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Music Animation Machine

Music Animation Machine

  The Music Animation Machine provides visual reference for musical lines, from very simple to complex. The developer of this system states that the program was developed from his own personal interest in being able to visualize multiple musical lines at one time, hearing and seeing together the progression of musical material. There are many offerings on this YouTube channel, and one can see the development of the program as well, as visualizations have become more granular. Some include bar lines, some show impingment of notes, and decay of sound. Colors indicate individual voices within multiple lines, and the viewer/listener is able to practice following one line, move out to view the overall musical fabric and to gain skill in micro and macro viewing/listening. I use these... Show More


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Thomas Priest
Thomas Priest (Faculty)
41 weeks ago
How could a person learn to make videos like these?
Stephen Malinowski
Stephen Malinowski (Content Developer/Author)
39 weeks ago
Here is a page with some information about that:
Casey Hayes
Casey Hayes (Faculty)
3 years ago

This is the finest, free material I have come across in aiding non-musicians and musicians alike to understand the content of "art music".  This is an invaluable tool, in my opinion, and I utilize it extensively in all of my college music courses.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: two years
heidi upton
heidi upton (Faculty)
3 years ago

A very enthusiastic YES for the Music Animation Machine by Malinowski. Students are amazed at the visualization of music they have only heard, in this way. There are many selections from which to choose, from simple to complex. In addition, Malinowski continues to experiment with different ways to display measures, length of notes, musical lines, impingement of sounds through colors, shapes and duration and relationships between and among these things. I use this tool in music theory, introduction to music, with chamber music students and professional colleagues - all of whom are captivated.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: I have known about and used these videos for several years.