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Jim Henson gets jazzy
August 21, 2014 4:37 PM   Subscribe

Watch Jim Henson's colorful animation of jazz drummer Chico Hamilton's piece, "Drums West".
posted by Brandon Blatcher (12 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thanks, that was wonderful!

I actually hadn't thought about Chico Hamilton in quite a long time, either, so that was a nice reminder. And the B&W clip featuring an early Kermit was just fantastic.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:49 PM on August 21


It just occurred to me after watching that that perhaps many of those kaleidoscopic interstitial animations on Sesame Street were Jim Henson too.

Coolness, thanks!
posted by petebest at 4:50 PM on August 21 [1 favorite]


Interesting, roughly the x-axis is position and y-axis is frequency. This seems somehow the most natural synaesthetic mapping. I wrote a music visualizer that worked this way some years ago. There's something especially pleasing about it when the timing is lag-free.
posted by pfh at 6:15 PM on August 21


Oh, thank you!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 6:40 PM on August 21


There's something especially pleasing about it when the timing is lag-free.

Indeed. Thats what it's all about, matter of fact! Get on the good foot! UGH!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:02 PM on August 21


Direct YouTube link, for those who want that kind of thing.

It's neat to see the young, beardless Henson.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:31 PM on August 21


There's a lot more where that came from!

Similar highlights:
- Shearing Animation
- Visual Thinking
- Time Piece (that's not the whole thing, but this is)
posted by Sys Rq at 7:35 PM on August 21 [1 favorite]


(And, since Jazz + Abstract Animation was hardly new in '61, here's some Norman McLaren.)
posted by Sys Rq at 7:52 PM on August 21


In the same vein, Chris Casady's 1988 Pencil Dance.
posted by wanderingmind at 8:01 PM on August 21


Henson had a really avant garde, experimental side, always co-existing with his instincts as a popular entertainer. If you do a deep dive into Henson's more obscure stuff it's just endlessly interesting, so many weird short films and TV specials and sculptures he was producing at the same time that he was working on something like Muppet Babies. (That one's always seemed like the guy's artistic low-point to me, no offense meant to the fans.) It was like he just never stopped creating, and that's really inspiring.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 9:35 PM on August 21 [2 favorites]


Henson had a really avant garde, experimental side,

Indeed. A deep affinity for jazz and, as evidenced by the Chico Hamilton clip, an intuitive grasp of and feel for the subtleties of jazz drumming in particular.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:40 PM on August 21


A! NI! MAL! A! NI! MAL!
posted by ardgedee at 2:44 AM on August 22


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