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April 7, 2007

#99 4 AM, can’t sleep

Filed under: Uncategorized — yael [ya-el] wagner @ 05:19

animusic-01Wake up @ 4 AM in the morning, and for a change, avoid the computer. Avoid thinking. Skip trying to fall asleep again. What’s the alternative? TV. Brainless, effortless. Just be there.

Sometimes good things can come out of time fillers.

First, the music got my attention. Electronic, but not the monotonic, mind numbing kind; not techno or the one that one may associate with meth, speed or ecstasy.

Things only got better once I started watching.

Flashback: visualized music for me means exactly one thing, Fantasia!!! It was part of my childhood, and Fantasia 2000 was an updated flashback (saw it in Hong Kong’s IMAX, just as it came out, with Chinese-speaking narrator).

The instrumental sticks and figures fill the screen, and I am amazed with the imagination of whoever the creator is. Quick search results in one Wayne Laytle.


Dear Wayne first got the vision to produce this audio-visual experience as an undergraduate music and computer science student in 1982, before the necessary technology was even available. A long-time musician, Wayne studied classical piano performance as an undergrad before the (inevitable) switch over to computer science. Don’t you love convergence? Music and computer science.

With 2 DVDs out, and who knows how many contributions to graphic animation projects, I have respect for this guy.

And in his honor, this is the day in which I learn how to upload music/video files. Never wanted to learn HTML, and when forced to take a course in my MBA program, if it wasn’t for Ilona, I would be still whining and bitching about it. Ilona, without Nike, Just did it.

A 13 minutes effort, and 3 failures later, and here you go; click&listen.




  1. Incredible indeed.

    Next time, you can save the 13 minutes and 3 failures, and just go to YouTube. They have a neat option to embed their movies (well, most of them), so all you need to do is copy the HTML code and paste it onto your blog.

    See example here.

    Comment by Nava — April 7, 2007 @ 15:29 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, but… wordpress does not support it.

    Comment by yael — April 7, 2007 @ 16:12 | Reply

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