Violin and cello are among the most difficult instruments to play. A french singer and humorist, Bobby Lapointe, said that "Violin, you can either play it right, or play it tzigane". The Salut Salon quartet plays these intstruments, and play around, demonstrating their talent.
Pierre-Yves Plat is a french pianist, who, in my sense, is a really good interpreter. In the album below, he gives his own rendition of several classical pieces.
You see, in my opinion, when a musician or singer interprets a famous song, more often than not, they try to mimic the original performer, and the result is not interesting. But sometimes, they try and give a bit of their own personality in their rendition, and the results enhances the original song. Or at least bring something new. For instance, Billy Paul's version of original song.
Here one of my favorite is Pierre-Yves Plat's version of Liszt's Liebestraum (track 7), which is one of my favorite piano piece.
So I'm a geek, and love math, and so have always stumbled across this kind of songs. I've already posted a Song from π , here's a reply with π's nemesis : τ1.
1 : π is the ratio between a circle's circumference and it's diameter, roughly 3.14159. τ (pronounced tau) is the ratio between the circumference and the radius, so it's two times π, that is 6.28318.
Roger Whittaker, unexpectedly, is not Finnish but British, and he can whistle extremmely well. He wrote this song while he lived in Finland, and it became very popular over there.
When I was younger, almost a lifetime ago, I used to play drums. Well, I wish I could say I played as well as this guy.
This project features something I've thought of doing myself : record someone's voice (or even an instrument), detect the note frequencies to then write up the score of what is played. This could be great when improvising melodies.
You can help funding this project on Kickstarter
I'm a geek and developper, and so naturally I'm interested on Music software. And one of my preferred musical genre is Movies and Games soundracks. That's why I find this software trully amazing. It's really simple in its use, and yet can come up with amazing results in no time.
Here's a preview of what it does, and for those interested, below is a tutorial demonstrating all the features of this software . And for those really interested, you can get it for $300.
Okay a little bit geeky, nonetheless, I'll just share this one as I always loved genetic algorithms, and the rules around counterpoint are just fascinating. And for the devs watching this, here's a link to Nicholas' project on Github.