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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I haven’t done one of my Favorite Things posts in a while – harkening all the way back to my first “Favorite Thing” post about my Treasure Island Skull Mug.  And yes, it still controls my actions.

But today I want to talk about a videographicamusicalawesomitudiness.  

Man, oh Man.  I’ve been an Animusic fan for years now.

If you’ve never seen Animusic, check out their website and watch some of the DVD clips.  In short, Animusic is A) great music, B) great graphics/animation, and C) a techie’s dream.  But you don’t have to be someone who appreciates “C” to like “A” and “B”.

What these guys (well, one guy at first) did was write some songs, then write some software that animates the music in a very special way.  The video is integrated with the music, such that the music controls the video and sometimes vice-versa.  And to be more technically precise, the video is rendered “to” the music afterwards, sometimes taking months.  Either way you slice it, however, the end result is a very visually appealing combination of music and graphics.

There are two Animusic DVD’s so far, and I can’t wait for the third.  I’m a member of the Animusic Newsletter, and keep getting hints at the 3rd one, and was a little bummed it wasn’t out by 2008’s Christmas season.  I’m pretty sure I saw a Congressional Budget Office hearing where they blamed Animusic for the poor economy – had they released the DVD last year, it would have stimulated the economy to the point where everyone is enthused and animated to work harder and give more to charity.  Alas, it was not to be.

My absolute favorite Animusic Video is Harmonic Voltage.  It expertly combines Pink Floyd (guitar solo) with Depeche Mode (synth base) with an expressive and emotional energy-wave pole-dancing rocker life-form.

This clip is the last (7th) on the first DVD.  Interestingly enough, my 2nd favorite Animusic video is the first clip from the second Animusic DVD, Starship Groove.

I guess it doesn’t hurt things that the guy behind all the Animusic awesomeness is a bearded/goateed guy… get this… named Wayne.  And they have an operations and shipping facility in Austin, TX.  I gotta meet this guy!

Smallest.  Piano.  Ever.

But what we need in this world is Animusic Hero.  THAT would be totally cool – rocking out on Guitar Hero to Animusic’s music.  Seeing as how Animusic’s music is already in digital (MIDI) form, I’d think it would be easier to Hero-fy than normal awesome songs.  I had it in my mind a couple years ago that I would go ahead and make some Custom Guitar Hero songs out of Animusic’s stuff but never got that much into it.

heh, I said “Hero-fy”.  And I’m even more addicted to Heroes than ever before.  We’re 12 episodes in I think.  “Stick the next DVD in!” is a commonly shouted phrase between my daughter and I.

And lo, the people did comment thus:

6 Comments

  1. Sybil Law says:

    Animusic really is cool! How the heck do people even FIND this stuff?!
    Good idea, too, for Animusic Hero. 🙂

    Sybil Law´s last blog post..Seven

    • whall says:

      Sybil – I actually found it at Fry’s one day. It was playing on their big screen TV and the purpose was to sell the TV, I’m sure. I ended up needing the DVD!

    • whall says:

      Sybil – I also wanted to say thank you for being the lone commenter on this post. It’s weird sometimes how the posts you work hard at and think will be “cool” get little attention and some of the ones that you just pluck out of the air and post get dozens of comments.

      Oh, and we currently only have 2 episodes left of Season one of Heroes. I know a lot of people care about that, too. 🙂

  2. Giggle Pixie says:

    I think he’s your alter ego! Or maybe your not-so-evil twin! 🙂 Anyways, he’s makes cool stuff. And I have a feeling the 60’s (70’s?) might have been veeeeery good to him, if ya know what I mean! lol

    Giggle Pixie´s last blog post..Nice Gazongas

  3. Greg Flores says:

    Thank you for sharing Animusic on your blog!

    Wayne and I got a kick out of your word… videographicamusicalawesomitudiness

    Thanks again!

    Greg – Animusic

  4. Janna says:

    OMG!
    Last summer, when my uncle made my computer for me, he put two animusic things on it. He knows I’m into music, and he thought I’d like it.
    The two he gave me were Starship Groove and Resonant Chamber.
    They’re both cool, but my favorite is the Resonant Chamber.
    Amazing stuff. 🙂
    I wish I had more.

    Janna´s last blog post..Land Of A Thousand Layers

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