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Flying Dream on YouTube

This may have been the most intense art project of my life. Some time early in 2012, I got it into my head to create a stop-motion animation of my song Flying Dream, moving in harmonic space. I’ve spent the past five months working like crazy on it. The song is carefully arranged using the lattice of fifths and thirds, sung and played in just intonation, and animated using colored lenses, rice paper and a flashlight.

If it doesn’t play smoothly, don’t hesitate to lower the resolution. It survives scaling well, and the timing is crucial.

This video encompasses almost everything I’ve learned in the past couple of years. I will be writing much more about it. Meanwhile, here are a couple of external links about the basic subjects:

just intonation

lattice (music)

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  1. Gary, that was amazing! I love the attention to detail in the animation, with how smoothly the stone moves from spot to spot and the color shifts and everything, so so cool. I wish I understood it better!


  2. Oh, god, it’s so amazing and demonstrable! Where can I get such a sofware (if it’s exist, of course)?

  3. I have been thinking about alternative notation and music visualization systems for a very long time. Your work has crystallized many of the thoughts I have had. Thank you so much for doing this.

    – Dan

  4. You’re welcome Dan, and thanks for the good word. Have you read “Harmonic Experience”?

  5. This is truly incredible! It’s legitimately one of the most satisfying and spine-tinglingly wonderful songs I’ve ever heard, I can’t put it into words – it’s *sublime* – and it’s visually annotated so I can see *why* it sounds so good!… though I’m not at the level of my musical learning that I can actually understand really much of any of it yet, but I’m looking forward to be able to, haha.

    You really did an incredible job on both the song and the video. <3
    Though I wonder why this particular version doesn't seem to be on places like Spotify? The Spotify version has finger-snaps and stuff, and while that does sound good in its own way, this percussion-less version has a truly *dreamy* feel to it, no pun intended, and I'd love to be able to listen to this on the go!

    – Daniel F.

  6. Thanks Daniel! I really appreciate it. There are JI subtleties too, that don’t show up in the live versions, mostly because there’s an acoustic guitar involved and that throws the tuning into ET.

    I do have yet another version on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/778OHtzOcLULuyktTQqPJr?si=4252ad5c5ea64122

    And the video is listenable on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA1C9VFqJKo

    One of these days I’ve got to get more of my solo stuff on Spotify.

    🙂 Gary

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