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
Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
Bendy, the dancing demon, stars in this animated musical welcoming Henry home to one hell of a show. I’ve found several music videos featuring Bendy and other characters from the horror/puzzle game Bendy and the Ink Machine, but I like this one the best.
Animation by SquigglyDigg, arrangement and music by Gabe Castro.
A great song and a beautiful bit of stop-motion animation telling a small vignette of a magical rescue. Perfect for a Friday night music video.
It is a stylish tale of synergy – rather extreme synergy. The youtube comments offer some quite imaginative hypotheses on the story’s characters and meaning, but I’ll leave it for you to decide that for yourself. Otherwise, just enjoy a great music video.
Another excellent track from Animusic for a Friday night music video. This is off their first video collection released in 2001.
I’ve been an Animusic fan since they released their first compilation in 2001. I wore out the vhs tape and almost a second one before finally getting a dvd. Animusic 2 raised the bar even further. This track is a great example of just how enjoyable Animusic is.
Unfortunately it looks like Animusic 3 won’t get made, despite a funded Kickstarter a few years back. We can only hope someone picks it up.
Check out the original Pipe Dream video.
While not exactly animation, it is pretty cutting-edge image processing for 1984 – and it is by one of my all-time favorite bands – and it is a Friday night music video – and this… never mind, enjoy a great song by one of the great bands.
An excellent video to re-start the Friday night music video tradition! Fun animation and image manipulation set to a snappy, classic, tune. This one’s going into the Shiny Things file.
Animated by Nina Paley and sung by the one and only Pointer Sisters.
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.
It’s about time the weekend got here, I was starting to worry and about ready to send out a search party to find it. Maybe dropping a heavy vid like this one will fix the weekend in place for a bit.
Glitch, swing, electro – all of ’em – all wrapped up in a story of mobsters, money, and … monkeys. Great animation style by, appropriately, Grey Monkey Productions (Eddy Loukil & Victor Jardel)