If you are within the age range of, let's say... 25-35 or so, then you'll remember this video. You don't know that you remember. It will burst forth from the deepest recesses of your memory, and you'll be like "OH YEAH!"
And that, my friends, is the Animusic masterpiece called Pipe Dreams. The Animusic team are mad geniuses who write the craziest music and then animate it in nutty 3D CGI. Pipe Dreams was their "single," I guess. It ended up on PBS, CNN, and in every single school in the nation as far as I can tell. They were putting The Matrix and all of these other late 90's computer graphic movies to shame and deserve all of the recognition they got and way more.
I remember those days when the teacher was like "screw it, we're having a movie day." He'd dim the lights, half the kid's would put their heads down and miss out like idiots as the teacher rolled that big cart with the CRT TV and VCR out on it, and hit play on the VHS tape of the decade. And we'd all get blown away by this PVC pipe and drum madness:
That was the jam. Each song had different instrumentation and concepts to the animation. I remember laser shows with robot guitarists and all kinds of stuff. But these Rube Goldberg style ones were always the best to me. I like how a single ball could pop out and hit several strings or drums before getting collected like the final ball on a Putt-Putt course.
This team literally impacted an entire generation of society. So much so that they actually after all these years decided to pump out Animusic 3 and got it completely funded on Kickstarter! If Pixar had any sense, they'd buy this company and keep this concept going for future generations. I've not seen any better way to get young kids interested in music yet.
If you dig it, support the crew and scoop up Animusic 1 & 2. Get comfortable, partake in your favorite "evening time enjoyments," and get your mind blown. There's not been anything this sci-fi and new age-ish since the Cocoon movie came out in the 80's. If you need more convincing, check out these screenshots...
That one is called Cathedral and includes xylophones and church organs. This next one is from Starship Groove and shows our fascination with MIDI instruments during that time period:
Of course it can't all happen in outer space, so you'll dive under the ocean for Fiber Bundles, which looks like a boss fight location in a Final Fantasy game:
If that doesn't do the trick and you managed to avoid getting sucked into watching the video above, look at the classic Pipe Dreams, showing the giant chimes, drum set, and strings on the left:
Of course there's tons more songs and animations, but I can't spoil it all. Take a trip down memory lane and grab the DVD's at the link above. They're quite the adventure! They still hold up even 20-30 years later. This is timeless, evergreen goodness that your kids will still enjoy.