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Impossible Youtube duet: Miles Davis improvising on LCD Soundsystem
November 15, 2012 8:28 PM   Subscribe

LCD Soundsystem + Miles Davis: "No editing or other tricks, just 2 youtube videos played at the same time." (SLYT)
posted by juliplease (50 comments total) 54 users marked this as a favorite

 
I dislike both Miles Davis and LCD Soundsystem, but this is fantastic. Thanks.
posted by koeselitz at 8:30 PM on November 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


It's official, Miles Davis can maker ANY band sound good. Even LCD Soundsystem.
posted by evilDoug at 8:38 PM on November 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


Every time I see something like this, I wonder how the combination occurred to the person who made it. I guess you think: "'New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down' would sound great with a trumpet solo." And then you go looking for a trumpet solo that will fit.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:40 PM on November 15, 2012


I like both Miles Davis and LCD Soundsystem, and this is fantastic to me too! Thanks.
posted by dylanjames at 8:41 PM on November 15, 2012 [5 favorites]


If you have a musical ear, it can come as easily has the two tracks coming after one another in a shuffled playlist, and noticing they're in the same key. Miles seems to hang out on the tonic quite a bit there.
posted by triceryclops at 8:44 PM on November 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wonder how the combination occurred to the person who made it.

My guess is that Davis' phrase at 1:10 reminded the creator of the vocal melody.
posted by Beardman at 8:45 PM on November 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Based on the video description it kind of sounds like the creator and his roommate happened to be listening to the two songs at the same time, and accidentally discovered the euphoniousness.
posted by capricorn at 8:51 PM on November 15, 2012


Instead of Daft Punk, Miles Davis is playing at LCD Soundsystem's house!
posted by growli at 8:53 PM on November 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


koeselitz: "I dislike both Miles Davis"

*blink* *blink*

I mean, I don't listen to him every day, but *really*?!?
posted by notsnot at 9:02 PM on November 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


I quite enjoyed this.

I have, however, drunk about a quart of rum in the last three hours, so my judgement may be suspect.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:10 PM on November 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Ok, you guys are all playing it cool, but this is BLOWING MY MIND. This is some musical end-of-times level portent or something. Wow.
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 9:10 PM on November 15, 2012 [8 favorites]


Beardman, that must be exactly it.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:12 PM on November 15, 2012


Yeah, ok, I've also had some wine. And mr_crash_davis, eponysterical.
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 9:12 PM on November 15, 2012


I'm completely sober (much to my dismay) and I think this is great!
posted by jeudi at 9:18 PM on November 15, 2012


juliplease, i wish for whatever you wish for to come true.
posted by Mike Mongo at 9:27 PM on November 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Do yourself a favor and don't listen to the Miles Davis track by itself because you'll probably kill yourself for having signed off on an emo-hipster LCD Soundsystem mix that relegates Miles to, well, filler trumpet. Also, I don't trust anyone who dislikes Miles Davis. Okay, I'm adding that to my OkCupid profile.
posted by phaedon at 9:27 PM on November 15, 2012 [8 favorites]


Kind of neat? I'm not seeing the mindblowingness, and god the constant zooming and shifting of the screen capture is killing me.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 9:32 PM on November 15, 2012


I tell you, LCD Soundsystem got me through mid-2000. Miles Davis got me through the Army. This is magic.
posted by Mike Mongo at 9:32 PM on November 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


Miles Davis as backup trumpet to a defunct synth-pop band? Miles Davis? So this is what living in the future is like.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:45 PM on November 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


I dislike both Miles Davis and LCD Soundsystem

This explains so much. (kidding).
posted by cell divide at 9:48 PM on November 15, 2012


To simplify feedback just select one or more of the boxes below:

1. Love it
2. Hate it
3. Love LCD Soundsystem
4. Love Miles Davis
5. Hate LCD Soundsystem
6. Hate Miles Davis
7. Who are LCD Soundsystem?
8. Who is Miles Davis?
9. Where is Beatles band?
posted by fallingbadgers at 9:52 PM on November 15, 2012 [16 favorites]


To simplify feedback just select one or more of the boxes below:

Crap, we need to get the various levels and methods of intoxication in there too. Time for a database!
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:56 PM on November 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


we need to get the various levels and methods of intoxication in there too

If the options listed are no longer appearing in numerical order, please mash your hand down on the keyboard now.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 10:03 PM on November 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


f/jmk\s2wr ;.nk@#$k.lm\'p[9la
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 10:21 PM on November 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Stunning. Gorgeous.
posted by quarsan at 10:27 PM on November 15, 2012


Kind of Green
posted by ShutterBun at 10:47 PM on November 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Sketches from Williamsburg
posted by phaedon at 10:57 PM on November 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


I believe this is called a "mashup".
posted by P.o.B. at 11:06 PM on November 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Miles Davis as backup trumpet to a defunct synth-pop band? Miles Davis? So this is what living in the future is like.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:45 PM on November 15 [+] [!]


Suck it, Fiction!
Once again: 'Reality' = 1 'Fiction' = 0
posted by From Bklyn at 11:18 PM on November 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


that was awesome. the bah humbugers can stay away from me.
posted by nadawi at 11:48 PM on November 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I like this song(s) it is good
posted by capricorn at 11:49 PM on November 15, 2012


This version of 'Take Ecstasy with Me' can be synced with this version, and it actually works pretty well.
posted by Ripper Minnieton at 12:53 AM on November 16, 2012


I mean, it's also kind of fortuitous that they're basically exactly the same tempo, so that they stay pretty well in line the entire time.
posted by disillusioned at 1:25 AM on November 16, 2012


I so love the soundtrack to Lift to the Scaffold. What an amazing album. There may be no better very-late-night music.
posted by professor plum with a rope at 1:51 AM on November 16, 2012


Oh how I love this.
posted by odinsdream at 5:44 AM on November 16, 2012


Can't listen to it, dislike LCD Soundsystem too much.

But I'd put Miles on right now if it weren't for the new Prometheus Burning album.
posted by Foosnark at 6:13 AM on November 16, 2012


Of course LCD Soundsystem put it on their Facebook page, but when Miles Davis puts it on his Facebook page, then I'll be impressed.
posted by criticalbill at 6:56 AM on November 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


Great mash up here featuring Miles and John Coltrane. Stays in time all the way through as well!
posted by criticalbill at 7:00 AM on November 16, 2012


Ok, you guys are all playing it cool, but this is BLOWING MY MIND. This is some musical end-of-times level portent or something. Wow.

Same here - I had instant chills and tears listening to this. The actual musical result combined with how it was presented, what that says about humanity at this point in time, that this is possible to share, and the whole intersection of cultural touchstones was just... wow.
posted by odinsdream at 7:15 AM on November 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


Yeah, this is actually a pretty cool demonstration of what made Miles Davis's style interesting.

A lot of jazz solos you couldn't do this with, because they tear through some complicated chord changes. You'd need to make sure the chords in the solo matched up exactly with the chords in the other track and that would call for careful synchronization. (That sort of chord-matching is how most mashups are done.)

But this here is modal jazz, meaning it isn't structured around a set of chord changes. The solo basically hangs out on one single chord the whole time (that's an oversimplification, but it's close enough). The LCD Soundsystem track does the same thing: you can think of the song as one long F6add9 chord, with different pitches emphasized at different moments.

So that means that however the two tracks synch up, you're guaranteed that they'll make some sort of basic harmonic sense together — nothing will clash or sound badly dissonant.

That no-clash guarantee was what made modal jazz important. Everyone in the band was free to play in a looser and more exploratory way, confident that — since they were all exploring the same chord or scale — there wouldn't be any serious dissonances or Obviously Wrong notes. Miles Davis basically made his entire career out of finding interesting things to do with that improvisatory freedom.

(Unfortunately, it turns out there are also a lot of really boring things you can do with that freedom. Second-rate modal jazz, from players who weren't at Miles's level, devolves really quickly into tedious noodling — which is why eventually the whole thing fell out of style.)
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:52 AM on November 16, 2012 [22 favorites]


The rebirth of cool.

I wish more mashups broke genre like this. I mean, there's plenty to be found that mix rock and hip hop, but that's almost all of it.
posted by me3dia at 8:14 AM on November 16, 2012


LCD Soundsystem + The Beatles + The Kinks
posted by cirrostratus at 8:34 AM on November 16, 2012


Already loved that LCD Soundsystem song. This is icing. Very cool.
posted by eyeballkid at 8:59 AM on November 16, 2012


Can't listen to it, dislike LCD Soundsystem too much.

I've noticed many people have a dislike of LCD Soundsystem. Is there a particular reason why? They're not my favorite band but I do like some of their songs.
posted by Plug1 at 10:44 AM on November 16, 2012


Not strictly related, but one time I put a cassette (by Columbia, not a homemade dub) of "Sketches of Spain" in a friend's four-track recorder and turned up all the tracks (so side 1 played while side 2 played backwards). It worked surprisingly well; it sounded interesting and completely natural.
posted by plasquatch at 1:48 PM on November 16, 2012


Youtube I love you, but not LCD Sound...

System
posted by orme at 6:05 PM on November 16, 2012


thank you for this
posted by hypersloth at 11:55 PM on November 16, 2012


nebulawind, thank you for the first explanation of jazz that has ever made any sense to me.
posted by Bugbread at 5:55 AM on November 17, 2012


Maybe it's because you have to cut off a bit of one of them to have them line up the same way, which kills a bit of the effect, but I'm surprised nobody's posted a youtoubedoubler version of this:

http://youtubedoubler.com/5No4
posted by arantius at 9:08 AM on November 17, 2012


I wish more mashups broke genre like this.

I wish more mashups broke the mashup genre like this.
posted by Mike Mongo at 12:11 PM on November 18, 2012


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