Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pipe Dreams

The people who did this have entirely too much time on their hands...in a very cool way.

3 Comments:

Anonymous L.N. Hammer said...

Heavens -- they now have a whole series of those. On DVDs.

From the samples, that one still seems to be the best, tho'.

---L.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

That's a lovely site; everyone in our family enjoyed it.

It occurs to me that its appeal is largely, to use a surprising term, steampunk. A ball being launched from a tube to loft through the air, sound a tone, and rebound along a precisely-plotted arc into a receptacle is a bit, and the video deploys a great many of them, rapidly and in complex patterns, to produce meaning. The aesthetic effect is identical to that of contemplating a large steam-driven computer, seemingly clunky but precision engineered to an insane degree, carry out a highly complex operation. It could be done more easily a very different way, but one still wants to applaud the performance.

3:11 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Musical Rube Goldbergism is how we summed it up around here.

6:58 AM  

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