Offtopic, but this sonata is connected to one of the most witful naming (in my opinion) in IT industry:
The Silverlight clone was named to Moonlight (a Mono project - RIP), which on the surface seems like just a simple association, but Moonlight is a sonata in C#! :)
This is a very cool take on the piano roll visualization. I’d love to see something similar that focuses on harmonic relationships rather than linear pitch relationships, perhaps using something like the lattice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lattice_(music)
The only lattice visualizations I know of are Gary Garrett’s: http://www.garygarrett.me/
This is the gold standard as far as I'm concerned:
This guy does visualizations of lots of pieces, using a variety of techniques. He did the entire Open Source Art Of The Fugue (Kimiko Ishizaka), and explains his choices of viz tools for each one.
This playlist contains his favorite version of each piece:
This is really cool to see:
I’ve always wondered if such a visualization can help folks learn music better and more intuitively by stimulating their visual cortex.
The base notes are the darker notes. The red notes are the treble. The ring shows the notes from low to high (left side to right.) The lines look to indicate the sustain.
Chords are easily shown when multiple notes are hit at the same time. It also looks like the measure shows up as an outer ring.
Also what’s cool is how future notes/chords are illustrated by the up and coming items from the middle.
I'd also like to see visualizations which aren't based on the standard linear mapping of increasing semitones. For example, following the circle of fifths instead, and/or contextualizing to the subset of notes used in the song's musical key. Making the root note visually more dominant and the others in proportion according to mode, etc.
I don't mean to take anything away from this beautiful visualization, just something which I think would take it to the next level.
I've often enjoyed smalin's visualizations, which I find a little easier to follow visually than andy filebrown's. E.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlvUepMa31o
Moonlight Sonata has a special place in my heart. Early 2000s I was listening to an Internet radio called Gotham Radio - The Dark Side of Metal, it kind of matched my music interests. And then Sirenia - Seven sirens and a silver tear comes up and it's totally not metal and it's the best music I have ever heard. And I have been looking for similar music ever since, more than fifteen years now. And then Reddit tells me all of them are derivatives, sort of, of Midnight Sonata and they are right. Mind blown!
If you are curious, the collection is at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvL3SharHGKut2spUcOB0...
I like the infinite space view. Continuing with the theme of the post: this is a clever music video visualization for J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 1 - Prelude:
As visualizations these are pretty, and relaxing. They're less informative than piano-roll displays. The space taken up by the '3rd dimension' pretty much limits them to solo instrumentals.
This (highly stylized) rendering of the opening of Bach's Matthew Passion has helped me appreciate the structure of this extraordinary piece of music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAafyK44fCc
andy fillebrown's visualizations are so captivating, his video of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor is particularly excellent: https://youtu.be/f5vRrt0Q9Ew
idea: wearable music: bracelet (refer to visualization in parent link) for deaf people to listen through skin interaction
Sweet! They should do the third movement!
Very interesting. Did they publish the code that takes MIDI and turns it into such visualization, or it's hand crafted?