This came up over the weekend again. I posted this on my old blog back in 2009, but it still sticks with me. Stop motion mixed with REALLY precise projection mapping: really interesting visuals. I like the projection mapping, but I think the animation of the narrow depth-of-field on the molding is what sticks with me. A+.
I was born in ’72 and grew up with some excellent, often ‘out there’, pieces of animation on TV, which my folks let me watch incessantly. Most of these pieces I saw on PBS, on shows like Sesame Street and Electric Company, later 3-2-1 Contact. When I first discovered YouTube, these were some of the things I first searched for. You see, I have a vicious streak of nostalgia running through my person, which my family has recently begun to call “The McAllister Longing” (thank you Aron!). I was blown away by how much my music was subliminally influenced by all of the funk, jazz and electronic music I heard before I turned ten. (123 4! 5! 678 9! 10! 11, 12. Anyone?)
Numero Group, a record label that usually releases beautiful, painstakingly-researched compilations of singles from long forgotten soul, rock and pop labels, recently released a DVD of Al Jarnow’s animation. It turns out he’s my spirit guide – who knew? Here’s the trailer for the DVD, and an animation you might recognize from him:
Numero also posted their documentary on him, which is on the DVD as an extra. Jarnow was pretty much self-taught when it came to animation, but was a methodical guy, so many of his pieces function as beautiful how-to guides on techniques he found his own way to. While I’ve been involved in quite a few little films as composer, I’ve never tried to make one until recently. I’ve been doing these little animation studies on film and video for the past few months, teaching myself according to what I learn studying Jarnow, Norman McLaren and some other folks I’m inspired by, and hope to complete my first film to accompany an album I’m working on. I’ve found this DVD endlessly inspiring.
I was guitarist + composer with DAE from 97-2001ish, but once a Degenerate, always a Degenerate. Most recently I built the drum robot animated projection for their Sonic Tales show, whom we nicknamed Diego (code for this coming soon…). Click here for the DAE site
Back in 2008, I was blown away by a show of Inuit art at Arizona’s Heard Museum. I found it VERY liberating and inspriring, and it led me to form Tuktu.