• O Fortuna Mondegreens — Animated!

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    A mondegreen is a misinterpretation of a phrase with a near-homophony of the original. Usually this results in a new (and often humorous) meaning. In the case of Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna,” it can also provide some welcome relief to this over-used and often over-blown work.

  • In harmony with 12 12 12

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    Today is December 12, 2012. For some, that makes it National Aircheck Day (1-2, 1-2, 1-2). For others, 12/12/12 means its the perfect time to celebrate dodecaphonic, or 12-tone music. And that’s all the excuse we need to post this ad from conductor Matthias Bamert. Enjoy! (testing, testing, 1-2, 1-2)

  • The Music Animation Machine

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    I ran across this amazing music program the other day. The Music Animation Machine does exactly what the name says — it takes music and converts it to animated graphics. But it does more than that. Those graphics show pitch, duration and convergence. You don’t have to read music to see what the Music Animation […]

  • cdza and the Human Jukebox

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    cdza is a collection of extremely talented musicians that put out a series of videos. But not just ordinary music videos. Rather, cdza creates videos that zoom in on different aspects of music, forcing the audience to re-examine their assumptions about the art. These fast-paced videos work because everyone involved is a top-flight musician (or […]

  • Gaga About the Fugue

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    A new video based on a very old tradition has been making the rounds. Italian composer Giovanni Dettori has composed a fugue based on a motif found in Lady Gaga’s song, “Bad Romance.” Composers have been using popular music for contrapuntal fodder for centuries — sometimes to the disapproval of their audiences (or patrons). The […]

  • Understanding Minimalism

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    It’s difficult to talk about music. As a friend of mine once remarked, “you’re trying to put into words something that couldn’t be expressed with words in the first place.” There are two videos, though, that may help folks understand one of the important underlying concepts of minimalism. When music is stripped down to its […]