Most everyday situations you can look at and know, definitively, that there will be an appropriate GIF for that situation. But what about years, or years in music? Is it really possible to sum up any year in a single moving image?
A musician called Joshua Carrafa seems to think so, and he’s been doing a pretty good job so far on his Tumblr page, Music History In GIFs. He’s been cataloguing musical history year by year with retro videogame-style 8-bit animations, and providing captions to give an insight into his process. Starting in 1964 and so far working all the way up to 2012, he sometimes creates more than one GIF for a year to give a little more context, but it’s surprising how much just one big story or artist can sum up a big year. We’ve selected a GIF for each year from 1964-2012 – take a look below to see how well he encapsulates each era.
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