On the heels of Math Expressions Games, HMH contacted me to work on an animation project based on Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe. Randall Munroe who used to work at NASA, and is now a best-selling author and cartoonist. His concept is to use a paired down vocabulary of 1000 words to describe phenomena such as planets, the growth of organisms, use of fire, etc… Animator André Navarre to animate the drawings from Thing Explainer.

The music here had to be cute to match the look and feel of the animations. One of the producers selected a tempo…  120bpm and provided some references. Then I started to write to picture, collaborating with the producer by e-mail and file-exchange. The trick here was to develop simple melodies and meaningful chord changes, while having the flexibility to swap out / shorten / lengthen sections. As one piece of music was used for 4 videos per subject, I had to edit the music for different lengths… by sometimes as much as 20seconds…