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Today at work I got to see part of the SIGGRAPH 2010 Electronic Theater. It's a collection of the best CG short films of the year.

This one by Daihei Shibata was my favorite. Watch it full screen if you can.



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wolfteaparty
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
That was pretty enough to almost make me feel like I was on LSD. :P It also reminded me a bit of the movie Avatar...
pyraxis
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
I think this is probably one of the things they were trying for with Avatar, but they tried to do too much and compress it into too short a time, so it lost all the subtlety.
yonjuunana
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
Wow...

I used to be able to play that piano piece. :)

My dad would sometimes bring home movies of SIGGRAPH shorts back when he worked at Microsoft, always really cool to watch.
pyraxis
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
:)

I might see if I'm allowed to sign out the whole video, because I only got to see about half of it. I looked up the titles of all the shorts online when I was trying to find this one, and there were a lot of others that looked good too.

I can't remember if I learned this exact piano piece but I did take piano. How far did you get with it?
yonjuunana
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
I can't remember if I learned this exact piano piece but I did take piano. How far did you get with it?

I took piano lessons from when I was about 4 or 5 to the end of 10th grade. I was never all that into it, unfortunately. Mostly went because my mom really wanted me to (her whole family is massively into classical music, she plays some piano and was a dj at a classical music radio station for a while). I could technically play pretty well, but I was a bit annoyed because my teachers wouldn't teach me any music theory, classical music was never really my thing, and I couldn't get emotionally into much of what I was playing. This piece was one of the ones I liked, though. Debussy is neat. I think it was one of the last ones I learned.

How long did you take piano?
pyraxis
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
From kindergarten to grade 10 as well. But I think you should totally be playing guitar instead of piano. I liked it but shashigai had to take it too and he didn't, he really wanted to learn violin instead but he wasn't allowed.

I wish you could have learned my music theory instead of me! I hated it, I thought it was really boring and I just wanted to play.
jimnightmare
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
But I think you should totally be playing guitar instead of piano.

I agree! XD

I liked it but shashigai had to take it too and he didn't, he really wanted to learn violin instead but he wasn't allowed.

That really sucks. :( Did he ever get to learn it?

I wish you could have learned my music theory instead of me! I hated it, I thought it was really boring and I just wanted to play.

Aww man, if only there was some way to go back in time and trade this stuff!
pyraxis
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I agree! XD

Yeah! 47, let him play some, ok?

Did he ever get to learn it?

A little bit. But bad things happened. I don't know if I'm supposed to be talking about that, it's his story.
tigerweave
Aug. 29th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Aww man, if only there was some way to go back in time and trade this stuff!

Yeah! I would have some music-stuff to trade too.
tigerweave
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
That is a pretty awesome film. Really awesome.

And I love that music. I really love debussy. Then I was trying to remember which piece it was by him. Got it! Claire de lune. Mum loves piano and used to play it. We grew up tinkling on her piano *smiles* And now she listens to piano music a lot :-)

found this while checking I had the right one. Violin and piano *smiles*
tigerweave
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
Also, the recording in the movie is beautifully played :-)
pyraxis
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
I really love that song. I like it with the violin in it too. That's like a more... traditional? rhythm of it, and the other one feels like spontaneous discovery. Maybe it's because of the violin. I studied piano but not violin and watching that man play feels like a lot of compressed energy and disciplined sound, where the piano is, like, playful?

It reminds me of being at my aunts' and uncle's houses that we visited when I was twelve. We had one of those nature CD's that plays classical pieces along with sounds like loons and crickets. I used to play it when I was drawing and working on computer game design. I keep trying to get that feeling back but it's not working very well.

j-t
tigerweave
Aug. 29th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Usually I think of piano being more disciplined and violin more playful, but in these recordings I think the same as you.
I love the way in classical music how pieces originally written for one instrument are traded and adapted to others. But then to play it in the instrument it was originally written for can be like discovering it all over again.

We used to have a cd like that too except it was australian birds and insects etc. (Never heard a loon, in spite of Loon being my nickname all through my childhood and even when older as well.)
For me that cd was like opening my eyes in the morning to a canvas tent above me, early sun shining through, Knowing I am totally out in the middle of nowhere *smiles*
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