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Debussy, Prelude to 'The Afternoon of a Faun' (animation)

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Uploaded on Feb 1, 2012

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, by Claude Debussy, with an animated graphical score.
FAQ

Q: Where can I learn more about this piece?
A: Where else? Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prelude_...

Q: Who is performing this piece?
A: I believe it is a recording of a performance with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001...
I licensed the recording from SoundDogs; they didn't tell me who performed it. It seems suspicious that they would sell me a license to a recording with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting and either not know it was his recording or not want to tell me about it, but there you have it.

Q: Why did you do multiple versions of this piece?
A: I did the first version ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yazhx...
... in 2012, just a year or two after I'd started developing renderers ...
http://www.musanim.com/renderers/
... other than the standard scrolling bar-graph score which I'd been using since 1985 ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ4qJ8...
Between 2012 and 2016, my palette of visual effects expanded ...
http://www.musanim.com/YouTube/
... and so when Alte Oper Frankfurt ...
http://www.alteoper.de/
... asked whether they could license my animation to show as part of their September 2016 program ...
https://www.alteoper.de/de/programm/v...
... I said "yes, but let me make a new version using the styles I've developed in the past four years." I posted a second version as soon as I completed it ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0A48Z...
... but subsequently discovered that the color calibration of my computer was very badly off, and the Voronoi tessellation I used for the background ...
http://www.musanim.com/Voronoi/
... was much too prominent; so I made a third version (which I hope is the last for now) ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi226-...

Q: What do the different shapes mean?
A: There are two versions of this piece. In both versions, the flute (which begins the piece) is shown in "walking ellipses," and the brass is shown with an "ellipse aura." In the first version of the video (see previous question), the other shapes mean this:
rectangle: strings
rhombus (filled): woodwind
rhombus (hollow): pizzicato strings
In the second and third versions of the video, the other shapes mean this:
octagon: clarinet
rhombus: strings (hollow for pizzicato)
inverted ellipse: oboe, bassoon
circle (hollow): harp
triangle (hollow): crotales
In all versions, the notes flicker when the strings are playing tremolo.

Q: What do the colors indicate?
A: The colors are assigned by a system called "harmonic coloring" in which the twelve pitch classes, C, C-sharp, D, etc., arranged on the "circle of fifths," are mapped to twelve hues, arranged on the "color wheel." This allows you to see changes in harmony and tonality. You can read more about this here:
http://www.musanim.com/HarmonicColoring/

Q: I appreciate the animated graphical scores you make; how can I support your work?
A: Thank you! The easiest way to support my work is by contributing via Patreon:
http://www.patreon.com/musanim
If you'd like to help in more specific way, consider this:
http://www.musanim.com/underwriting

Q: Could you please do a video of _______?
A: Please see this:
http://www.musanim.com/requests/

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