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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.