You’re officially the first person I know who doesn’t like Elton John!! =D
I guess I’m not that sensitive to mannerisms, I just like a strong voice with a decent range and a memorable timbre - and it’s also important if the singer hits the notes correctly. Sir Elton fits the bill =)
I know he’s a good artist, just one of those things, same with Elvis, good but not for me.
Weren’t it you telling me not to pay attention to youtube comments? ;D Anyway, thanks, but the thing is… How did you discover Vitas? I can understand where T.A.T.U. comes from - they are well-known all over the world, but Vitas didn’t even do a single Eurovision AFAIK. I’ve read he’s popular in China, but I never knew people listened to him in Europe =)
You’re quite right, I should know better than to listen to just anyone on YouTube :-P
As for how I discovered Vitas; it was through the internet.
Vitas and his production team have produced some incredible work, I don’t just mean the voice, I mean the audio production is first-class as well. Together it makes for an impressive audible product.
Listen loud, and listen to this right through and have your hand on standby, ready to catch your jaw:
Yes, he is indeed! And so are those Russian basso profundo (super low bass) singers found in Church choirs… Here is a youtube playlist with some of this awesome music - I don’t know your stance on religion, but please listen even if you’re atheist…
Orthodox Church choir - sacred music
Nope, not religious, and I cannot listen to that stuff either way, it just bores me unless it’s forming part of another style of music featuring it as a sort of vocal-pad or something like that.
Well I’d say it doesn’t have anything to do with him being male - male voices generally have far less power in the higher register, for physiological reasons (same as low female ones). I think it’s just because you aren’t (yet) accustomed to classic operatic voices, so they sound weird (= unfamiliar) to you. Many people seem not to have a deep appreciation of two types of singing in Western music: opera and extreme metal - because these singing techniques are not that closely based on the patterns and mechanisms of everyday human speech.
Just in case you missed this link - a playlist with classically trained highest male voices. They are sort of rare in what we think of as opera these days, but anyway, take a listen, what if you like something =)
Countertenors]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fC03m4MXo4&list=PL6C07DD6D34FC6044&feature=plpp_play_all]Countertenors and sopranists[/url]
I didn’t miss the link, but I’m lost in discussion about this stuff, I know nothing about it. The most I ever learnt about vocal qualities and it’s limitations was playing with Yamaha’s Vocaloid. That might sound funny, but it’s surprising what you learn to realise when you play around and push things over human limits with it. I certainly learnt to appreciate people who can reach extreme lows and highs after playing around with it. There’s an operatic version I was going to get called Prima, that would have been very different in usage to say, Miriam, who sings in a totally different register.
Hey but that’s not fair, I have listened to your rapping track to the end! LOL
And no, I’m not asking you to choose KK over BEP (KK were an 80s heavy rock band, I’m not even posting their “real” tracks because there are no 80s rock fans here…), it’s just a rare example of a rapper voice that does not make me want to hit him over the head with a crowbar. The actual music is irrelevant here.
But now it would be cool of you if you sat through the whole Faith No More video!
Faith No More - Epic - 1989
And yes, I think the video is super idiotic, but this band can play, oh how they can play… So you can close your eyes but please listen…
Just so you know, I always listen to what you post and I listen to it right through, never worry about that. If ever I don’t listen right through, I say so, so no worries there.
As for Faith No More, I thought they had reasonable rhythm, but they didn’t trigger my “catchy music” alarm :-P
I though the compression was amateur as well, to the point it was audibly annoying.
Oh my XD I’d thought Il Divo were doing very soft music! But I guess if the venue was large enough… yeah that can hurt.
Now then, I take it the laughing is because you thought the voices of Il Divo were too much for me to handle :-D
Trust me when I tell you this song was incredibly awesome ;-)
However, you really do not want to be sat under the speaker stack when it’s being performed:
As for the the show itself, I have to be perfectly honest and tell you it was very enjoyable. I thought they were all very good, especially the Spanish bloke, oh, and the American as well. I mean, I agreed to accompany my sister due to two things. First of all it would be packed with women throwing their knickers on stage, and secondly, I like a lot of the ballads they sing.
I can tell you that I struck gold on the track selection, although the selection of babes attending was actually quite a mixed-bag. Luckily, the old lady sat next to me was well behaved and clearly had no intention of throwing her reinforced underwear on stage for Carlos’ pantie collection.
You’re welcome, and I think you could start with wikipedia, they have a nifty category, and some articles have playable generic examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Chord_progressions
Thanks, but it’s those bloody dots again, and anyway, the chord book I have is much better for learning than that :-P
My pleasure! If you need to understand any other Russian song, just ask.
Very cool, thanks, that’s good to know :-)
You know, I think caustics is for fancy shapes that happen when light hits convex/concave surfaces, like water ripples or magnifying glass, and what if a child just takes an ordinary flat mirror and plays with the light that reflects from it? It would be just a simple bright spot on a wall. Maybe there’s just no word for it in English because only Russian children play with mirrors??
As soon as you replied I realised I misunderstood you. I was thinking more of the concentrated light than the shadows. I know what you mean now, but haven’t a clue what the proper English term is for them, sorry.
Shadow creatures maybe, I dunno.
I think I like the style in the video more. But maybe it’s because her pink lipstick in the photo scares me LOL
I found a recent photo of hers with long hair in a TV guide, if you want, I could scan it for you…
You can if you have some free time, although it’s not important.
But yup, even after a rethink, I’ve never seen her with long hair!
Haha, you’re right! But not for myself, more for that best friend of mine, it would be very much her style, she’s super slender and edgy.
Now that sounds like a more interesting subject to post, your super-slender friend in her leather gear :-P
“Smoothie-blendie” OMG what a fun word =D - what exactly do you mean by it?
Ah yes, that is one of my specially formulated words. It means that a word seems sort of joined-on in both continuation and pitch to the next. Not precisely so, but gives that sort of impression to a certain level. Sort of like a slight portamento effect.
Dated or not, I think the video is very creative. The arrangement is also interesting - how is that style of electronic music called?
I can’t think how I’d place it, probably ElectroExperimental or something.
Anyway, things are really awkward for me right now, but the next time I post here I will have left the UK for good, and will have my mobile home! That’s great news, but the bad news is that it will be a while before I’m back here (awww) and I know how much you all miss me, so in view of this, I have decided to leave you with something different, some music I like which has a small story attached to it:
THIS STORY IS OPTIONAL, IT IS JUST NOSTALGIA AND LOVE FOR A FANTASTIC PROGRAM:
It’s no secret that I like all things Japanese; the people, the culture, the country. What you might not expect is that it seems I had a love for Japanese things even when I was too young to understand culture etc.
When I was a kid, they used to air a show here called “Monkey” or “Monkey Magic” as I remember it, and until a few years ago, I actually thought it was some childhood imagination of mine, something I either dreamed I saw on the TV or wished was real. But one day while I was browsing Amazon a few years ago, I suddenly decided to type “Monkey Magic” into Amazon search.
I could not believe what I saw: There they were, the four characters I wasn’t sure I remembered or imagined (see attached picture). When I saw their faces I can imagine my face must have lit-up like, well, you cannot even begin to imagine. Finding out these characters were in fact real was, I’d go as far as to say, moving enough, but then I found a massive box set that not only had every episode they aired here, but also the episodes they never did (Japanese only episodes). The box set was expensive, but I just had to have it and bought it, and bollocks to the price!
You can feel the overwhelming love for “Monkey” in the reviews, whenever and wherever it is reviewed:
So what, you’re thinking, well I’ll tell you so what. Monkey is one of those programs that is just unique (those that know it will understand exactly what I’m talking about), there is simply nothing else like Monkey, nothing. So I got the complete box set, and that of course meant that I would hear the theme-tune again, and you know what, it was so memorable (such a blast form a thoroughly enjoyable past) - I almost cried when I heard it.
One of the original themes from Monkey:
And it gets better, because I then found out that they made a film in recent times, a spin-off of the original program. The amazing characters were played by new actors here, obviously, but you know what, they made such an amazing job of it, it is still “Monkey” and you don’t even think of the characters as any different, because well, they’re not any different they did it so well.
The modern film:
And that brings me to the track I want to show you, because this new film they made, ended with not one, but two tracks. The first track I had never heard before (the one you’re about to hear), and when I first heard it, I thought now why the hell did they do that, why not keep the original and update it? But as that track ended it blended into a brand new recording of the original, and the thing is, it wasn’t long before I realised, wait a minute, this new song is damn good, really fits, eerily well, it’s as good as the original.
So it’s like this:
- Original themes play on the original series.
- New theme plays on the film and then blends into a new recording or the original theme (both fantastic).
Here is the new theme, and if you saw it where it belongs, on the film, you would realise what an amazing track it is because of how it feels, it feels like it belongs Monkey, has that fun spirit, and to be able to achieve that after an original theme was so memorable, I think that’s one very improbable but amazingly factual achievement.
The new theme (the band is half Canadian, half Japanese):