Velocissimo, Affrettando, Prestissimo!!
June 30, 2013 11:15 AM   Subscribe

50,000 years of Western music in under 500 seconds: A video of artist Pablo Morales de los Rios creating one of those whiteboard-n'-marker style accelerated drawings spanning ~500 centuries of the stuff that soothes a savage breast. (Spanish, with English subtitles. Warning: may not contain all the things.)
posted by taz (12 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I forgot to turn on the subtitles. But it's cognate-packed, anyway!
posted by sklero at 11:28 AM on June 30, 2013

This is not the Western music I was thinking of....
posted by eviemath at 11:33 AM on June 30, 2013

No need for subtitles. In awe of the drawing talent and even as chopped down and compressed as this history was, it still shows how much fecking music there is to listen to and discover, even when not taking into account all the non-western stuff explicitly left out.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:38 AM on June 30, 2013

Velocissimo, Affrettando, Prestissimo, Lemmy
posted by hal9k at 11:42 AM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by Teakettle at 11:56 AM on June 30, 2013 [3 favorites]

I do like the way it ends with the closing notes of the Bach Chaconne...
posted by BobsterLobster at 1:42 PM on June 30, 2013

Chaconne is in dminor.. maybe it was alternate tuning as the note was a C#. chaconne ends on d.

Anyway that was fun.. left out stravinsky I think but queen was there.. lol.
I liked the fast writing the most.
posted by snaparapans at 3:16 PM on June 30, 2013

Cool, I always like these whiteboard drawing things. I was kind of hoping there'd be more grouping by musical similarities, or which movements inspired others (either by imitation or rejection), or something. It seemed to be just a series of name-checks. Still, the payoff at the end was unexpected and made it worthwhile.
posted by echo target at 5:16 PM on June 30, 2013

Delightful - so entertaining, taz, so well done - I loved the closing flourish, too - I hadn't seen it coming.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:08 PM on June 30, 2013

Btw, the Castrati bit cracked me up... eventually. I watched the whole thing a couple of times before it registered what was going on there. (Appears after "Baroque")
posted by taz at 12:31 AM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Btw, the Castrati bit cracked me up..

Funny, now I get it.. When I saw it the first time I thought it was crossed out because there was too much ambiguity between a woman's face and breasts and a penis with balls.. IOW it was a bit to racy so it had to be crossed out.. funny, that it was highlighting the castrato aspect. Very clever!
posted by snaparapans at 7:10 AM on July 1, 2013

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