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Comments posted in response to Music Animation Machine videos on YouTube

viewer comment video date
Peter Jongsma These visuals get inside the music amazingly. You hear so much more and with such clarity. Whole new musical experience. Beethoven, Symphony 5, 3rd & 4th movements 2019apr22
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
Emmett I still adore these videos, I find myself watching at least one of them every day. Finding this channel is actually what made me really fall in love with classical music and such, and I've really enjoyed seeing the development of the animations! Thanks! Bach, Cantata 35, 5. Sinfonia 2016oct19
Michael Stanley-Baker I appreciated the piece in an entirely new way, bringing home to me not only the way the piece trades on punctuating keystrokes into the fading sound, but also what the pianist's fingers are doing. Really showed me the power of visualisations and how they can transform how we perceive and think. Debussy, Clair de lune 2016aug27
koyunbaba73 You Smalin, with your brilliant system of animating musical scores, have done more for meaningful pedagogy in music than any ten people I know. You have made the greatest music accessible for people who have difficulty reading music, and more importantly, you have created a visual reference for music's most important elements. I'm thinking particularly about texture. Whereas I would have to teach texture to my students in order to arrive at a logical performance practice for any given piece, your animations instantly make it clear. I expect my students to be able to justify every decision they make in performance by tying their performance to theory. So now when a student and I study theory, I often make a point of showing one of your videos. I'm certain that these videos will be used more and more in academic settings in the years to come. In fact, in 2008, I gave a presentation on the subject of music, cognition, and memory, and I used one of your videos. While the students liked my presentation, I think they were much more impressed with your video, and the long term implications of including them in their teaching. You have created a wonderful tool. Congratulations and thank you. Bach, Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 2016aug24
David Yocum This blew me away. I don't know Bach from bubkus but this video brought the music alive for me for some reason. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, 10-year anniversary edition 2016jun09
jamesbachreeves I've played many of these pieces over the decades, and watching your videos is like revisiting them in lucid dreams in which everything is clearer and more fully experienced. After watching, I always return to the keyboard to rediscover them with fresh perspective. THANK YOU! Bach, Prelude in C minor, WTC I, BWV 847 2016may25
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. This is why the internet can be so amazing. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, 10-year anniversary edition 10/2/2015
bandrow You helped me love this music. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 10/2/2015
fixxxt The beauty and joy this movement conjures in my mind is simply beyond words. I thought it impossible to enjoy it further until I stumbled upon this scrolling bar graph and found myself noticing subtleties, which have enriched my listening ten-fold. I never grow tired of listening, and now I look forward to an even deeper relationship with this gem. Thank you! Beethoven, Symphony 9, 3rd movement (complete), Adagio molto e cantabile, Philharmonia Baroque 2/20/2015
Thiefree Absolutely breathtaking. I'm finding these videos fascinating, because reading music traditionally has never really stuck for me. The synaesthesiac quality of light + colour + shape = music, makes so much more intuitive sense! Bach, Air "On the G-string" (Voices of Music) 11/19/2014
Matt Whitinger I didn't think classical music could be 'upgraded' but this seems a benefit to both enjoyment, and learning!! Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 3 (in D minor), 2nd movement 6/9/2014
David Bloom What a great way to seduce watchers into listeners. The visual representation directs the ears to listen for what the eye sees. Very fresh and impressive. Stravinsky, Rite of Spring (complete), animated graphical score 5/3/2014
John DiCecco For some reason I feel the music more when I follow it visually. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, Animated Graphical Score 4/5/2014
MOZ-Bachthoveen-ART I don't know about the others, but oh god, watching the music is just like seeing it naked (kinda weird) but I feel like I can see everything, like omniscient, you know. I'm not Mozart, I don't think I can ever enjoy his music or see it the way he did. He composed this in his head, with each single notes, phrases, instruments, put together to make such a perfect and satisfying whole. He knows every details of it. I don't. I can only notice a few prominent theme, usually the highest notes and the lowest ones. It's hard for me to notice the other supporting instruments like horns, bassoons, and clarinets in other symphonies. But even then, I already love this music so much. Let alone Mozart, who knows every details of the music! But with your videos! I am aware of everything. Mozart, Symphony 25 (G minor, 1st mvt) 12/31/2013
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
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
ViviennesComfort smalin, I've been a fan for a long time. Thank you for somehow finding time to do more than you already had out there. My (very young!) children will sit for an hour "watching" the music. Not only does it show your awesome technical skill in understanding this music, but the *absolute* awesomeness of the composers! "Seeing" their music and the patterns they make just brings a whole 'nother level of appreciation to their talent. Thanks and DON'T STOP! Bach, Goldberg Variations, Variation 12, BWV 988 (ver. 2) 9/12/2013
MOZ-Bachthoveen-ART hehe, i never really appreciate how great this movement is until I see what it looks like, MAM always help me to enjoy music better Mozart, Symphony 41, Jupiter, 4th mvt. (shapes) 8/30/2013
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, Gro├če Fuge (complete, Great Fugue), op. 133, string quartet (animated score) 8/29/2013
tezone100 This is such a delight to watch, stimulating all the human senses, thank you so much. I have never enjoyed this piece as I have through this video. Beethoven 5th Symphony, 1st mvt. 8/7/2013
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
northshore1000 I love a lot of classical music, but these visuals are hypnotic! A cross between the brilliant, moving lights of Las Vegas against a dark night sky, the moving lighted shapes of a Tetris game and the powerful scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind where the mother ship "converses" with the sound engineer! Way cool! Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, Animated Graphical Score 7/12/2013
macpduff I'm an artist - a visual person. I've always been in awe of JS Bach, yet never could quite "understand" any music - because it's audial, not visual. Love your channel because it translates the world of music theory into the visual language I understand. tHANKS :-) Bach, "Little" Fugue in G minor, Organ 7/12/2013
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
miguel117 The fact that I can actually VISUALIZE music with your videos, makes me a really happy human. Vivaldi, Winter, Four Seasons 5/26/2013
MarthaStout0202 Anytime I'm looking for a classical piece on YouTube, my first question is, "Has Smalin posted this?" It's my favorite way to "see" music. I have profound hearing loss, (just as Beethoven did), especially in the upper pitches. My hearing impairment came on gradually, it's due to acoustic neuroma; a tumor on the acoustic nerve in the brain. I remember what these upper notes used to sound like, so when I watch your visual music, they are there for me again. Thank you SO much for doing this! Beethoven, Symphony 7, Allegretto, 2nd mvt. 5/26/2013
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
MrJoosebawks I love that you do this. By being able to see the notes I can hear notes I've never heard before. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor 5/13/2013
vKarl71 I've been experiencing your animations with great joy for 2 days. They are wonderful, as are your wise piano performances. As someone who could never learn to read music I actually find them truly thrilling! What you have done is profound and beautiful and a great gift to listeners. Thank you for painstakingly applying your wisdom and imagination to these works; it has deepened my understanding of music that I have listened to and loved for decades. You are the Edward Tufte of music... Debussy, First Arabesque 5/11/2013
brengf Amazing work. What may seem chaotic to the ear becomes perfectly clear visually. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 4/30/2013
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
folkrockr Graphical score! FINALLY! Someone who sees music in my head like I do! Debussy, Clair de lune 4/27/2013
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
flut4evr @smalin I have loved all of your videos, and they have helped me with more than one performance or assignment in better understanding the intricacies of certain pieces. This is by far your best video and I only wish it had been available before our performance of The Rite of Spring a couple months ago. Props to you on some incredible work. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 4/14/2013
Nicolas Messina Stravinsky said 'il faut ecouter la musique les yeux ouverts' --- you must listen to music with open eyes. All those geometric figures are really sophisticated with an intuitive interpretation; some passages are graphically gorgeous, even "Russian" if one can say; the acceleration is impressive at 8:00. But mainly, if I have listened this work one hundred times in my life however this score has shown me new sounds I hadn't detected yet. For instance at 9:11. Bien amicalement, N. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 4/14/2013
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
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
shanikuzai Beyond words. I have never been so stunned by a piece of music before. I'm actually familiar with this piece because I was one of the dancers in "Rhythm is it" (a nice dance project with kids from Berlin), but watching this with the animation and just listening to the music (without any dancing) is still something else entirely. Starting from around 8:00 I was clinging to my chair! Just wonderfully powerful music. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring 4/7/2013
TheeBEATn1nja Dear Mr. Malinowski, I just wanted to say that I've viewed this video amongst others of yours hundreds of times and shared them with friends, family, colleagues, and students. I have listened to many versions of the arabesque and I believe yours to be far superior in phrasing. The graphics are engaging, especially to those who are unfamiliar with instrumental music. Keep up the great work. I really think what your doing is important and I applaud your undeniable craftsmanship. Thank You. Debussy, Arabesque #1 4/1/2013
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
CptRick999 Brilliant. I find it hard to listen to Bach sometimes but certainly not this piece. And thank you, smalin for doing these wonderful visualizations, it is through this channel that I found enjoyment in listing to classical music. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto 4 3/27/2013
riendulums This is absolutely mesmerizing (as are all the Music Animation Machine videos I've seen) and so poignantly beautiful that my eyes moisten up to witness it. I'm a composer and I adore your revelatory Bach videos---they impart the structure, content and form of everything that occurs in the music. THIS animation is so perfectly suited for this exquisite guitar performance as it evinces the textural continuity of the events occurring upon "Strings!" Seriously, your art is uniquely stunning! Thanks!! Debussy, Clair de lune, guitar solo 3/22/2013
benledolmen thx for the work. Your channel makes me listen closely to music. I begin to like all that powdery music! you have a great educational tool in your hands. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21, Andante 3/11/2013
Daniel Leibovic what smalin has done is incredible; the web has made people with unique interests and abilities able to share their work with the world, and people who may never have thought of wanting these graphical scores have been surprisingly enlightened by the special audio-visual product smalin has made so popular. these videos are a great alternative to score-studying, and will help thousands of people transition from listening/playing to score-studying. Mozart, Piano Quartet in G minor, 2nd mvt. 2/3/2013
4ribes6 This is wonderful and amazing. It graphically shows what I hear in my brain. This is a huge CONVERSATION between the sections of the orchestra and now you can see it. People might even understand classical music more if they could see what they are hearing. I'm a purist (prefer not to be distracted by visual stimuli) but this certainly adds a new dimension to listening to classical music. Beethoven, Symphony 9, 2nd mvt. 1/29/2013
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
Abcdef1797 Thank you for your contribution in helping me get through my darker days. The wonderful combination of your elegant animations and the most beautiful compositions that ever existed is capable of lifting up my mood no matter how bad it gets :) I'm glad that you are receiving the well deserved recognition. I did go through your websites, and especially considering the time-line through which you have operated, it does seem like you have given this your entire life. It is highly appreciated. :) Music Animation Machine at TEDxZurich 1/25/2013
Afshin Nejat Seeing the music, not only hearing it, somehow makes it more alive, more real and impacting on the spirit. Later when I listen to a piece I get a whole new dimension out of it because in seeing it I can later better hear it. Not only this, but when you listen to a piece such as a symphony of Beethoven, of an organ piece by Bach, or a violin concerto, etc, the various elements are more audible, and easier to make out because you can focus on them with the help of their images. Thanks for this. Joplin, Palm Leaf Rag 1/19/2013
amazingwave Hey Smalin, about two years ago I watched this video and it encapsulated me like nothing has ever done before. I took up playing the piano because of it and about 2 months into my playing I started practicing this piece. I've played it every day since then and my love for classical music has only grown since. I just want to tell you how much you've influenced and changed my life and because of you Debussy is my favorite artist. I absolutely love his music. So, thank you. Debussy, Arabesque #1, Piano Solo 1/17/2013
romanitza24 Thank you for uploading Brahms, especially this quartet :) I had forgotten it, although I used to listen to it a lot on my Walkman, when I was 13 :), until I heard and heard it again together with the animated score you made. It is so much easier to understand, and let's say, even feel the music, this way :) Brahms, Piano Quartet in C minor, opus 60, 3rd mvt. 1/13/2013
steiner11116 I hope. I plan on starting up again since i found this channel. Me being 16. Chopin, Etude, op. 10 no. 10, A-flat major 1/10/2013
ColeSwavely Your data visualization work is absolutely breathtaking, it makes these pieces that I already enjoy so much even more engrossing. This is my personal favorite, as the song is gorgeous, complemented perfectly by the way you have visualized it. Also, watching and listening to Albeniz's Leyenda has inspired me to pick my guitar back up and work on re-learning that song. Thank you so very much! Holst, Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity 1/9/2013
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
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
SirPKKnight Watching these videos takes me to a special place I can't describe. Mozart, Symphony 41, Jupiter, 4th mvt. 12/5/2012
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
deviltom25 my all time favorite piece youve posted, next to the bachs tocatta and fugue, i love your work. im not technical, im just a lover of music, im glad i came across your page, you really made my classical interest what it now is. Vivaldi, Winter, Four Seasons 12/10/2012
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, Große Fuge op. 133 12/10/2012
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