Friday, November 16, 2012

Contemporary reboot of a radio classic



Videos do not feature here very often because they strike me as rather a lazy way of filling a blog and also slow down access to the home page. But I thought it worthwhile sharing the example above from video artist David Theobald - he describes it as "a contemporary reboot" of the morale raising BBC radio show Workers' Playtime which brought live music to factory floors around the UK between 1941 and 1964. The video is a digital animation of rendered objects, and the mathematics behind the animation that allows the robot to hit the balloons must be fairly complex. Calling All Workers by Eric Coates, which was the signature tune of Workers' Playtime, supplies the soundtrack. I came across David Theobald's work in a recent exhibition at the excellent Ruskin Gallery on the Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University. Good to see that whereas the traditional Cambridge colleges actively discourage visitors, the upstart Anglia Ruskin does exactly the opposite. There is more Eric Coates on London Philharmonic on Parade conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, an LP which prompted me to ask Why are marches the poor relation of classical music?

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