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  • Happyman is Back

    As most of you know Happyman has been on hiatus. (Sorry!). But now he is back. I have put together this little synopsis episode of the first act of the opera. (The first eleven episodes of Happyman comprise Act I of the opera. Episode 12 revealed Ratboy Genius as the creator and he invites Happyman and Green Monster out with him on their day off. Ep. 13 also took place outside of the Opera and depicted a typical sojourn to Washington D.C. for the trio.)

    When I began working on this project, I did not have a plan for the story or the music. At first I just took them one at a time and saw what happened. Then people started asking me what was going to happen to George. . . And I realized that I should probably think about things a little bit more. The fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pajamas approach took me safely up to the end of Act I (ep. 11).

    And then summer break came, and then school started again, and then I managed to get my house guest’s stuff out of my apartment, and then I started working on Happyman again.

    In the meantime, somebody sent HM 12 to somebody, and a small viral attack began on YouTube. It wasn’t just that so many people were viewing the video, but many were commenting and writing to me. Many of the comments were thoughtful and appreciative. Many were outlandishly abusive. I had to delete many comments with foul language and perverse sexual suggestions. The children!

    I was faced for the first time with the problem of having a community of critics and fans for my work on a broad scale.

    And for a while I fought with the pressure to respond favorably, and then with the pressure to ignore, and finally hit upon a new attitude with new techniques and hopefully recognizing the great challenges to get this story through season two. And I realized that even though e12 and e13 had many thousands of views, but actual Opera was averaging a very small percentage of that. So I realized very few people were paying attention to this after all, and I had nothing to worry about.

    Before the second season starts and to get you caught up with the events of Act I, I created this little teaser, a sort of “Previously: On Happyman” T.V. spot.

  • i ching – the creative

    Several years ago I composed a multimedia piece that used categories from the i ching as inspiration for a musical suite. I performed on piano, harpsichord, and a casio keyboard, operated a slide projector with slides that I created for each i ching category with photos I took in Tahiti. I also precomposed a two-channel tape part and some MIDI music for the Casio to play by itself and in the ensemble.

    The whole piece is here: http://www.ryandorin.com/undersky.html

    Today I came across some of that old music and decided to create an electronic score and a new video. This is the “creative” category. In the piece, the rhythm of the words are used to generate the music, and in the video, the line from the musical score with the words scrolls by on a ribbon.

    The words are:

    the creative – great success benefits the upright and true.


  • Outsourced. . . Salo

    As you know, my video work has gotten very popular as of late. So much so, that sometimes I find myself spending more time deciding what to work to take on, than actually working on anything in particular! To be or not be for sure.

    But recently I was presented with a rare opportunity that required little consideration. My good friend Ben Gallina, a fantastic bass player, and, as it turns out, a fantastic composer, came to me and said, “Ryan, my band Salo has just completed recording a new album of my music, and I would love for you to make a video animation for one of the tracks.” So I said, “Sure, Ben. I think I can do that.”

    Once we arranged my modest but not insubstantial fee, Ben decided that he wanted a video for his track, “Metamorphistopheles”. To be honest, I only have a vague idea what this title means. I can assume that something is changing into something else. And maybe the devil is involved. But I’m not really sure. What I do know is that the music totally rocks, even though Salo is a “jazz” band. I like to think of it as Ben’s own brand of “acid jazz” – blending jazz instrumentality and sensibility with prog-rock-funk rhythms and harmonies.

    Now, normally when I embark on such an ambitious project as this, I like to have some parameters to work within. As Igor Stravinsky once said, “The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.” In this case I was not as fortunate as Stravinsky. Ben said something like, “Hey man, do whatever you want. I don’t really care. I trust you.”

    So I went deep into my wellspring of creativity and pulled out one of my most natural resources – balls. Lots and lots of balls. Very colorful balls. Spinning and turning and flying and bouncing and dancing and just otherwise carrying on. But that’s not all. There’s a whole fantasy land of adventure waiting for you this at once captivating and spellbinding episode of music turned into motion. The musicians are incredible and the music is hot, and the video is here:

    Credits: Alex Hamlin, Ed RosenBerg, Josh Rutner, Red Wierenga, Andrew Smiley, Ben Gallina, Alex Wyatt. Written by Ben Gallina. Animation by Ryan Dorin. Solos Alex Wyatt – drums, Alex Hamlin – alto sax.

  • Happyman 12 – Intermission

    The episode opens in the office of the Ratboy Genius, in the top of the Castle in Ratboy’s Kingdom. RBG has finally revealed himself as the creator/composer/director/producer of the new exciting opera, “The Adventures of Happyman on the Red Planet”. And he is so impressed with his friends who have been starring in the production.

    It is a day off from shooting the opera, so the Ratboy Genius has invited his good friend Happyman to visit him in his office. They sing their own version of the Ratboy’s Theme Song (originally featured in Ratboy Genius #9). Then they both go down to the pool to pick up the Green Monster, who is floating there. Ratboy can’t resist the temptation to dive off his high diving board, where he scores a perfect 10 with a smooth entry and very little splash.

    The three friends all get into Ratboy’s little red buggy and drive through the magical tunnel over to Kingdom Studios for a tour of the opera sets on the studio sound stages. We see the grand entrance of the Kingdom Studios, and drive down the corridor and into Studio G. They drive the little red buggy through some of our favorite locations from the Red Planet and a grand finale ensues where they speculate on what will happen next in the opera, “The Adventures of Happyman on the Red Planet”.