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Timeless music. Infinite patterns. Experience Bach with fractal animations and with Kimiko Ishizaka on tour.

Music is a journey. Rich and complex art, such as the Preludes and Fugues of J.S. Bach, can provide a lifetime of discovery. This project represents two separate journeys, each featuring the music of J.S. Bach. 

The first is a new DVD and HD video that combine the music of the Bach with computer animations based on fractal equations. It’s a mesmerizing combination of computers, math, and imagination, all made to fit the music of Bach. It’s addictive. Here are the trailers:

The second journey is the upcoming real life travels of pianist Kimiko Ishizaka who is preparing to record the Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC). From September to November she will perform twelve concerts in five countries, each one focusing on a different aspect of the WTC, bringing the music to live audiences as well as audiences on the internet.

The twelve performances are representative of the twelve keys of the WTC (thus the “Twelve Tones of Bach”), and each one will also be broadcast live on the internet via Google Hangouts On Air. That means you, as backers, have the chance to attend concerts live in person, or if you can’t make it to a live performance, you can watch them all online.

Fractal Journeys (Overview)

“It is an infinite work of art. After the opening Aria the 30 Variations traverse the whole experience of man and the return to the beginning Aria at the end is one of the most sublime moments in all art” – Rosalyn Tureck

The “Project Goldberg: A Fractal Journey” DVD is a new art work that is the collaboration of three artists. The first is J.S. Bach, who gave us the magnificent Goldberg Variations. Second is Kimiko Ishizaka, who with the help of her supporters, recorded the Goldbergs and released them to the public domain. Finally, taking inspiration from Bach and Ishizaka, is the computer artist Landscape Windscreen, who crafted videos that use color and mathematics to match the mood, style, tempo, and emotions of Ishizaka’s Goldberg Variations.

Some of the videos were first released on YouTube, and based on audience reaction, Landscape Windscreen decided to make an even better version available on DVD. To that end he’s reworked most of the original videos and packaged them as a DVD length film.

The result is mesmerizing, fascinating, and addictive. The nature of a fractal, infinitely revealing yet another layer of detail, always changing, yet always staying true to its underlying patterns, is very similar to the music of Bach. Combining the two makes for the perfect audio-visual treat.

Backer rewards include digital downloads of the finished film, DVDs mailed to your door, and the opportunity to sponsor the film and be listed as a Co-Producer in the credits.

Twelve Tones of Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier progresses through the twelve tones of the chromatic scale, methodically providing a prelude and a fugue in each major and minor key. The twelve concerts in Kimiko Ishizaka’s upcoming tour are representative of these twelve tones, each of which have a uniqueness and individuality that makes them memorable.

From the opening concert which is part of the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany, to a performance during DrupalCon, Prague, to a concert in the showroom of the Bösendorfer factory in Austria, to an exclusive all-day event at the Manifold Recording Studio in North Carolina, these concerts will focus on bringing Bach closer to audiences through understanding and listening.

Each concert will be broadcast live to the entire internet audience via Google Hangouts On Air. The videos of these broadcasts will form a permanent library on YouTube.

By supporting this project you enable Kimiko Ishizaka to make this journey, to prepare for the studio recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier, and to bring the music of Bach to a wider audience.

Backer rewards include exclusive tickets to the concerts, HD video downloads of recordings made, and sponsorship opportunities that will allow you to reach the concert and internet audiences with your message.

Twelve Tones of Bach Schedule


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The videos for the DVD are nearly finished, and what is left is mainly graphical design, layout, etc. If we fail to raise enough money for that part, it won't look as nice in the end.

Kimiko Ishizaka is still in the very expensive (~$3,000) and long (6 months) application process for her O1 Visa for the USA performances. We're confident we'll have it in time, but it's ultimately in the hands of the US Immigration Services whether she's allowed to come to the US to play this time.

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