“Pipe Dream” by Animusic – How Do They Do That?

Pipe Dream by Animusic


Here is a second selection of animated music by Animusic.

The first one I posted, Acoustic Curves, drew a very favorable response.

As I looked into it, I found that the producer, Animusic, has a unique approach to syncing the music to the animation —actually they do the reverse, they sync the animation to the music.

per Wikipedia


Animusic is an American company specializing in the 3D visualization of MIDI-based music. Founded by Wayne Lytle, it is incorporated in New York and has offices in Texas and California. The initial name of the company was Visual Music, changed to Animusic in 1995.

The company is known for its Animusic compilations of computer-generated animations, based on MIDI events processed to simultaneously drive the music and on-screen action, leading to and corresponding to every sound.

Unlike many other music visualizations, the music drives the animation. While other productions might animate figures or characters to the music, the animated models in Animusic are created first, and are then programmed to follow what the music “tells them” to. ‘Solo cams’ featured on the Animusic DVD shows how each instrument actually plays through a piece of music from beginning to end.

Many of the instruments appear to be robotic or play themselves using curious methods to produce and visualize the original compositions. The animations typically feature dramatically-lit rooms or landscapes.

Take a look and listen to “Pipe Dreams”.



Animusic has made a number of Youtube videos and you can subscribe to their YouTube channel to find them all in one place.

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