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July 20, 2015
Pierre-Laurent Aimard opens a world of imagination in Ligeti's piano music

Another week, another site that demonstrates a brilliant use of the possibilities of the web to enrich musical experience in hitherto-undreamed-of ways: pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s Inside the Score project, on the piano music of György Ligeti. It’s an astonishingly multi-dimensional insight into two short pieces, the 13th of his Etudes for solo piano, L’escalier du Diable, (“The Devil’s Staircase”) and the first movement of the much earlier Musica Ricercata – and as a collaboration with the Ruhr piano festival, it’s completely, absolutely free for anyone to view, and you should.

June 22, 2015
Artist Transforms Classical Music Into Stunning Fluorescent Light Show

“Bach in Lights,” an animation by artist Alan Warburton featuring two compositions from The Well Tempered Clavier (Prelude and Fugue in C Major), is a clever fusion of classical music and modern animation tools. In this scene, hundreds of fluorescent light bulbs are hung in a gallery and parking garage, each one a physical representation of a single music note’s length and pitch. When a note is struck, its light, shadows, glows and reflections are rendered, creating a surprisingly life-like experience. It’s both technically astounding and incredibly soothing to watch.

June 4, 2015
Mesmerizing video brings cutting-edge brilliance to Bach

While that's impressive enough, the process Warburton -- a visual artist specializing in computer animation -- went through to create the computerized animation is equally inspiring. According to Sinfini Music, which sponsored the project, Warburton listened to the parts of Johann Sebastian Bach's composition he would eventually illustrate by boarding a bus and immersing himself in the music for hours.

He then needed to come up with an automated way to get his computer-generated neon lights to sound in exact synchrony with the piano key strikes of pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who played the music in the video.

May 27, 2015
New Online, Interactive View of Ligeti’s Works

Mr. Aimard said he considered it a duty to pass on the knowledge he garnered from witnessing the way Ligeti adjusted works after their first performances. “If at that moment you are there, you are in contact with everything that the composer couldn’t write into his score but belongs to the piece,” Mr. Aimard said. “All the images and imagination that engendered a work.”