The M.C.Escher of Music?

From David Bruce Composer.

Who is the master of musical illusions? The Music equivalent of M.C.Escher? Escher himself would probably say J.S.Bach but in this video I make the case for Hungarian composer György Ligeti, whose work is full of Musical Illusions. In this video I look at the following musical illusions:

03:36 The Infinite Loop Illusion (The Shepard Tone)
06:37 The Risset Tone
07:31 Multiple Speeds illusion
09:20 The Imaginary Melody Illusion
11:22 The Negative Space Illusion
12.54 Frozen Time Illusion
15:15 Fractal Spiral Illusion

Finally I question why there is a difference in reception – Ligeti highly respected in the music establishment, but less well known to the general public, whereas Escher is hugely popular with the public and somewhat looked down on by the establishment. Why??

Thanks to Ptit Rockeur https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAkad94uXa8 and Sintagma Piano Duo for permission to include clips of their music

#ligeti #musicalillusions

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Pieces
6 Bagatelles for wind quintet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txMWXvD8kL4
Complete Etudes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHhZ2TzHlow
Atmosphères https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCNzwdLwA8g
Ligeti Étude Nr. 1 "Désordre" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj9QlWltv8s
Ligeti Studies Book 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WHdNub6Agk
Yuja Wang plays Ligeti’s Fanfares https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1tzFW8Pqqg
Ligeti Devil’s Staircase https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoLam2O3gtY
Piano Concerto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUMVopBUANw
Continuum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKjuT0IvS7k
Chamber Concerto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hboFvSaKUHU
Samuel Andreyev’s Analysis of Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eswrq0QToZo

Research

Risset rhythms
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2de1/e9505baf81121d1622e0470d09cc48577f3a.pdf?_ga=2.209892892.841996332.1594491656-2145466058.1594105826
Auditory Streams in Ligeti’s Continuum: A Theoretical and Perceptual Approach
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/525b/59ffbba68aee2d263452c03f54ef257d9ad8.pdf
Diana Deutsch has a lot of research on musical illusions
http://deutsch.ucsd.edu/psychology/pages.php?i=201
Mandelbrot zoom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD2XgQOyCCk&t=43s