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Musical “palindrome”—Bach’s Crab Canon

They didn’t tell you about this one on MTV.

There was a time in my life, right between 2000-2003, when I would listen to Bach almost every day. Maybe some day I’ll write about why I stopped (or cut back), why the genius got to be too heavy. Recently, I clicked on the old Bach mp3s (in addition to the Mingus) and I was taken back to that point in his music where time and space and sound and distance all become one, layers forming on top of layers, things that are “the same” even though they become utterly different. It’s a mindfuck. Bach is cooler than your iPhone or your Xbox or your Fantasy Draft.

Then a friend randomly posted this one on Facebook. I just loved it. It’s not accurate to call this a palindrome, which should read identically no matter if you start at the beginning or end. (Like this: May a moody baby doom a yam?) But you get my point. The video makes it all the more insane.