Sunday, September 1, 2013

Crabbing around the Möbius Strip, Bach and forth



This is amazing!  It begins with a remarkable classic work, Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Crab Canon,” a short work that manages to capture incredible complexity in a very small space. As a casual lover of classical music, I’ve long known of this work, and was bemused, although never really had the discipline to get into, Douglas R. Hofstadter’s deep analysis of it in his book, Gödel, Escher, Bach, which I owned in the late ‘70s (and still do) but never managed to do more with than browse.

But now, piling genius upon genius, comes essayist @ColinMarshall on the Open Culture site, with The Genius of J.S. Bach’s “Crab Canon” Visualized on a Möbius Strip.

Here is a simply magical, simple and magical short video that lets us listen to Bach’s genius while seeing how it works.  The graphical representation makes all the difference for me, which may just point toward a different and better way for me to get to the depths of some classical pieces that I’ve long loved but never quite understood.

Highly, highly recommended. This is three minutes and seven seconds of your life that you won’t mind using up at all. Go. Watch and listen now. You won't be sorry.