It’s another amazing Vihart Pi day video! But beyond the usual excellence (including the quote from yesterday’s post), this one has something special in that she improvises about 30 minutes of music, based around the continual repetition of a sequence of notes.
And that aspect of it, the building of music around continual repetition, is really fascinating to me. When I saw Sigur Ros in concert, they played () track 9b (also known as Untitled Track 9b, also also known as Smaskfia). A track that is just a small piano bit repeated over and over and over and over. Yet it bored straight into my soul in a way I didn’t even know was possible. It was a mind blowing experience. (And they played it right before the intermission, so I got to just sit inside of that wonder.) In the video above, Vihart creates that inside the of repetition of notes, everything else involved gets heightened, be it the accompanying notes/harmony or simply the way it is played (and the emotion/feeling you can put into that). Which is something both cool and can be supremely moving.
(Also, if you haven’t seen Vihart’s magnum opus, 12 Tones, I highly encourage you to check it out as well!)