A Mesmerizing Animated Graphical Score of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

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.

via Digg