Amazing Music Machine
Netlore Archive: Emailed video of an 'amazing music machine' allegedly manufactured out of farm equipment parts at the University of Iowa.
Description: Viral video
Circulating since: Nov. 2006 (this version)
Status: Caption is false
Email contributed by D. Sanchez, Nov. 18, 2006:
FW: Check this out, made from John Deere equipment
Analysis: Don't believe everything you read. The video is amazing, no question, but the "fantastic machine" depicted therein wasn't built out of farm equipment parts at the University of Iowa. It's an example, rather, of the incredible 3D computer animation created by Wayne Lytle and his team at Animusic in Austin, Texas. No such machine exists in the real world.
Nor, for the record, is there a "Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory," a "Sharon Wick School of Engineering," nor a "Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall" at the University of Iowa. The caption accompanying the video in emails circulating since November 2006 is entirely fictitious, authored by an anonymous prankster.
You can view a clip from the original video, entitled "Pipe Dream," in its proper context here.
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Sources and further reading:
Animusic Home Page
Creators of 3D computer graphics music animation
New York Times, 30 November 2005
Last updated: 12/04/06