Thursday, June 06, 2013

Bach visualization - Brandenburg Concerto 4

This is an interesting visualization. It forgoes the readhead representation in favor of animated shapes that shrink in size to convey duration. The animation of the shape provides a cue as to the continuity of the line (as if color wasn't sufficient) by moving to the next note (I keep having to remind myself that this is not a pitch bend or gliss). The violin line (in yellow) has a connective line which seems a bit better. There is certainly an advantage to this view as one can easily (more so than traditional notation) follow an individual line and the voice crossings. The use of color greatly adds to this ability to distinguish individual parts. That said, the color also has a side affect of misrepresenting the aesthetic of the work. Are the timbral colors of these different instruments so decidedly unique? I think a more muted version would convey a more realistic version of how we hear the completed work. That would imply a sort of analysis and visual representation that is more design minded than this approach. It also implies a greater degree of analysis and the visualization being a statement exploring that analysis and this is not what I believe the authors intended. I find it an interesting step and am curious to see where it goes. Interestingly, midi representations have been around since the 80's and this is not that far a step from them.

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