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Sadly the movement of the spheres detracts from what have been a wonderful installation piece
22 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To the music of Bach, Norman McLaren has animated a set of constantly moving and splitting spheres against a never-ending and moving sky. To me it sounded like it must be a beautiful thing to see but sadly the limitations of the animation mean that it is just interesting more than beautiful. The main barrier for me was the spheres themselves because I wanted them to move smoothly with a flow to them. Instead they jutter around in a way that I found a touch difficult to watch and in contrast with both the sky and music. The sky effects were good and I do think that had the spheres not been distracting me in the foreground, more could have been brought from that to further compliment the music – which needless to say is quite beautiful.

It is a shame because not only was I looking forward to seeing this animated short but also, lets be honest, one always likes to be seen "appreciating" art – particularly when that appreciation is on the net for all to see and marvel at one's intelligence. Sadly I can't be that guy (on this occasion) because to say I loved it would not be true. I can see what might have been at the time but the same animation that raises the potential also undoes it by being too clunky when smoothness was called for.


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