by The Scarlet Harlot on December 12, 2005 · 3 comments
in Music Videos,Uncategorized
The Music Animation Machine is a reference tool that shows how music scoring works, by displaying it as animation. Here’s their rendition of one my all time favorite tunes, Claude DeBussy’s Clair De Lune
More clips can be found here.
That’s actually what’s called a “piano roll” view of MIDI data rather than “scoring.” There are MIDI software programs that do a similar display. The one I use looks boring in contrast to this, though, because I can’t control the colors of the notes.
I tried to figure out if there was any method to the colors used…pitch, duration, volume, etc. They appear to be random though.
That was my first thought when I saw it too. It is just an animation of a MIDI sequence, but the software that did it was written in the early eighties. Pretty cool, and probably a big influence on every crappy MIDI sequencer that shipped with a SoundBlaster that did this kind of thing.
Look at the guy’s history section, some of the stuff he’s done since then is really neat.
The method of coloring is not random, but based on pitch class; it’s described here: http://www.musanim.com/mam/pfifth.htm
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