Friday, February 22, 2008

Pipe Dreams Redux

I received yet another round of the famous email hoax about the Animusic Pipe Dreams video this morning. For those of you that haven't heard of it yet, here's how the email reads:

Read this first before opening the video. Turn your sound up!

This is almost unbelievable. See how all of the balls wind up in catcher cones. This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between The Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa.

Amazingly, 97% of the machines components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa. Right first time - Farm Equipment!

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video but as you can see it was well worth the effort.

It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Evidence on proves that Pipe Dreams is really a computer-animated video from Animusic and that the corporate/educational collaboration never happened but may have been intended as a viral marketing ploy.

Anyway, it's still an amazing video:

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