The shape of the Goldberg Variations

October 6, 2006


A new online program promises to “show” us the shape of music. We have graduate students do this in seminars to map out the structure of (classical) music, and have always found it an interesting tool. The program is called “The Shape of Sound” and has a peculiar library ranging from Boulez and Stockhausen to ZZ Top. Here is the “shape” of Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations. One has to tell the program the location of a MIDI file and it supposedly adds it to the library. I tried in vain to add Wainwright’s POSES and wrote the author asking for him/her to help. In the meantime, the Bach example gives you a good idea what it does.

[thanks again to Ursi, my favorite talent scout]

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