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20-11-2013, 10:07 PM
Visualizing Music
I've been preparing a meal in my very own habitable room with my very own hotplate and rice cooker, and while things were warming up, I looked back on a video I'd discovered a couple of years ago.

This video (one of a series) has been around for quite a while, so some of you may have already seen it, but I thought that I'd present it for those who have not and may like this sort of thing. It is a performance of JS Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor with what I suppose one would call an animated score. The organ registers are represented by colors, pitch by distance above a baseline, and time is linear. I especially like the visualization of the fugue, a dimension I hadn't encountered in my days in music theory class.

So, for your edification, entertainment, etc., here it is:





I hope you find it as enjoyable as I have.

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20-11-2013, 10:15 PM
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May I introduce you to Synthesia?



Maybe you'd like it, it shows the notes being played and allSmile

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20-11-2013, 10:19 PM
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(20-11-2013 10:15 PM)grizzlysnake Wrote:  May I introduce you to Synthesia?



Maybe you'd like it, it shows the notes being played and allSmile

This is fantastic! It reminds me of a player piano. Smile

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20-11-2013, 10:24 PM
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I always thought having synesthesia would be pretty cool. I've always kind of wished I could see music, for real.

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20-11-2013, 10:40 PM
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(20-11-2013 10:19 PM)dclarion Wrote:  
(20-11-2013 10:15 PM)grizzlysnake Wrote:  May I introduce you to Synthesia?



Maybe you'd like it, it shows the notes being played and allSmile

This is fantastic! It reminds me of a player piano. Smile
yeah, its a really fun program I have it myself. All you do is load up a midi file and all those colors represent which keys to press and duration. It doesn't even have to show that there is also an option to read sheet music, a great teaching tool really. If you have a midi keyboard that is.

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20-11-2013, 10:42 PM
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(20-11-2013 10:24 PM)Dark Light Wrote:  I always thought having synesthesia would be pretty cool. I've always kind of wished I could see music, for real.
I know what you mean, interesting stuff but the thing is they just can't turn it off..I wonder though, how does blue smell? Could it be blueberries?Smile

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21-11-2013, 09:48 AM
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The first video is sort of how I think of music. I've tried learning sheet music, but it's so confusing. A section is supposed to be loud, so you look below the lines to see that? The tempo changes but the notes use the same symbols as before, so the O lasts two thirds as long suddenly? And the bottom line isn't C? Nonsense.

I like my horizontal blocks with length displaying length, height displaying height on the scale, colours to keep track of the register, squiggly lines to denote vibrato, a diagonal line through a rectangle to denote increasing or decreasing loudness... It just makes more sense to me.

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