Watch Classical Music Get Perfectly Visualized as an Emotional Roller Coaster Ride

When the Zurich Chamber Orchestra aka the Zürcher Kammerorchester wanted to promote its new season in 2012 it commissioned studio Virtual Republic to think about listening to a symphony as a ride, or more exactly an emotional rollercoaster. And it returned with this brief interpretation of the first violin score for the fourth movement of Ferdinand Ries’ Second Symphony.

It might not be as easy to follow as the Music Animation Machine we posted about last week, but the building crescendo of the violin’s line makes for a lovely ascent, but once over the peak, the furious drop is all vertiginous runs until its sudden stop.

Or as Virtual Republic described their own work:

The notes and bars were exactly synchronized with the progression in the animation so that the typical movements of a rollercoaster ride match the dramatic composition of the music.

The production company’s Vimeo page shows a lot of domestic product commercial CGI work, from dishwashers to paint, so the chance to jump on something a bit more artistic must have been a relief.

Watch a Making-of video below…

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