In 1975, Roger Glover
of Deep Purple
staged a rock opera
based on William Roscoe
's poem "The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast"
. (The book had been reprinted the previous year, with illustrations by popular record sleeve artist Alan Aldridge
The performance -- which featured such talent as Judi Dench, Vincent Price, Twiggy, and Ronnie James Dio (!) -- and subsequent recording met with enough interest that British animation company Halas
had planned a feature-length animated adaptation. While the full animated movie never materialized, a Max Fleischer
-influenced three-minute short accompanying the opening song, "Love is All"
, was broadcast frequently around the world. (Stateside viewers might remember it from such disparate programs as"The Great Space Coaster"
and, uh, "Night Flight"
.) [Previously on MeFi: Alan Aldridge.
posted by pxe2000
on Aug 1, 2008 -
Let's pay a little visit, shall we, to everyone's favorite lasso twirlin', geetar strummin' stars of the Vaudeville stage, Otto Gray's Oklahoma Cowboys
Then let's head for the South Pacific, for the "Hawaiian" sounds of Witt and Berg
. And from the early days of the "talkie", Max Fleischer explains the new-fangled technology for us in the 1929 cartoon, Finding His Voice
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jan 25, 2008 -
chance for survival, if the Neon Bible
is right." Presented by Arcade Fire
which is a band
that hails out of Montreal. Okay. So I'm easily entertain
ed, but you will believe a turkey can roast marshmallows. Requires flash.
posted by ZachsMind
on Oct 15, 2007 -
1, 2, 3,4, 5,6,7, 8, 9,10, 11,12!
Classic Sesame Street
taught us Counting
and other important stuff.
posted by louche mustachio
on Jun 15, 2007 -
Anime Music Videos.
Yet another remixing web subculture
, they're usually a source of amateurishly produced angst. From the competitive perfectionists
, though, come well lipsynched
, action packed
, and occasionally just filthy
stuff for cartoon nerds. Besides the usual metal, ballads, and pop rock, there's some Daft Punk
, and downtempo
accompaniment. Or you can just go to hell
. Wear headphones and no-one will know.
posted by anthill
on May 28, 2007 -
Harry Everett Smith was a
, "20th-century Renaissance man
, working as an abstract film-maker, painter, musicologist, anthropologist, theoretician, self-mythologizer and connoisseur of arcana". His Anthology of American Folk Music
was hugely influential
on American music
, while his alchemical, synæsthetic films
were to have a similar impact on experimental film and animation
. Enjoy his mesmerising and astonishing "Early Abstractions" on Youtube
[part 1 or 4], hear Harry lecture
, or listen to some tracks
from The Anthology.
posted by MetaMonkey
on Dec 8, 2006 -
Excellent music video
for an interesting cover version of Radiohead's Just (originally off of The Bends
) by British musician Mark Ronson. Song is done in a more 1960's Stax-Volt
Records style, using gratuitous horn samples; video is shot on the streets of an English city (I believe London, but am not sure) and features animated graffiti coming to life & dancing to the song, as well as a cameo by the tiled creations of Invader
. First link goes to a page about the song, with video download links in wmv & qt at the bottom. Still no answer as to what that guy was saying in the original version of the video, sadly.
posted by jonson
on Mar 9, 2006 -
's Invisible Cities
is so called because it asserts that what makes up a city is not so much its physical structure but the impression it imparts upon its visitors, the way its inhabitants move within, something unseen that hums between the cracks. This, however, has in no way dissuaded people from attempting to give form to his works
. One such example is the Hotel Tressants
, a building in Menorca, Spain containing 8 rooms named after and inspired by
various cities from the novel. Meanwhile, artists offer illustrations1,2,3
, installations 1,2,3,4,5
, computer programs
, even View-Master slides
, while intellectuals offer readings and commentary1,2
, and critical texts1,2,3
sparked by the man and his writings. It has been dubbed "The Calvino Effect
". Do you know of any more?
posted by Lush
on May 20, 2005 -
Just saw a video from thes folks as a between shows filler on PBS. Remember Herbie Hancock's robotic music video from the mid-80s? This is classical music but even cooler--no hands used in playing--endorsed by Jon Anderson and Alan Parsons.
posted by billsaysthis
on Jul 22, 2004 -