This visualisation of a Bach prelude lets you see just how clever the piece really is

J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the first Well Tempered Clavier volume is a gem of mathematical beauty. And now you can see exactly how beautiful it really is.

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So we all know that Bach’s music is proper maths-y. Brainbox that he was, it’s now possible to go back and find hitherto-uncovered patterns and pleasing shapes thanks to the joys of visualisations like this:

Each point of this clock represents a specific chord in relation to the tonic (I), and from there you can see just how far and wide Bach goes, harmonically, in a single three-minute piece.

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