Einsel Theater: The Age of Information – Complete Video, Song and Lyrics

The Display

Closed in the early 1990s, one area of Communicore West can easily be crowned as the definitive definition of a prophecy that came true. Nestled along a huge wall in Futurecom, this 40 foot kinetic sculpture included fifty-five automaton figures and countless animated devices, props and displays; all timed to react and move in perfect synchronyy with the song that shared its name with the display: The Age of Information. Walter Einsel, an American Sculptor and Artist, was commissioned by Disney to bring the imagineers concepts to life. Known for his illustrative corporate work for Allied Van Lines, Jello and even the creative star behind the Merill Lync bull logo, Walter got to work on this project in his barn, converted to studio, in Westport, CT.

As a young girl, Walter's granddaughter Lisa watched him work on nearly a daily basis...drawings, carvings, figures...Soon the models and concepts were shipped to Disney where Imagineers turned the concepts in the full-size working display. EPCOT opened, Walter and family visited to see and admire his work and then, life went on...Communicore closed in early 1994, the Age of Information was dismantled and either archived or destroyed, EPCOT had moved on and Innoventions stormed into the space. Walter passed-on a few years later in 1998, and the majority of his work lay dormant in his studio from that point forward.

Fast forward to 2016 when Lisa returned to the studio after Niaad Einsel, Walter's wife passed away. Going through years of her grandparents' unparalleled careers and collection, she pulled the covers back on a treasure trove of his drawings, models and sketches for the Age of Information as well as a never before seen VHS video of the display. Thinking that someone out there may someday want to see the documents and video she ensured their safety. We'll be sharing her grandfathers papers at a later time once we have them all scanned in. 

The Video


Earlier this year we stumbled up on Lisa's Einsel Theater video on Youtube; we quickly got in touch with her as we knew we could work a little restoration and enhancement magic on the video. She graciously agreed to let us borrown the tape and sat with us for an interview about Walter and the backstory to this amazing display. We will forewarn you; the music is an earworm that will be with you for days!

The Music

While we've worked to uncover the backstory of the installtion, not the same can be said of the accompanying song. Searches in most music databases and licesense departments have turned up empty. The catchy tune and unprecedented prediction of the future of smart phones and communication makes you appreciate this song more than you could have back in the early 80s.

Age of Information Lyrics [Author: Unknown]

[male 1]
now mom and dad and junior can own
a new fangled smart telephone

[female 1]
its amazing all the things it can do

[together]
As it brings the world closer to you

[male 1]
you can sit right there in your easy chair
and check the stock report

[female 1]
on a screen at home make plans to roam
to your favorite ski resort

[together]
It'll bring the world closer to you

[male 2]
There's a wonderful change comin'
a beautiful day dawnin'
a miracle we're seeing come true

'cause the age of information
is sweeping across the nation
and bringing the world closer to you

[male 1]
it will call the cops on a robber

[female 2]
it will help the kids with their homework

[male 1]
it will hook your home to your office

[male 3]
send your heartbeat clear cross town

[female chorus]
it will give you all kinds of freedom

[female 2]
Like when you want to go shopping
it will bring the store to your front door

[female chorus]
it's the handiest thing around

[chorus]
and it brings the world, closer to you
and its making the world better
its making the world smaller
its giving the world something brand new

[male 1]
'cause the age of information
is sweeping across the nation

[chorus]
and bringing the world closer to you

[male 1]
Now the miracles have only begun
In the places where our business gets done

[female 1]
the office of tomorrow will be

[female chorus]
the very model of effeciency

[male chorus]
If you want data,
you’ll get that data

[male 1]
And only the data you need

[male 2]
And the words are movin’
And the mail is movin’

[male chorus]
With electronic speed

[female chorus]
you will talk to two or quite a few
on a teleconference call

[male chorus]
and the chips are sorting

[female chorus]
and the datas moving

[male 3]
on a thread of glass so small

[chorus]
as it brings the world, closer to you

[male 2]
your phone will be a computer

[female 1]
it will make your bank deposits

[male 2]
it will mail your voice like a letter

[chorus]
where it can wait to a later date
to communicate
so we're making the world better,
we're making the world smaller
we're bringing the world something brand new

cause the age of information
is sweeping across the nation
and bringing the world closer to you

[male 1]
and your voice is traveling
and your words are moving
and the wires are humming a song

[female chorus]
and the world is changin'
and the countrys' changin'

[chorus]
so won't you come along?
on this wonderous journey
to the information age

there's a wonderful change comin'
a beautiful day dawnin'
a miracle we're seeing coming true

cause the age of information
is sweeping across the nation

[male 1]
and bringing the world closer to you

[chorus]
closer to you
closer to you
bringing the world
bringing the world
closer to you

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