There are days I’m more glad I write for a blog than others. When I have a new obsession that I want to share with tens of people, this is where I do it (my parents stopped humoring me a few years back). Schuyfi probably thinks he knows a thing or two about acapella (let’s just say he’s had heavy incentive to hear instrument-less renditions of Frou Frou’s “Let Go,” Dido’s “Thank You,” and my personal fav, Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.”
So people singing in groups without backing music is something we’re used to. In this day and age, the question becomes, how can the internet and technology combine to make this really weird?
Easy. Don’t just dump the instruments and musicians – dump all your friends who approximate the instruments too!! That’s right, with music editing equipment and the internet, any singer can now eschew other performers, instead singing the lead, harmony, bass line and any percussive accompaniments necessary to make beautiful music – without bothering with others. It is, of course, what musicians like Trent Reznor have been doing for years (using multiple tracks in studio to produce music projects as solo artists), but applied to acapella, has found a fertile ground on youtube. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you multi-part acapella.
We range from the classic, as evidenced by this cover of The Simpson’s “Baby on Board”:
We move to the slightly more complex, as songs require re-arrangement for solo performance, vis a vis, Disney:
Then, we can sorta cheat – and mash together two solo multitrack-acapella performances to reprise what Simon and Garfunkel made into a hippie chart-topper:
And now, like Toad’s Place in New Haven closes out the night with the alpha and the omega…words really can’t describe it.
I’ll see you all next post.