Alexander Chen is a Brooklyn-based musician–artist–Google employee. The incredible Les Paul Google Doodle, which appeared earlier this year, was his invention. And now Chen’s come up with an evolutionary descendant called Baroque.me.
Chen’s creation is a playable visualization of the famous first prelude from Bach’s cello suites. “Using the mathematics behind string length and pitch,” Chen explains, “it came from a simple idea: what if all the notes were drawn as strings? Instead of a stream of classical notation on a page, this interactive project highlights the music’s underlying structure and subtle shifts.” If you’re like us, it may take you a moment or two to understand just what’s happening on your screen—but it won’t take much longer to appreciate how awesome it is.
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