Jan Svankmajer: Historia Naturae

February 17, 2007

Here is a fascinating 8 minute animation about natural history by Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer. Reminding me of Monty Python, I wonder whether having a science teacher like Svankmajer who had this kind of a sensibility might not have made me more curious about science as a lad.

I couldn’t tell by the credits who did the music, but you’ll clearly hear a 12-tone theme that hits us throughout the whole video: count ’em, all 12. The composer doesn’t seem interested in the inversion or retrograde, rather he wants us to make friends with his original set. Ok, ok, uncle, I’m friends with it already!

[via Ursi]


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