Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Art and Ingenuity. Also, Adverts

Below, you'll find a rather ingenious advertisement. Many people find the work of J.S. Bach beautiful, and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," as it's known in English, remains one of his most popular works. It's metrical precision, simple structure, emphasis on melody, and general Bachiness conspire to make this a beautiful piece.

This video, however, goes a step further. The engineer (or whoever is responsible) assembled an enormous xylophone out of recycled wood and used the power of gravity and other physics-things to make it play "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by itself. Granted, this was an effort to sell cell-phones made of recycled wood, but the ability to create art in the midst of the mundane is a sign of greatness.

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