Thursday, June 3, 2010

Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations

This video of Glenn Gould playing the complete Goldberg Variations can legally be downloaded and then transformed into an mp3.
  1. Go to the google video page.
  2. Click on the "Download video - iPod/PSP" button.
  3. convert to mp3
On windows, this can be done by using Firefox with the Flash Video add-on to capture the MP4, then Switch Sound File Converter (free) to extract the MP3. (thanks Donald)

On linux, you can just use ffmpeg:

sudo aptitude install ffmpeg mplayer libavcodec-extra-52
ffmpeg -i "Goldberg Variations.mp4" -ab 128k -ar 44100 Goldberg_Variations.mp3

Anyone know what the date of this recording was?