Pipe Dream

Available on:

Animusic 1 DVD, Animusic HD

Animation Length:

3 minutes and 23 seconds

Previous Animation:

Drum Machine

Next Animations:

Acoustic Curves


Pipe Dream 2

Pipe Dream is fifth animation in the track list for the Animusic 1 and Animusic HD DVD. Pipe Dream 2 was the follow-up on this animation.


A bunch of instruments play on a room completly surrounded by pipes. This animation begins with the ball firing testing on the acoustic guitar/bongo double instrument. The stage is mostly made up of a circular vibraphone fountain, acoustic guitar/bongo/ banjo/bongo double instrument, a drum kit with a slide-bar marimba on top. They are all played by ball bearings that shoot out of certain pipes. The room's walls are ethier white or pink and the floor appears to be made out wood. The instruments are all connected to the pipes


Instruments in the order they're presented:


  • Guitar: D1-F3
  • Banjo: G3-D4
  • Vibraphone: C2-G5
  • Bells: G4-D5
  • Marimba: C2-G5


This starts with one hit on the key of "C".



  • On September 12th 2006, an email was sent, stating this segment was partially was a real machine built at the University of Iowa using farm equipment. The hoax mail also said that it took 13,000 hours to make the performance (equivalent to about a year and a half), including building, calibrating, etc. This inspired the computer technology company, Intel, to build a real life version of Pipe Dream.
Check out this farm equipment. Read the information below before
clicking on the attachment.

This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between The
Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of
Engineering at the University of Iowa. Amazingly, 97% of the machines
components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of
Bancroft Iowa, yes farm equipment!

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment,
Calibration, and tuning before filming this video but as you can see it
was WELL worth the effort.

It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the
University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.


  • While the bongos on the acoustic guitar are tuned to reflect the corresponding strings, the bongos on the banjo are all tuned to the same note.
  • This animation is the only piece from the first DVD to have a full-HD version on the Animusic HD Blu-Ray. Harmonic Voltage, Aqua Harp and Drum Machine were included in high-bitrate SD.
  • This name of this animation references the phrase "pipe dream," meaning "an unattainable or fanciful hope or scheme."
  • Pipe Dream was written in 2001.
  • This Animusic animation is so famous that the real-world version of this was built in Intel and a YouTuber did a performance video under the title, "One Band Man: Pipe Dream."
  • In this video, the ball bearings always bounce into the pipes every time the instruments are played, while in real life it would be nearly impossible for the balls to ricochet consistently, especially off of guitar strings. Like Wayne once said, "There's an extent [...] to which it violates physics [...], but in the Animusic universe, that's all okay."
  • Wayne, in the commentary, states that the set has numerous dents in it, jokingly stating that many ball bearings had misfired, and calling the actual animation "a good take".
  • Pipe Dream was remade in real-time animation in Radeon 9700 Realtime Demo.
  • Ironically, in the commentary, Wayne states that Pipe Dream is the most prominent example of why Animusic is not animated in realtime.
  • Pipe Dream had a working title of "Bounce".
  • Solo Cams:
  • CAM 1: Bass/Bongo and Banjo/Bongo Combos.
  • CAM 2: Drum Kit.
  • CAM 3: Vibraphone Fountain.


This is the gallery for Pipe Dream.