2010 11/08

Charlie hits some hilariously good phrases in this solo, and the melody is great. Transcription is from the Omnibook, as usual.

In this week’s challenge, both Youtube and Vimeo failed to completely satisfy this animation of Bird’s “Confirmation.” That’s because they’re dumbing down the stream to a low quality 360p or 480p, BUT if you set it to play the HD feed, you’ll basically get the original 720p file that I exported from final cut. AND I just realized you can SET THE EMBED TO DEFAULT IN HD!!!!

Au Privave

2010 11/01

A standard of the highest jazz order, this was one of the first Real Book tunes I memorized. Transcription is from the Omnibook.

Animations can be pretty demanding on the transcoding of internet videos. Last year I uploaded a version of Giant Steps to Vimeo, but under their encode every note seemed to drag a frame or two behind the audio. Video streaming just isn’t built for this kind of exacting sync. HD has helped.

Both sites handled Bloomdido pretty damn well, but for this Youtube just can’t seem to interpret the keyframes correctly. Vimeo has taken the lead in my personal standings.

CODEC NERD UPDATE: You can set youtube embeds to default to HD (&hd=1), and that solves this display problem. Youtube back at the head of the pack!


2010 10/25

I dug through my transcription books and pulled out Jamey Aebersold’s amazing Omnibook, which has an obscene amount of great Charlie Parker notation.

The only challenge was settling on which song to animate, as there were literally a dozen that I really wanted to play with.  I settled on 3, Bloomdido being the the first one.

Giant Steps Hits 7 Digits

2010 09/27

This is by far the most popular video I have ever made.  I feel like I blinked and missed it crossing the million view threshold.  Pretty crazy for a experiment in jazz sheet music animation.  Here are some sweet graphs that describe the response over the past 3 years:

And there’s this neat comment cloud that summarizes the words people use to react in the youtube comments section:

In context, almost all of this praise belongs to Mr. Coltrane, but I’m glad people like the video.  I should really make a follow up.


2006 12/16

Final project for Computer Animation 1. This short was generated using Maya software. A whole lot of extremely time-consuming fun.

Knight Rider

2005 08/27

Based on the Timbaland and Magoo song, “Clock Strikes (Remix)”, this is an alternate opening sequence for Hasselhoff’s classic 80’s action serial. All clips from Season 1.

The Distance

2005 08/01

Cake’s “The Distance” combined with a re-edit of Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s bizarre short, “The Running Man”. Weirdness results. I’ve been accused of anime fan editing ever since.