Stephen Malinowski of the Music Animation Machine created a mesmerizing animated graphical score of the second movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto accompanied by a recording of the piece performed by the Fulda Symphonic Orchestra. His graphical score provides a stunning visualization of the beautiful music.
The notation he used is quite simple, yet its use creates an almost immediate picture of the logic behind the composition:
- Each note is represented by a colored bar.
- The bars scroll across the screen from right to left as the piece plays, and each bar lights up as its note sounds (so you can’t lose your place).
- The length of each bar corresponds exactly to the duration of its note as performed (not in any way “quantized”).
- The vertical position of the bar corresponds to the pitch — higher notes are higher on the screen, lower notes are lower.
- The horizontal position indicates the note’s timing in relation to the other notes.
More of his animations available to view are listed on his website.