Flash Animaion Done Right

!https://www.upthetree.com/wp-uploads/giantsteps1.png(Giant Steps Flash Animation)!

Giant Steps by “Michal Levy”:http://michalevy.com/ is a piece of flash animation to the tune of John Coltraine’s _Giant Steps._ It paints a visual picture of the music as each note builds upon the last, creating a striking architectural composition. It was composed as a graduation project for the The academy of Arts and Design, Bezalel.

!https://www.upthetree.com/wp-uploads/giantsteps2.png(Detail still from animation)!

When I listen to music I see colors and shapes and when I watch visual art I hear sounds. I wanted to express my sensing of shapes colors and music in this short movie.

I have chosen a short Jazz piece, which I have known for many years of my playing the saxophone: “Giant Steps” by John Coltraine. Coltraine made a major break through with his album “Giant Steps” in the year 1959. It was the first time in the history of Jazz music that someone based his music on symmetrical patterns, which stemmed from a mathematical division of the musical scale.

The structural approach of John Coltraineto music is associated with architectural thinking. The musical theme defines a space and the musical improvisation is like someone drifting in that imaginary space.

“Architecture is crystallized music”. Goethe.

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6 responses to “Flash Animaion Done Right”

  1. WOW! That was completely amazing…..just WOW! im literally at a lose for words. WoW!

  2. That was really awesome. I had to post a link to it on my website. It certainly gives Michel Gondry a run for his money!

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    David P

    That was awesome. I just took a class in Flash so I can (finally) get my feet wet in interactive media. This kind of thing is so inspiring to someone who is just starting out, not only because it's such a great use of Flash, but because I'm also a huge Coltrane fan. It makes me want to create a flash movie based on A "Night in Tunisia".

    Keep 'em comin'.

  4. Hey, when _Night in Tunesia_ is done send me a link… sounds like an interesting project to create different flash animations to John Coltraine tunes, or just jazz tunes in general. I want to do a cut off Shelly Manne's _My Fair Lady_ album. Still probably my favorite Jazz album… and no it's not show tunes… cuz that would have to be Babbs!

  5. This is the shizzy, it mustve taken 40 hundred years though. was it exhibited anywhere?

  6. Not that I know of. It's just such a wonderfully simple concept. What I think is kind of cool is that it makes me think of all the things I would have done differently. If only I knew flash I would totally hook that shit up!