each time she passes by until the mechanism breaks and sends her on a new path.

Beautiful animation style and well executed. The tune flows along with the video and sets a perfect tone for this parable on life. Music is by the Jane Bordeaux Band and they describe their style as Americana Hebrew Folk Country music.

Animated by Yoav Shtibelman, Toby Pedersen and Ron Polischuk. Directed by Uri Lotan.

Number One

We have made it to Friday! Congratulations everyone! I did my part and am glad to have made it here with you. In celebration I bring (back) to you one of the coolest music videos ever made.

Yes, this is kind of a re-post (with better resolution). I’ve been thinking of resurrecting and re-editing a select few of the old posts on this blog – videos from up to 2012 or so, maybe expand an article or two. There are a few early videos that are so good that they well deserve a reprise. This is one of them.

I love this video and when I first posted it in 2011 I’d had it kicking around my computers for at least six or seven years already. I still have a copy. It doesn’t seem all that special now, but when it was made, 2001 to 2003 I figure, computer motion capture hadn’t gotten hold in Hollywood quite yet, animators were still struggling with hair, and animated/cgi character movement was a Big Thing in both films and MMORPGs.

The computer animation itself is excellent – especially for when it was made – but what really stands out is the direction; throughout the video you’ll see signature dance moves you’ll recognize immediately.

Playgroup is a British Electroclash band and the tune Number One was released in 2001.

Time Machine – Alan Parsons Project

Alan Parsons was primarily an album engineer and music producer when he teamed up with Eric Woolfson in 1974. Best known for his engineering work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and a couple of Beatles albums, Parsons was becoming a bit exasperated with the musicians he generally worked with and wanted to create music his way. Woolfson, a composer and musician, had a large work based on Edgar Alan Poe’s stories that wasn’t easy to produce.

Thus came Tales of Mystery and Imagination in 1976.

As a fan of Poe, and a fan of long progressive rock story tracks ala Rush, it got my attention right away. When The Alan Parsons Project released I Robot in 1977 I was completely hooked. I blame I Robot for my enduring love of electronic music.

This is the video for the title track from The Time Machine, released in 1999, animated by Ben Liebrand.

Finally, after many requests the instrumental version of this track with video clip as it was originally intended. This 3D animation was made in 1999 as the official video-promo for Alan Parsons – Time Machine. Mere days before completion, in surfaced that the latest Austin Powers movie at that time would mention “Alan Parsons Project”. At the very last minute a version was made with quotes from the movie, reasoning that one would benefit the other. Now for the first time ever, I present you the clip as it was intended, without Mike Myers’ quotes. – Ben Liebrand

Omerta

In the 1930s, mafia gangs clash on the mean streets of New York. Teddy Toad and his band of frogs engage in a battle with the powerful rhino White Coal for the affections of the delicious Horny Lady. Between love and vengeance – music, immerse yourself in the ruthless world of Omerta, and break the Law of Silence.

It’s a fun little story, but where this short film really shines is the music! Swing, jazz, and blues tunes of the time meld together and give the animation a cohesion. The composer took riffs out of a great array of tunes and melded and played with them wonderfully. Look for the scene where the frog is stomping around angrily in mud puddles – you’ll hear a “Singing in the Rain” riff through there and see a bit of Gene Kelly, and that’s not the only spot you’ll recognize a classic.

Animated by Nicolas Loudot, Fabrice Fiteni, Gaspard Roche, and Arnaud Janvier of Rubika School of Design, Animation, Game, in France.

Music composed by Raphael Chambouvet.

Speed of Light – Iron Maiden

A most excellent unscheduled weekend music video for this, a very metal weekend.

There’s quite a few Iron Maiden cartoons out there, but this is the best of the bunch in my opinion. I like Iron Maiden and have always loved their album covers featuring Eddie, so a well done animated music video with him creating mayhem on his way through a string of classic arcade and console games is, like, pretty killer, man.

Speed of Light, from the album A Book of Souls.

Rush

Back in high school I needed to record a news report for our school’s radio station and hunted down a reel of tape to use. As is good practice, I cued it up and gave it a listen in case it was something important.

Well, it was. It was side one of All the World’s a Stage by a band named Rush. I’d never heard of them before, but it grabbed me and I listened to it every day until I found out who it was and where I could buy the album. When I finally got the album and heard side two… I was blown away by this symphonic metal twenty-minute science fiction story. At that moment I became a lifelong Rush fan. I do love my glitch-hop and electro-swing, but no one will ever beat out this Canadian power trio for me.

2112 is my favorite Rush song and it is the title track on an album for the ages. Okay, technically this isn’t a full animation but an animation of the graphic novel set to the music it was inspired by. File it under RC’s Shiny Things.

Rush formed in 1968 in Toronto, Canada though didn’t release a studio album until their self-titled debut record in 1974. That was the only album drummer John Rutsey was on. From 1975’s Fly by Night disc foreward Neil Peart took over the drums joining Geddy Lee’s vocals and bass, and Alex Lifeson’s masterful guitar. He also took over quite a bit of songwriting and wrote long, narrative, songs set in fantasy worlds that I think really played into Lifeson’s virtuosity.

I listen to the albums they did in the 1970’s most often, and my best friend liked the 80’s stuff best, but there isn’t an album without at least one epic track on it.

While their musical style shifted a bit as new electronics were introduced (And Peart’s drum kit grew. It’s really quite impressive) they never bought in to the commercial side of things – think arena rockers and hair bands of the 80’s – and had some struggles for recognition by the industry as a result. While they got some Grammy nominations, they never won. It took until 2013 to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though Canada, being the good and polite folks that they are, inducted them into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

Since I’m already playing fast and loose with the definition of ‘animation’ tonight I might as well go for broke and include this beautifully done video – some animation (of large scale) and some excellent camera work.

Xanadu, from the album A Farewell to Kings.

Down to Earth – Celldweller

An excellent entry in the unscheduled weekend music video, uh, list of music videos that weren’t scheduled but everybody knows I’ll post one anyways list. Yeah, that list.

Celldweller is one of those artists that dominates my entire playlist for days at a time. I’ve only got four of Klayton‘s albums but the album this song comes from is my favorite. End of an Empire is a story album that tells of the fall of a far future civilization and the competition between factions as it tears itself apart. (At least as far as I can discern.)

His music in distinctly electro, but includes aspects of heavy glitch and DnB, as well as metal and even orchestral elements. Klayton puts together some complex soundscapes that lends itself well to story-telling.

Down to Earth is directed and animated by Michi Lange.

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