I’m not sure what to call these things. Since I’m not an animator (this should be clear) I guess they were excuses to write and produce short musical soundtracks. And thanks to the long lost tools of Flash, developing for sound and movement was doable, back in the day. The small and reasonably sized vector animations that these once were have now been replaced by bloated videos that feed the owners of all the clouds in the world. When once I worked on 1.44MB floppy discs, I now buy my hard drives by the terabyte.
HINT: On a mobile device try pinch-zooming on a movie as it plays. It should open fullscreen. (Viewing them fullscreen on a larger monitor will look awful.)
Goin’ Away was an early musical work in what became Rock River Bridge. An immigrant’s tale and therefore an American tale, it’s a cycle of program music and words that explores the very different world of my great-grandfather. Sound on.
Louisa was the first little tone poem-like thing I did. I thought this one packed a bit of an emotional punch which was encouraging. Louisa led directly (albeit slowly) to many more works of this nature: words and simple animation synched up to music. Sound on.
Bike With Bill, a bike consultancy, commissioned this ditty. The business unfortunately folded before we could buy radio spots, so you can’t see the first Squarespace website I ever designed. Taglines by the client, the rest of the words (you can’t call them lyrics, can you?) are mine, all mine. Sound on.
Los Angeles Toy, Doll & Amusements Museum. Sometimes you do things not knowing where they’ll end up. One day, a LATDA founder remarked how much she liked the E-Toys theme. (That's how old this video is!) The resulting Flash animation was LATDA's attempt at capturing childhood nostalgia. It's instructive to note that nostalgia was never a goal of LATDA. Nevertheless, I think it carries a little emotional charge. Introducing Jocko, the LATDA mascot, because who doesn’t love monkeys? Sound on.
Jacko at Le Club Momolu I have mined not only my own genealogy, I have also looked into that of LATDA’s mascot Jocko. Here is his grandfather, JACKO, performing the act which encouraged his people to rise up and cast off the bonds of organ grinder tyranny. Sound on.
The Moon in the Trees I hesitate to include this because of the saccharine factor. On the other hand, I think the work is fairly well realized. From Rock River Bridge again, pounding home the general theme of movement and temporality. Many of the works in the larger piece were scored for chamber instruments, since I figured there might be a better chance of getting them performed by a cello, viola and piano. But then I got intoxicated by the tools and all the samples and went rather hog wild with fuller orchestral instrumentation. It took me a few years just to find (and afford) a cello patch that suited. I always tried to keep a balance between the high and the low. Sound on.