Debussy’s Premiere Arabesque-- Visually

Posted by Ellie Fieldson June 3, 2010

Put time on the x axis and pitch on the y. Then size encode on volume. Lastly, color encode the voices. What do you get? A visualization of Debussy’s Premiere Arabesque. So says Steve Pellegrin, Development Lead at Tableau, who found this musical visualization on YouTube.

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What I like about this viz is the way it makes the voicing apparent. When playing a polyphonic piece, beginners tend to read it vertically (as chords) rather than horizontally as a collection of interwoven melodies.

Music for the ear, music for the eye.