OpenScore Edition of Debussy’s Deux Arabesques, with animation by Stephen Malinowski
It’s been a few months since the Kickstarter ended, and we’re finally ready to start sharing the first completed OpenScore Editions! We begin with Debussy’s Deux arabesques, which was liberated by Paul McLean. As a special treat, the score is accompanied by a visual animation of Arabesque No. 1, created by Stephen Malinowski of Music:Eyes.
Music:Eyes’ mission is to make music easier to understand and appreciate by bringing the power of visual animation to classrooms, concert halls, and homes. Music:Eyes has launched projects with Columbia University, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and leading Swiss orchestras and conservatories, including Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich.
The Music:Eyes team consists of Swiss musician Etienne Abelin, US technologist Lushen Wu, and Stephen Malinowski, creator of the Music Animation Machine. Stephen’s work has been featured in two collaborations with Icelandic musician Björk, and shown on exhibit at MoMA New York and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. The animations have received +150 million views and thousands of comments via the YouTube channels smalin and musanim.
Music:Eyes is developing new software, based on the Music Animation Machine, that will enable people to create their own music animations. The software uses MIDI files as input, so the availability of OpenScore’s digital collection will help Music:Eyes expand its catalog of animation templates.