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The Mind’s Eye – The Temple

The Temple is the final installment in The Mind’s Eye and it’s the part of the tape I would wear out every time. Between the bleeding-edge animation (for 1990) and the (well-synchronized and most excellent) soundtrack, this track marks when I believed that 3D computer animation had finally matured past a nerdly diversion and into a mainstream entertainment medium.

You may recognize the surroundings and birds from the second installment, Civilization Rising, (or 03 per the video itself) as the animation between about the 50 second mark to a minute-twenty looks to be from just before this video.

I’ve collected the links to the videos from Beyond the Mind’s Eye and will begin posting them next week.

The Mind’s Eye – Leaving the Bonds of Earth

The Mind’s Eye – Love Found

Love can transcend the most formidable of barriers – and it can show off some impressive computing power for 1990. (note how many things are moving independently)

[Thanks to Craig Reynolds for the link to the original version! Stanley & Stella in Breaking the Ice]

The Mind’s Eye – Post Modern

The Mind’s Eye – Technodance

The Mind’s Eye – Heart of the Machine

The Mind’s Eye – Civilization Rising

The Mind’s Eye – Creation

The Mind’s Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey is a compilation of computer animated shorts set to an electronic music soundtrack. While it appears to be some pretty rudimentary computer work, back in 1990 when this was released, it was some seriously cutting-edge animation. I wore out several tapes and it solidified my love for animation and electronica.

Creation is the first chapter (of eight) from the video and begins the loose story of a world’s evolution.

Over the next few years a total of 4 Mind’s Eye videos were released (as well as a host of spin-off videos) with soundtracks composed and performed by the likes of Jan Hammer, Thomas Dolby, and Kerry Livgren (of the band Kansas). Although they’ve since been released on DVD, this first installment is still hard to find.

I’ll be posting the other seven videos from this first compilation, about one per week, and see if I can track down offerings from the rest of the Mind’s Eye series.

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