Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
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Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
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
This is the title track from Steven Wilson’s upcoming album due for release on the 25th of this month. The third solo album from the Porcupine Tree front man was engineered by our old friend, the legendary Alan Parsons, and tells tales of the supernatural.
Alan Parsons Project has been in my top 3 of bands since he came on the scene in the 1970’s. Formerly the sound engineer for Pink Floyd, Parsons hit my radar hard with his “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” album that interpreted several of Edgar Allen Poe‘s horror stories.
Over the weekend I came across an album I’d somehow missed; released in 2004 A Valid Path is variously rewrites, expands, and re-imagines of some of the APP classics and features artists such as David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd), Parsons’ son Jeremy Parsons, Crystal Method, Nortec Collective, and others. Eric Woolfson also shows up on the album even though this is considered a “solo” album and not part of Alan Parsons Project (an important point there).
Anyways, Don’t Answer Me is from the 1984’s Ammonia Avenue album and is done in a great 40’s style noir animation.