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21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday


Google didn't let this day pass without remembering Mr. Bach. Their homepage graphic today is an online app that you can click on. It brings up 2 bars of music. You place a melody line on it with your mouse. Then through the magic of AI, after studying 300 Bach Choral works, the app harmonizes your melody in the maner of the great composer.

If you ever wanted to colaberate with one of the greatest, here's your chance. Once you get your piece they way you want it, you can save a midi file of the work. You can also share it into a database of works composed by Google users today (I think this is for music students to see how to harmonize their melodies) and share your collaberation with Bach for future listeners.

Have Fun! Hey I bet everyone here plays at least on Bach piece on the organ, so let your hair down and write one.

kb
by KSByrne
Mar 21, 2019 02:41 AM

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RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

I tried it a few times. It is fun. You can enter sharps and flats. You get to vote on the result it plays back. It was fun entering a known fugue theme (short) and see what happens. Give it a go!

by unclegally
Mar 21, 2019 09:37 AM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

KSByrne wrote:

Google didn't let this day pass without remembering Mr. Bach. Their homepage graphic today is an online app that you can click on. It brings up 2 bars of music. You place a melody line on it with your mouse. Then through the magic of AI, after studying 300 Bach Choral works, the app harmonizes your melody in the maner of the great composer.

If you ever wanted to colaberate with one of the greatest, here's your chance. Once you get your piece they way you want it, you can save a midi file of the work. You can also share it into a database of works composed by Google users today (I think this is for music students to see how to harmonize their melodies) and share your collaberation with Bach for future listeners.

Have Fun! Hey I bet everyone here plays at least on Bach piece on the organ, so let your hair down and write one.

kb

Bach's birthday is March 31, not 21.

21st: Julian calendar, in use at Bach's time. But during his youth adjusted to Gregorian.

31st: modern day Gregorian calendar.

See: https://www.bachonbach.com/100-bach-faq-and-soon-there-are-500-bach-faq/faq-118-is-bach-s-birthday-on-may-21st-or-is-bach-born-on-may-31st-1685/


by adri
Mar 21, 2019 03:15 PM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

Haha, calendar science... I love that. ;)
Had to struggle a lot with this when data analysis and API coding reached their culmination points.

Anyway, even if I'm a few days too early, here's my try for fun on Google's AI playground -- Have fun, anyone.

http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/33728

by woody-mc
Mar 21, 2019 03:59 PM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

woody-mc wrote:

Haha, calendar science... I love that. ;)
Had to struggle a lot with this when data analysis and API coding reached their culmination points.

Anyway, even if I'm a few days too early, here's my try for fun on Google's AI playground -- Have fun, anyone.

http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/33728

Of course, the real reason for me posting this is of course imply that MY birthday is also March 31, so I feel honored to share that with the great organ composer of all time! :-)

by adri
Mar 21, 2019 05:16 PM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

woody-mc wrote:

Haha, calendar science... I love that. ;)
Had to struggle a lot with this when data analysis and API coding reached their culmination points.

Anyway, even if I'm a few days too early, here's my try for fun on Google's AI playground -- Have fun, anyone.

http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/33728

Of course, the real reason for me posting this is of course imply that MY birthday is also March 31, so I feel honored to share that with the great organ composer of all time! :-)

by adri
Mar 21, 2019 05:16 PM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

I'm glad some of you actually tried this, because it is so much fun. It's interesting to see what the AI will do with a known tune (the staff lets you enter Mary Had a Little Lamb or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in one click), we had a member enter on of Bach's Fuge's main theme and see how it got harmonized differently but in the manner. I entered 2 tunes composed on the spot and saved the harmonies (2 nice one on one tune and 1 on the other). If your machine will allow it, the midi file created by that icon is saved in your download folder (if you want to reference it later).

The good news is that Google did so much work on this that they wanted to let as many people who are interested have a go at it, so they're leaving it up for an additional day. If you think you missed out, you still have have a chance. It's really fun. Woody's effort was nice (thanks for leaving us an organ sample here).

As for the date, I believe the poster; however our protection system didn't like the cookies on the site that is linked in the post telling us the real date and closed the tab, then refuses to reload it. I'll have to see what my internet and virus protection will let me do at home (the work computers are understandably a little over protective), so I couldn't read the how and why and I'm betting I'd enjoy it because I'm kind of a Math nerd. So even if Google has it wrong, at least they did something for the occasion that was fun and interactive.

It's kinda like celebrating Christmas in December that the evidence in the star mapping puts it either in April or September (depending on which of the 2 plausible theorys of what formed the Birth Star is correct). BTW, nobody tell Back or Jesus that I compared their birthdays!!! It will go to Bach's head, and Jesus might not hug me when I get to heaven.

by KSByrne
Mar 22, 2019 12:32 AM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

Just a good bit of fun. On a side note (sorry) do you think that they will redo this on the 31st as well? From the UK point of view this tickled me as the characters looked like camberwick green characters from the series of stop animation films that the BBC showed. Trumpton was another Pew, Pew, Barney, McGroo (sorry can’t spell that)

by dreece1
Mar 22, 2019 03:19 AM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

Here’s one of my attempts at being a composer:

https://g.co/doodle/e6dwyv

Yes it’s a mash of wachet auf (Zion hears her watchmens/ladies voices). Actually one of my favourite Bach pieces. Also the hymn version Zion hears her watchmens voices conjures up a picture of a battlement wth a tower and a man or men singing......

by dreece1
Mar 22, 2019 03:40 AM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

Here’s one of my attempts at being a composer:

https://g.co/doodle/e6dwyv

Yes it’s a mash of wachet auf (Zion hears her watchmens/ladies voices). Actually one of my favourite Bach pieces. Also the hymn version Zion hears her watchmens voices conjures up a picture of a battlement wth a tower and a man or men singing......

by dreece1
Mar 22, 2019 04:02 AM

RE: 21 March -- JS Bach's Birthday

dreece1 wrote:

Here’s one of my attempts at being a composer:

https://g.co/doodle/e6dwyv

Yes it’s a mash of wachet auf (Zion hears her watchmens/ladies voices). Actually one of my favourite Bach pieces. Also the hymn version Zion hears her watchmens voices conjures up a picture of a battlement wth a tower and a man or men singing......

Nice job.

by KSByrne
Apr 1, 2019 02:53 AM

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