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Bach Panther

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 16 november 2017 - no comments

Mark Mancina's “Pink Panther” theme, played as a fugue in the style of J. S. Bach, by Stéphane Delplace

Android Monotune

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 16 february 2016 - no comments

Here's an advertisment for the Android operating system, which, I think, extraordinarily delivers their message : Be together, not the same. This is how Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (3rd movement) would sound on a piano playing only a middle C.

You can also discover the making of, and an extended version below

Piano Gare Tour

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 18 december 2015 - no comments

Frequent travellers know these little tunes broadcasted just before an annoucement. It's usually around 6 notes, and becomes part of the ambient noise in a train station or airport.

Two french guys decided to compose a music based on the SNCF (the french public train service), and play it on pianos available in big train stations.

Thanks to my wife for showing me this video

Da Vinci's lost instrument : Viola organista

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 27 november 2015 - no comments

Sławomir Zubrzycki, a polish pianist, built this instrument drawn and invented by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Although it looks like a piano, it sounds like a violin, as the strings are not struck, bowed. This video is an interview of Sławomir Zubrzycki, to understand how it works and sounds.

It's working seems to be similar to the harp wheel, as seen and heard in this other video.

"Competitive Foursome" (by the Salut Salon)

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 04 july 2014 - no comments

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

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 15 may 2014 - no comments

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 Your song is completely different from Elthon John's 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.

Song from τ

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 15 april 2014 - no comments

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.