Those of you who’ve known me a while, are familiar with my obsession with Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and yes, particularly Glenn Gould’s interpretations.

Karlheinz Essl, a compatriot of the Max/MSP community, recently recorded a version of the Goldberg Variations based on an existing string trio arrangement. Essl uses his Max/MSP rig, with a large dose granular synthesis, to create a choral-like call-and-response with the trio. I find it quite beautiful. Here is an excerpt from YouTube:

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