Form follows Music

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is a unique and fascinating cultural heritage. While listening, you may realize that it must have a lot to do with logic and mathematics. Bach thought in systems and patterns when composing, and these structures can also be represented visually. This course will explore the visualization of the popular piano piece “Prelude in C”, which, because of its linear structure, can be ideally transformed into a data set in the form of an array of numerical values. We will experiment with this data set in this course and slowly approximate generative design.

This course is not about the infinitely wide range of possibilities in music visualization, nor is it about how to use audio data for generative design. Rather, this course deals with a very simple example of visualizing music and shows how to turn numerical data into graphics.

Me, trying to play the Prelude in C (2013)


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