Lytle performed in and composed most of the music for progressive rock bands throughout high school, and later studied classical piano. He first envisioned his idea of animated music in 1982, while an undergraduate student in music and computer science. In 1988, he joined the Cornell Theory Center, where he could experiment with his idea as a scientific visualization producer. As a long time musician, he specialized in composing and later created all the music for Animusic.
Lytle founded Animusic (originally under the name Visual Music) in 1995 with his associate David Crognale. Together, they released Animusic 1 originally in 2001 (and re-released in 2004) and Animusic 2 in 2005. They both are making another musical film called Animusic 3 and were hoping to release it in October 2013, but Crognale left and since then the release date has been postponed and is currently uncertain.
Lytle also has produced numerous computer animations for Siggraph.
He now lives in New York State with his wife Patricia and he has two children named Andrew and Elizabeth. Andrew appeared on the Director's Commentary of Animusic 2 during the animation Gyro Drums, and commented on the "electric drum part".
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