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Parnassum by Still [web]
screenshot added by pixtur on 2015-08-02 13:23:15
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release date : august 2015
release party : Evoke 2015
compo : pc demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 62%
  • 0.92
alltime top: #2688
added on the 2015-08-02 13:23:15 by pixtur pixtur

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nice concept. would have probably worked better if the colors of the lines were tightly related to the tones.
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 13:35:38 by psenough psenough
Wonderfully out of the box!

That said, I don't know if it's me being too specific about production style but I felt the cleanliness + high degree of detail of the visuals contrasted too much with the "raw" recording of the music performance; maybe a bit of post-production on the audio (a bit of EQ, a bit of reverb, a bit of stereo control) would've made it fit better.
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 13:36:48 by Gargaj Gargaj
From now on if anyone asks me whether demos can be art, I'll point them here first :)
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 13:46:49 by zoom zoom
Video please ;-)
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 13:55:10 by highlife highlife
Feels like a prequel or sequel to one of my favorites demo of all time, the seeker ! :)
With tremendous work, this could be crunched into a 4K right ?... Did anyone code a *good* and tiny piano synth ? :)
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 13:55:39 by MsK` MsK`
Really nice feeling, music, visuals.
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 15:36:19 by Optimus Optimus
love it!
a youtube link i found
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 15:43:47 by yogib33r yogib33r
Reminded me of The Seeker..
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 15:45:11 by magic magic
different :)
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 15:47:11 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Unusual experience, but i liked it anyway.. Nice Piano track and very beautiful visuals!
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 16:19:06 by Sapphire Sapphire
Nice in every way.
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 16:33:06 by gaspode gaspode
Boring, lame "music".
added on the 2015-08-02 17:10:21 by DerGadler DerGadler
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 18:22:53 by SiR SiR
superdemo ruined by horrible piano pling pling
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 19:55:29 by alien^PDX alien^PDX
the soundtrack sounds rather 'midi' imho (there's little subtlity in timbre and in overal production) and the piano worm visuals got boring fast
My favorite of the whole Evoke-felt like a segment from Disney's Fantasia
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 21:04:13 by tokra tokra
Feels like a really strange Seeker sequel, and looks and sounds nice :)
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 21:09:08 by ferris ferris
fantastisch! (should have won)
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 22:39:42 by RufUsul RufUsul
Should have won, was a blast !
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 23:00:28 by Pap Pap
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 23:19:37 by aegis aegis
beautiful, my personal 1st place from evoke.
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 23:22:38 by keito keito
yup its def a seeker sequel style prod, and i love it
music approach is fresh but a little too minimalistic for my taste
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 23:30:20 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
This was missing a bit of the elegance I would've hoped for, some of the movements are too sharp and pop-like to keep up the synergy. Also on the color side a tad gloomy for what I got out of the audio. Despite all that, loved it. Grats for once again expanding your comfort zones :)
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 23:32:49 by noby noby
Awesome !
rulez added on the 2015-08-03 00:28:43 by lamogui lamogui
Nice little demo.
I really like the fact that you took a path of just doing an experiment, basically playing with the form.
And the effect (for me) is exactly like this: playful, light, easy to watch.

On the other side, obviously there is nothing really new there, as it is very close to Anjyu (from 2001) in spirit. Still, should it always be all new and unique? Should a demo always shout "look how good I am"? I don't think so.

So, even that you are not using an original music score, overall, a thumb up. Thanks for reminding us yet another interesting direction to go.
rulez added on the 2015-08-03 00:42:13 by tomkh tomkh
Those damn french composers.... :)
Debussy's always an awesome choice
rulez added on the 2015-08-03 01:04:51 by alkama alkama
Hmmm, could even have been a tad more pretentious with a song of Satie :)
Thank you for having the the audacity to use a classical piece as a demo tune. Wonderful demo!
rulez added on the 2015-08-03 10:07:55 by Kylearan Kylearan
I'm not a die hard classical piano music listener, but the music fits the visuals perfectly, fantastic syncing work between audio / visuals. You have created a very special mood that is unlike other demos from the compo and therefore it stands out as a unique piece of art. Well done!
rulez added on the 2015-08-03 16:11:06 by SunSpire SunSpire
It was a real pleasure watching this at evoke, thought it will get first.
rulez added on the 2015-08-03 16:14:18 by mad mad
rulez added on the 2015-08-03 21:05:08 by aha aha
Very nice, especially the last note :)
rulez added on the 2015-08-03 22:10:31 by Manwe Manwe
a very nice contrast to all those bass-driven demos, thank you!
rulez added on the 2015-08-04 10:04:44 by decca decca
Looks as good as I expect coming from Still.
rulez added on the 2015-08-04 20:03:18 by drift drift
Nice hearing something else than electronics for a change, but this doesn't unfortunately connect with me at all. Love the visuals, love the music, forget the demo...
added on the 2015-08-05 13:24:49 by Preacher Preacher
@preacher: Interesting. What do you think is missing?
added on the 2015-08-05 14:52:43 by pixtur pixtur
Loved this!
rulez added on the 2015-08-05 15:17:52 by okkie okkie
good one
rulez added on the 2015-08-05 15:18:53 by seppjo seppjo
I don't really know if I can put it into words. There's something in the fast movement of the scales in the song that don't translate synesthetically inside the visuals for me. In the beginning the camera feels like an observer and not a participant, and I have a feeling that what should be the focus is happening somewhere off-screen. The slower part that starts around a minute works better, because it's slower and the notes sustain longer. Maybe I associate the individual ribbons with the individual notes or something. Then, in the last part, the motion feels slow again against the "plentitude" that's in the music. The music goes forward so much but the visuals feel like they're dragging behind. I'd absolutely love this with an ambient track, but now it feels that the music is running in circles around the ribbons.
added on the 2015-08-05 15:21:23 by Preacher Preacher
@preacher: wow, this is probably the most comprehensible feedback I've got for ages. Thinking about the camera as observer vs. participant is a cool concept. I guess my the original plan was to have the camera stand for the "piano teacher" and the ribbons for the "young student" that climbs stairs of mastering the piano. And yes - that the camera sometimes can't follow up with the crazy action is more or less intentional. But most of the time I just couldn't get the camera under control. I guess motion blur would have helped. And syncing the ribbon-colors to the notes. But the camera-animation is the actual problem. Alex fixed it quiet a bit, though.

Well, I guess doing camera flights takes practice...
added on the 2015-08-06 08:45:51 by pixtur pixtur
rulez added on the 2015-08-06 09:02:51 by Zavie Zavie
Zavie: I'm curious, but the youtube blocks the video in Germany...
added on the 2015-08-06 16:16:43 by pixtur pixtur
rulez added on the 2015-08-06 16:36:35 by Frequent Frequent
Pixtur: it's a BBC documentary on the piano lessons by David Barenboim, teaching young professional pianists how to play Beethoven sonatas.
added on the 2015-08-06 16:54:50 by Zavie Zavie
Its all said
rulez added on the 2015-08-10 18:07:06 by CONS CONS
Loved it. My favorite production from the whole Evoke. The soundtrack is just awwww! :D
rulez added on the 2015-08-12 21:13:24 by argasek argasek
rulez added on the 2015-08-15 15:35:19 by moqui moqui

you're totally right about the camera. I only had a couple of hours at the partyplace to work on it. And since the effects weren't done and the music was hard to understand because of all the noise around me I kind of went for very neutral "observer-cam"... so you're right: It should "act" more during the more intense segments.


Thank you for the link. Very inspiring. Amazing lessons, for every department... :)

If you're in germany you can use clipconverter.cc to download:
This should work: http://www.clipconverter.cc/download/LvzQC5rT/22937170/
added on the 2015-08-17 12:56:08 by 1x 1x
absolutely amazing ... in a chilled way ... also, next level of sync? everything is flowing so smooth here ♥ also, yay to the piano ♥
rulez added on the 2015-08-18 19:17:43 by HellMood HellMood
should have been first. my real 2015 coup de coeur.
rulez added on the 2015-08-21 14:00:44 by iks iks
rulez added on the 2015-08-21 22:46:28 by blackpawn blackpawn
Well done!
rulez added on the 2015-09-17 21:30:10 by cxw cxw
I enjoyed watching and listening to this very much. It is a great piece of "classical" piano music accompanied by a nice visual effect.
rulez added on the 2015-09-28 18:03:37 by Adok Adok
mesmerised & astounded
rulez added on the 2015-12-10 22:13:29 by seism seism
This is realtime art, love it <3
rulez added on the 2016-02-20 00:05:29 by Triace Triace
Nematomorpha gone GLBT. But ok.
rulez added on the 2016-05-19 09:50:35 by rutra80 rutra80
Very nice !
rulez added on the 2016-06-03 21:50:14 by Hexogen Hexogen
rulez added on the 2016-06-04 09:35:21 by fyrex fyrex
greta, agree that some colours seemed off.
rulez added on the 2016-07-26 18:08:15 by elfh elfh
rulez added on the 2016-08-16 01:09:20 by wullon wullon
Innovative, inspirational, beautiful.
rulez added on the 2017-02-12 01:00:08 by v3nom v3nom
Should have won, without a doubt.
rulez added on the 2017-02-19 10:39:38 by fizzer fizzer
rulez added on the 2017-04-20 13:59:40 by nagz nagz
rulez added on the 2017-04-29 03:59:47 by Blueberry Blueberry
I have watched it again: a very nice demo, very colourful, great music. It deserves its thumb up.
added on the 2019-03-22 21:41:20 by Adok Adok
Not my cup of tea but must admit that it's still impressive piec of art.
rulez added on the 2019-06-07 21:47:00 by Pshemsky Pshemsky
Really enjoyed this one. Reminded me a bit of pieces composed by Debussy.
rulez added on the 2023-01-15 16:07:58 by 1935711 1935711

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