Johann Sebastian Bach to the Future

Question: What is the iBach app that you want to develop for the iPhone?

\r\nHilda Huang: So, this is of course, very unlikely because I can't\r\n program, but I'd like to create an iBach app where for every day of the\r\n year, the user can just click on the app and it'll show your Bach piece\r\n of the day. So, maybe that's an independent piece or maybe it's a \r\nmovement of a suite. But every day there's a new piece, because there's \r\nso many pieces, not just keyboard works, but there's chorales, there's \r\nviolin pieces, cello pieces, orchestra suites. And every day I'm going \r\nto attempt to put a new one and I think there's enough for I think three\r\n years, if every day is different. And with each piece, I'd like to \r\nprovide a short summary of what the piece is about, of what kind of a \r\ndance it is. Of course, that's a lot of research, so that's going to \r\ntake a while to get together. But, that's what I'd like to do in the \r\nfuture and just get people to find out what the Bach piece of the day is\r\n and then if I can't fit the whole piece of music on the app, then maybe\r\n provide a link for them to go to YouTube and listen to it and see what \r\nkind of music that they're actually interested in. And I'm sure they'll \r\nfind something within this massive amount of works. So, in essence, it's\r\n going to help people explore more of Bach's music.
\r\n Question: Why aren’t more young people into classical music?

\r\nHilda Huang: I think classical music now has become less \r\nsuccessful than it was maybe 50, 100 years ago. I mean, now when we have\r\n pop albums coming out, they're $10 an album at every store, at every \r\nstore you can imagine, Wal-Mart, Target, wherever you want. Everybody \r\ncan just get access to them easily. And also the music itself is very \r\naccessible. It's not as complex as what Bach and what other classical \r\nmusicians wrote. Certainly, there's a lot of instruments, but when you \r\nlook at say symphonies or the chorales or masses, there's much more \r\ninstruments. There's maybe 100 singers and an orchestra. So I think \r\npeople haven't discovered their own interest for digging deeper into \r\nthese kinds of music. They are just kind of interested in having \r\nsomething nice to hear.

Recorded on June 7, 2010
Interviewed by Paul Hoffman

The 14-year-old pianist wants to drag classical music into the 21st century by creating an iPhone app for fans of the German composer.

Live on Thursday: Learn innovation with 3-star Michelin chef Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, the only female chef in America with three Michelin stars, joins Big Think Live this Thursday at 1pm ET.

Big Think LIVE

Add event to your calendar

AppleGoogleOffice 365OutlookOutlook.comYahoo

Keep reading Show less

New Hubble images add to the dark matter puzzle

The images and our best computer models don't agree.

Surprising Science
  • Scientists can detect the gravitational effects of invisible dark matter.
  • Dark matter causes visual distortions of what's behind it.
  • The greater the distortion, the greater the amount of dark matter. Maybe.
  • Keep reading Show less

    Did our early ancestors boil their food in hot springs?

    Scientists have found evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled, long before the control of fire.

    Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
    Culture & Religion
    Some of the oldest remains of early human ancestors have been unearthed in Olduvai Gorge, a rift valley setting in northern Tanzania where anthropologists have discovered fossils of hominids that existed 1.8 million years ago.
    Keep reading Show less

    A new minimoon is headed towards Earth, and it’s not natural

    Astronomers spot an object heading into Earth orbit.

    Credit: PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/Paitoon Pornsuksomboon/Shutterstock/Big Think
    Surprising Science
  • Small objects such as asteroids get trapped for a time in Earth orbit, becoming "minimoons."
  • Minimoons are typically asteroids, but this one is something else.
  • The new minimoon may be part of an old rocket from the 1960s.
  • Keep reading Show less

    Personal finance: How to save, spend, and think rationally about money

    Finances can be a stressor, regardless of tax bracket. Here are tips for making better money decisions.

    • Whether you have a lot of money or a lot of debt, it matters how you handle your personal finances. A crucial step when it comes to saving is to reassess your relationship with money and to learn to adopt a broader, more logical point of view.
    • In this video, social innovator and activist Vicki Robin, psychologist Daniel Kahneman, Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, and author Bruce Feiler offer advice on achieving financial independence, learning to control your emotions, spending smarter, and teaching children about money.
    • It all starts with education and understanding. The more you know about how money works, the better you will be at avoiding mistakes and the easier it will be to take control of your financial circumstances.
    Keep reading Show less