Artist Transforms Classical Music Into Stunning Fluorescent Light Show

By Maddie Stone on at

Classical music is timeless, and if you don’t believe me, Bach compositions visually rendered as a CGI sequence of flashing fluorescent lights will hopefully convince you otherwise.

Bach in Lights, an animation by artist Alan Warburton featuring two compositions from The Well Tempered Clavier (Prelude and Fugue in C Major), is a clever fusion of classical music and modern animation tools. In this scene, hundreds of fluorescent light bulbs are hung in a gallery and indoor car park, each one a physical representation of a single music note’s length and pitch. When a note is struck, its light, shadows, glows and reflections are rendered, creating a surprisingly life-like experience. It’s both technically astounding and incredibly soothing to watch.

You can learn more about how Warburton, along with a team of programmers and sound designers created the piece over on Sinfini Music. Music was performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard. [Colossal]