Music Animation Machine — Introduction to Classical Music

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hapamadness1 Found your original posting of this while studying in Arizona in 2012, I've since come to love classical music and I think seeing it in this manner was the reason it clicked in the first place. Just wanted to say I'm grateful for your videos. Thank you for all you do, you have a wide reach in so many ways! Debussy, Arabesque #1 (2023 version of animation) 2023sep12
rw_yr1352 I have been listening to your channel since I was eight years old. Its pretty colours brought me here and its masterful music made me cry as a kid. A decade and so later, I have passed in my country's best music university and am ready to purse my soloist career on piano and organ. This channel has changed my life and I am reminded of it with every upload. I thank you for introducing me to beautiful music. Bach, "The Wedge" (BWV 548) 2023sep07
Maarten Bauer This composition, this video, Bach, you Stephen made me start composing. I saw it for the first time in 2015 when I was fifteen. I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to writing music. Now I'm studying at the conservatoire and teaching myself. Getting commissions and collaborating with fellow musicians. I cannot be grateful enough to you Stephen and to Bach. It is odd to realise how one video gave me a new direction in life. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, organ 2021jan18
Allan Levy I can't thank you enough. I've always found it hard to listen to classical music. I would go to a concert, be aware I am in the presence of something magnificent, and after the first few notes find my mind wandering to the day's events. I would leave feeling unfulfilled and inadequate. The visualizations help me follow what is going on and stay with and enjoy the music. I don't attempt to understand it, just see it unfold before me. You have made a world I felt excuded from accessible. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto complete 1st mvt, E minor, Allegro molto appassionato 4/27/2020
Jon Stewart I'm a total beginner in listening to classical music, and these animations are a brilliant 'way in'. They allow me to hold my attention completely on the music and become far more immersed than I would be if I were just trying to listen without any visual stimulation, or indeed watching a performance. Although I must have heard this piece (or the first few bars at least) hundreds of times in my life, this is the first time I've actually listened, and it was an incredible experience. Mozart, Symphony No. 40 in G minor, first movement 2017sep22
Marcus Vinicius To be honest, I started liking classical music from this video. Despite not being a voracious consumer of this kind of music, nowadays I listen to quite a lot classical music thanks to Great Fugue and your videos. Beethoven, Grosse Fuge (complete, Great Fugue), op. 133, string quartet (animated score) 8/29/2013
M0untainS0undMusic My favourite chanel on youtube without a doubt. Thank you so, so much Smalin. I can honestly say I've gotten to love classical music because of your videos and am now learning the piano myself. Great work Sir. Debussy, Arabesque #1 5/15/2013
bandrow You helped me love this music. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 10/2/2015
Oriol Romagosa smalin, you help me to love music, thank you. Bach, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, 2nd mvt. BWV 1043 9/13/2013
Y. Samuel Arai This is the 1st time I've been able to appreciate this work by Stravinsky. By watching the visualization of his music, I can finally understand the organization is this chaotic sounding piece. Thank you! Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 6/23/2013
RTHettish Haha, I'm 13 and the previous version of this video was the one that got me into classical music. Thanks a bunch! Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 4/7/2013
JeriJones I'm new to classical music. Your work truly makes it come to life. Thank You! Debussy, Prelude to 'The Afternoon of a Faun' 1/9/2013
PyronicPT Smalin, I've watched my first video of you when I was 10-11 (I am 14). Now, all I listen to is classical music. Thanks, for the genius work of art you have presented us. Sadly, only a select handful will understand the dedication, work, ingenuity and sweat put into this amazing creation :D Beethoven, Symphony 9, 4th mvt. 9/26/2012
Christian Guevara My nephew watched these videos every day, for 2 hours every morning, when he was 2. He did that for over a year. He essentially created his own music appreciation class. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, 10-year anniversary edition 10/2/2015
avocet196 It is pretty impressive when a mom (Me) can come downstairs at 2:30 am and find my son not playing GTA5 or Skyrim, or some other form of video game, but instead happily watching your videos.......for real. Bach, Goldberg Variations, Variation 25, BWV 988 10/23/2013
amishcyborg This visualization makes me aware of each note, pulling me into the music in a way I've never experienced before. If I experienced all music this way, I'd probably never do anything else. Debussy, Clair de lune, piano solo 10/12/2013
RatherBeWatchingPorn Long due, and magnificent! I've listened to this (and the prior movements) with the score synchronized with it countless time, and I can say this is a flawless upload that truly accentuates my novice appreciation of the music. Thanks Musanim! You have changed my life since these first aired on PBS's 'fine arts showcases', when I saw nearly 5 yrs ago, and I feel lucky that I somehow found them once again! Beethoven, Pathetique Sonata, 3rd mvt. 7/23/2013
skullkid325 I've gotta say, your channel is pretty excellent. I never listened to classical music until I came across it whilst looking for organ music, but it makes an excellent contrast to my Heavy Metal passion. Brahms, Piano Quintet, 1st mvt. 4/30/2013
Flynn McGettigan I've been using these videos to help me on my essay on the importance of Bach to music. I have no previous knowledge of music, or Bach, but these videos have really helped me understand what makes his music great, and how it works. Thanks. Bach, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, 2nd mvt. 4/22/2013
Matthew Dewey What you've done here is remarkable! The structure, the orchestration, the harmony - all laid bare before our eyes. A truly revolutionary way of experiencing this art. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 4/21/2013
Treijim I keep coming back to this, even though I've never liked this piece before now. Being able to see it makes an immense difference to me. What made you want to do this piece? Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 4/9/2013
Nathan Clingan You know, I have never liked Stravinsky, and would never listen to this past the 30 second mark under any other circumstances...but this visualization is spell-binding. Very well done. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 4/1/2013
karthrags It's wonderful to SEE the individual melodies being set up and then being intertwined, to watch the way the piece is progressively developed. The video helped draw my attention to subtle things I missed in the music. I keep discovering new things each time I see and listen to this. Thanks for helping me to appreciate the music more, smalin! Beethoven, Symphony 9, 1st mvt. 1/29/2013
kalma120 As an amateur, i was not able to like this music easily. Initially, I simply clicked on a "Debussy". It came out boring/monotonous to me. I got the snowing mimic but in terms of musical notes nothing for me there. Visualisation allowed me to (better) see what's going on. Watching how the notes were moving, their patterns, symetries, pathways made me see how the sounds were created and how they were coming to me. Involving space made me see a bigger picture, it made more sense and I liked it. Debussy, The Snow is Dancing 1/28/2013
binkymagnus These are some of my favorite videos on YouTube....they really change the way yo think about music Music Animation Machine at TEDxZurich 1/25/2013
neogeo53 thanks for all of these videos I started listening to classical music when I was 13 because of your videos now I'm 16 I'm learning this piece to be played on a synthesiser so thanks for all you've done Debussy, Clair de lune 1/5/2013
novadomina My 7-month-old son is mesmerized by your animations. The sounds and coinciding colors fascinate him while helping his tired eyes and tired mind relax. His favorites are Debussy and Chopin. I know I am insignificant, but thank you so much for offering beautiful representations of such timeless music. Debussy, Clair de lune 1/4/2013
RectumPilum I find myself studying your videos over and over again, focusing on different instruments each time and listening to what roles they play and how they affect the texture. Now when I look at a regular score I automatically see colored bars scrolling past my eyes. Beethoven, 5th Symphony 12/5/2012
englishman32257 I'm learning to play this with a Saxophone quartett, and i wasnt able to understand how it was to be played, but when i seen this Video (amazing) it help me to hear the other three parts and where i fit in. Thank you Bach, Fugue 7 in E-flat major, WTC II 12/7/2012
ambertibbetts7 I love mozart. I play it for my 21 month old daughter. She will sit there in awe. Mozart, Symphony No. 40 in G minor, 1st mvt 12/22/2012
zflauta92 When I heard this for the first time, it was repellent to me. I'd have never guessed it as a work of Beethoven. Now, I listen to it every day, humming the subjects. What a great masterpiece, a strange and powerful piece. Beethoven, Gro├če Fuge op. 133 12/10/2012