The Bach-Project

I came in touch with the music by Johann Sebastian Bach around 2011 when i began to learn to play the piano. The famous "Prelude in C" (BWV 846) entered my mind and didn't leave at all. My curiosity was awakened: What is the chemistry behind that music? Where does its beauty come from?

I’ve realized that Bach’s music is enwrought with cryptic patterns and mathematical equotations. How would these patterns look like, if i could visualize them? That was the initial question that has persuaded me to begin “The Bach-Project”, an exploration of visual structures in music.

The “Prelude in C” is a sequence of 545 notes, condensed to 34 bars with 16 notes each. All notes get played in a arpeggio-like, regular rhythm.

This special structure qualifies the piece to be displayed in a two-dimensional grid where each cell represents one note.

Here i applied a shade of grey to each note in the C-Major-scale, beginning with white for the C and closing with black for the B.

I really liked the simple idea of developing visual equivalents to the musical data. I’ve experimented with pitch-controlled rotations, randomness and complex shapes.

More projects

La Luz Negra
The Bach-Project
Reflect
Crazy Cool Developers
The Grid
Grid Systems
Tonboutique Designer
UrbanAfrica
Expanding Systems
Ars Multiplicata
Redrawing Images
Festival Aural
Flow
Mockups
Tonboutique Records
INGE

Tim Roden­bröker is driven by the elemen­tary con­cepts of graphic design, creativity- tech­niques and the poten­tial of computer-programming. After studying communi­cation design in Münster and Lisbon he dis­covered creative coding as a power­ful tool to enter new, unex­plored terri­tories. Beyond syntax, func­tions and variables he conti­nues to dis­cover infi­nite possible app­lications.

Selected lectures

TEDx Paderborn
Münster School of Design
GUDialog

Selected clients and partners

TwoPoints.Net
Onformative
Selam X
TUSH Magazine
Studio von Monkiewitsch
Festival Aural
RUDERERNETZ
CCCB Barcelona

Featured on

slanted.de
Gestalten.com
brutalistwebsites.com
Design Made In Germany

Selected exhibitions

Elephant Room Gallery Chicago
APT Gallery London
PSD-Medienfassade
Platine Festival Cologne

Feel free to get in touch!
post@timrodenbroeker.de
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