The Genius of J.S. Bach’s “Crab Canon” Visualized on a Möbius Strip

December 4, 2013

The most impressive of Johann Sebastian Bach’s pieces, musicophiles may have told you, will knock you over with their ingeniousness, or at least their sheer complexity.

A crab canon is basically a musical palindrome: a line (or multiple lines) of music that can be played together, backwards, upside down, etc. in complementary harmony. It’s a little difficult to grasp at first—most of today’s popular music doesn’t risk getting that intellectual. 

I’m not a huge fan of Classical and Baroque era music (it lacks romance), but Jos Leys’ visualization of Bach’s Crab Canon is pretty fascinating.