Poèmes Symphoniques

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 25 february 2022 - no comments

La période classique Romantique, qui couvre plus ou moins le XIXe siècle, a été l'occasion pour nombre de compositeurs de s'essayer à la transposition de poèmes en musique. Deux des plus célèbres exemples sont l'Apprenti sorcier de Paul Dukas (qui a été mis en image par Walt Disney), et la Danse Macabre de Camille Saint-Saens.

La vidéo qui suit est une masterclass qui analyse et explique les détails insoupçonnés de ces deux œuvres que j'affectionne tout particulièrement, le tout expliqué par Jean-François Zygel.

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


Written by Xavier Gouchet - 16 november 2016 - no comments

When I was young, I used to watch a series called The Wizard in which an inventor had lots of amazing gadgets (at least they seemed amazing then). One of those devices was a pair of drumsticks you could play anywhere and it would play drum sounds... Well this is now a dream come true thanks to FreeDrum.

Marble Machine

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 09 march 2016 - no comments

I've already said that I'm a huge find of Animusic, especially Pipe's dream, which Intel have already built in real life.

Today, I've discovered this incredible Marble Machine, created by Wintergatan with wood gears, springs and lots of lego pieces to program the main melody. It uses thousands of marbles to play a combination of vibraphone, bass guitar and a cardboard based drumset.

You can watch the two parts making to see how he constructed the whole machine.

Polyphonic overtone singing - Anna-Maria Hefele

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 08 march 2016 - no comments

Overtune is something natural in all live instruments, including the human voice. But being able to control it to sing two distinct melodies at once is an amazing talent.

In this video, Anna-Maria explains how it works. You can also find lessons on her Youtube channel to learn how to sing like her.

Source : my wife

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