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Here come the mashups and visualizations

on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 06:00

One of the clear goals of the Open Goldberg Variations was to create a work which would spawn even more creativity in the hands of musicians, filmmakers, and artists to come. By licensing both the recording and the score with the Creative Commons Zero tool (ie placing the work into the public domain with no copyright and no usage restrictions), we've made it as easy as it can be to incorporate Kimiko Ishizaka's artistry into your own works. Here are the first two examples to come to light.

Visualizing Fractals

Torsten Stier used the Aria from the Open Goldberg Variations in his 1st prize winning entry to the 2012 Film competition. The short film is entitled "Follow me".

follow me! from Torsten Stier on Vimeo.

Another fractal artist, Landscape Windscreen, has posted a YouTube video that combines a fractal visualization with the Aria of the Goldberg Variations. They explain: Fractals are mathematical objects and beautiful to look at. The music of J. S. Bach also depends on mathematics and is beautiful to listen to. A perfect combination !

The best sign of appreciation of an artist's work is when it inspires others to create on top of it. It's like one artist saying to another "you complete me, together we are more". Landscape Windscreen makes it clear that this video is a sort of fan tribute: Mrs. Ishikaza has dedicated this work to the Public Domain which means that I am allowed to use it without violating any copyright. I would like to thank the Open Goldberg Variations team for their time, effort and generosity. This is only a small attempt to show my gratitude and respect.

Breaking, stretching and deforming Bach's Goldberg Variations.

That is the stated goal of the second example, a true remixing and noisy mashup of the Goldbergs, by Rodrigo Miravalles. The work is also described as an experimental ambient drone. Miravalles indicates that there is a larger project underway, and offers the track for streaming, embedding, and for download. If you click through the download link you are prompted to pay for the download, but you choose the sum, and there is no minimum. So you can choose zero dollars if you want to have the track for free. Here's the track - enjoy!

UPDATE: the original article attributed the fractal landscape to the wrong author.