Switched On Brandenburg Concerto No.2 On Expressive E Osmose


This video, via BARxMusic, is a full performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 on the Expressive E Osmose.

The performance takes inspiration from the groundbreaking Wendy Carlos album, Switched On Brandenburgs, originally released in 1980.


0:00 Movement I
4:54 Movement II: Andante
8:41 Movement III: Allegro Assai

Here’s what they shared about the technical details:

“This is a full performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 on the Expressive E Osmose, a synthesizer and keyboard control surface capable of an incredible amount of dynamic and tonal expression – a paradigm known by many as MPE, or Midi Polyphonic Expression. In addition to the Osmose, I also used my Nord Electro 4 for the Harpsichord continuo part.

As a lifelong classical musician, the Osmose instantly struck me as having a great deal of potential within the concert music world, being a keyboard instrument with expression on-par with that of a bowed string or wind instrument. I began experimenting with “Switched-On” style interpretations of Bach’s works on the Osmose, and ended up spending a majority of my summer studying, practicing, and sound designing in order to tackle one of his greatest masterworks.

I utilized the Osmose’s built-in physical modeling sound engine, Eaganmatrix by Haken Audio, for all of the sounds in this video (apart from the Nord’s harpsichord sound). I wanted to see how well this physical modeling engine would do at recreating the Baroque instrumentation, and as such decided to use sounds based on Bach’s original intended orchestration.”


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