The WTC Visualised
October 18, 2019 4:15 AM   Subscribe

Malinowski has also been featured here in 2017.
posted by Harald74 at 5:40 AM on October 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

For those who wonder about the title: well temperament. I took a music appreciation class in college that greatly increased my enjoyment of classical music (although I’m still a rock and roll guy at heart) but never got to the point of discussing music theory in such detail. It was only when my daughter started taking piano lessons that I delved into music theory enough to understand what Bach was doing.
posted by TedW at 6:02 AM on October 18, 2019 [4 favorites]

I find the visualizations are really helpful in following all of what's going on. My favorite for this is the C# major prelude.
You can also really see the fugue subjects- e.g. the D minor fugue, although it's even more apparent in the F minor, where the subjects are boxed.
posted by MtDewd at 6:08 AM on October 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

Note there are indeed multiple styles. I was turned off by the style in the first linked track; it looks more like a silly WinAmp visualization or a screensaver. But many of the visualizations are more like an animated music score, including the ones MtDewd links above. Those are really helpful in visualizing the various lines of music interthreaded.
posted by Nelson at 7:41 AM on October 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

Oh, love!

I'm reading Gardiner's Music in the Castle of Heaven right now, and do not have enough music theory to grasp a depressing amount of it, but it's deepening my already-extant love for Bach. This is coming at just the right time.

(I want to get just a little bit high and watch this and listen to it. I'm not saying that to be flip, but because I want that focus and my brain to rewire itself a little more easily, and let me live inside the music a bit more thoroughly.)
posted by kalimac at 8:21 AM on October 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

What Would Bach’s Music Look Like in 1950s Neon? (Vimeo, Prelude and Fugue in C Major)
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:41 AM on October 18, 2019 [4 favorites]

I loved #35 on the list. I have the series playing in the background at work and I'm getting so much done!
posted by victoriab at 10:58 AM on October 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

If TedW's article about well temperment whetted your appetite for more, Anita Sullivan's The Seventh Dragon is a fun & interesting read.
posted by sneebler at 8:38 AM on October 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

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