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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Journeys on the Web - Animated music

Animated Bach
I stumbled across something I hadn't seen before.  I was looking, on YouTube, for a piece of organ music that I really like - J S Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565 to be pedantic).  It's very well known, I'm sure you will have heard it somewhere.  I found a really strong, and loud, version that was great, but one of the suggestions that YouTube offered was another version with the a picture like the one above.  Well I clicked on it and was mesmerised.  I am not sure who the organist was but the animation came from Stephen Malinowski who, Wikipedia tells me, is an American composer, pianist, educator, software engineer and inventor.

You should know that I like music, but I am not musical in any way.  I have difficulty playing an iPod.  But I found it fascinating to watch, and listen.  The animation immediately shows how the music is played, which reaffirms my belief that I am destined never to be able to play an instrument.  It also shows the complexity, and some of the mathematical structure, of this work by Bach.

Check it out here.

There are a whole lot more videos out there showing these animations...enjoy.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

I'm in the Windows 10 Queue

I am an optimist, so even after my issues with upgrading to Windows 8/8.1 - see my earlier rant , I signed up for the free upgrade to Windows 10 a couple of months back.  So now I am just waiting for Microsoft to give me the magic incantation that will let me upgrade.  That might be hours, days, or weeks away.  I'm not good at waiting, especially as I know that someone, Microsoft or maybe Father Christmas, downloaded a 4.8 GB set of files to my system a couple of days back.  I know there are ways to get this upgrade going now, but I want to see the process that most people will see.  It's called education.

I'm hoping that I will enjoy W10 much more than W8/W8.1.  I still don't like W8 in general.  It's the two interfaces (desktop and touch) that annoys me.  It's just confusing and awkward.  It looks like W10 will resolve that for me.