James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Watch: 'Für Elise' Flipped On Its Head
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 - 01:26 PM
Musician and Youtube personality Andrew Huang had a simple question: What would the inverse of a well-known piece of music like Beethoven’s “Für Elise” sound like? For the purposes of understanding this video and enjoying just how insane the experiment is, think of the inversion as what’d you’d hear if you held the music in front of a mirror. The starting note remains the same, but every single note after that is flipped in relation to that first note. So if you hear “high-low-high,” you’d now hear “low-high-low.” Still with us? Nice.
Huang did that with every note of that sweet Beethoven Bagatelle, and was pleasantly shocked at how it sounded. Instead of being rough or far-out, it was surprisingly melodic. It's not as strong as the original, but still music that can hold interest for its duration. What do you think? First, check out Huang’s explanation ...
... then listen to the full version without any interruptions.
And if you’re in need of Beethoven’s original, we’ve got you covered there, too.