This will be an animated video about 12 minutes in length, a visual interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Movement 4; Andante Maestoso, Allegro Vivace. The work is in the spirit of Disney’s movie Fantasia. The duration of the video is of course determined by the length of the composition.
The opening Andante section will correspond to a somewhat fanciful assembly of a freight train in a railway “hump” switchyard, the cars propelled by gravity and assembling themselves in sequence on the main track. At the tempo change to Allegro, the journey itself begins with a bang.
The journey proceeds through a variety of scenery: industrial, rural-agricultural, small-town, urban, forest, mountain, desert, and finally industrial again. Hopefully the changing character of the music will be adequately reflected on the screen. If I succeed, you will forget that you’re hearing an orchestra; the sound will seem to come from what is on the screen.
To the extent possible, I will be applying techniques used by Max Berends – known as Ristridyn on Blendswap, YouTube and elsewhere – in the blend Pumping Memory and explained in tutorials on YouTube. The constraints I need will differ in detail, but nevertheless the idea of heavy use of constraints, all ultimately driven by a single “empty”, and minimal use of keyframes, will inform my approach to this project. It seems a great simplifying concept.