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January 31, 2011 2:57 PM   Subscribe

Here is the all-guitar orchestra playing Jurassic Park you were looking for

The Shiba Guitar Club is a high-school club at Shiba High School in Tokyo, and, according to their profile, one of Japan's oldest guitar orchestra clubs [Japanese link].

Their repertoire actually leans more towards classical than pops. Hear them strum out - among many others - surprisingly hearty renditions of Beethoven's Fifth, the Brandenberg Concerto, and Bach's Concerto for Two Violins (played by 22 guitars).
posted by bicyclefish (27 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's like 1000% too fast.
posted by yeti at 2:59 PM on January 31, 2011 [4 favorites]


But seriously, this is quite nice. Funny how there's been two recent posts about this fine tune. I almost feel my favorite theme, Kamen's Prince of Thieves Overture, is getting snubbed.
posted by yeti at 3:02 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's like 1000% too fast.

They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:13 PM on January 31, 2011 [18 favorites]


All guitar, plus drums.
posted by hermitosis at 3:14 PM on January 31, 2011


Also, is that a cello back there?
posted by hermitosis at 3:15 PM on January 31, 2011


Also, is that a velociraptor back th---AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!
posted by yeti at 3:18 PM on January 31, 2011 [9 favorites]


The guitars were nice, but the conducting was absolutely fantastic!
posted by fizban at 3:22 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's what happens when you get your John Williamses mixed up.
posted by run"monty at 3:27 PM on January 31, 2011 [9 favorites]


Also, is that a cello back there?

I believe it is a bass.
posted by boubelium at 4:03 PM on January 31, 2011


I was about to say, that conductor is pure class.

I request the JP theme in another mono-orchestral type now, please. Perhaps the vibraslap.
posted by monster truck weekend at 4:27 PM on January 31, 2011


Man, this...this is what it's all about.
posted by Beardman at 4:37 PM on January 31, 2011


are there no left handed guitarists in japan?
posted by triceryclops at 4:37 PM on January 31, 2011


monster truck weekend: I request the JP theme in another mono-orchestral type now, please.

Jurassic Park played entirely by French Horns
Jurassic Park played entirely just one synth (cooler than it sounds)

I actually wanted to make a go of mono-orchestral Jurassic Parks for this post, but couldn't round up enough others. Also, people look silly while playing the French Horn.
posted by bicyclefish at 4:53 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


that's a lot of music for kids to be playing memorized! good job. anyone know what those crazy guitars with the end pins that are being played upright are? looks like these guys play serious music, too.
posted by mexican at 5:08 PM on January 31, 2011


oops, serious music was linked in the [more inside]. still, that performance deserves more than one link.
posted by mexican at 5:11 PM on January 31, 2011


bicyclefish, they might look silly, but the sound sure is worth it. Thank you so much for the links! I am delighted.

(I heartily recommend the synth link to anyone and everyone. The brain multitasking required floors me.)
posted by monster truck weekend at 5:14 PM on January 31, 2011


For a second, I flashed on Idiocracy!

Thank God the clip was actually pretty cool.
posted by djrock3k at 7:23 PM on January 31, 2011


Wait a minute - is the Jurassic Park theme song the next internet meme?

Fuck it, that's my prediction: the Jurassic Park theme song is the next meme.

Does Vegas have odds on this?
posted by ORthey at 7:59 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


They play those guitars just like a Balalaika Orchestra.
posted by eye of newt at 9:45 PM on January 31, 2011


At first I read that as air guitar orchestra, which also would have been awesome as well.
posted by speicus at 11:44 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


The real star is the cymbalist.
posted by Dreamcast at 12:24 AM on February 1, 2011


hermitosis: "Also, is that a cello back there?"

No. Based on absolutely nothing I would assume it's a classical bass guitar maybe?

6 strings makes it not a cello. And cellos have a pair of f holes like a violin. This has the one sound hole like, well, um, acoustic guitar.
posted by theichibun at 5:05 AM on February 1, 2011


"No. Based on absolutely nothing I would assume it's a classical bass guitar maybe?"

I think the question was about the large brown instrument -- back right corner of the orchestra -- with the two "f" holes and what looks like the highly complex muting system of a shirt stuffed under the strings at the bridge -- that is being bowed, rather than plucked (even solos briefly at the 7:00 minute mark).

Also, if you're going to allow "based on absolutely nothing", then based on absolutely nothing it's actually a double-bass ukulele tuned to the lower register of a 4thC Takagawa Shogunate cast-iron whistling tea kettle.
posted by Mike D at 5:43 AM on February 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


It would be better if they included a vocalist for the lyrics.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:48 AM on February 1, 2011


Shit, how did I miss that?

But still, it's not a cello. It's definitely a bass. Somehow* the only cello thing I saw were the guitars being held the way you'd hold a cello.

Where "somewhere" means I was watching this while I read another thread.
posted by theichibun at 7:15 AM on February 1, 2011


The guys doing the rapid strumming for the high string sections were SO INTO IT
posted by tehloki at 8:47 AM on February 1, 2011


That was a nice performance and fun to watch, but I think it bears out the fact that a guitar orchestra is just not that effective musically, which is why composers don't write for it. This piece definitely loses a lot of its expressiveness when shoehorned into the all-guitar setup. The classical guitar is a great solo instrument and can beautifully execute some complex polyphony, and it's also been used (though somewhat rarely) as part of an orchestra to provide rhythmic accents and its unique rustic timbre, but it can't stand in for bowed strings, winds, and brass all at once. It doesn't have the range, sustain, dynamics, or coloristic variations of all those instruments. Still, that was some good musicianship and sensitive playing.
posted by Anatoly Pisarenko at 1:13 PM on February 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


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