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Belinda Bedekovic
April 5, 2005 3:35 PM   Subscribe

Croatian keyboardist Belinda Bedekovic is quite a spectacle (video). According to her biography, "on her public appearances with her virtuosity and performance she 'demolishes everything in front of her', and they are regularly accompanied by enthusiastic applause, sometimes even leading to euphoria."
posted by mert (58 comments total)

 
I'm not even sure what to say...
posted by Witty at 3:42 PM on April 5, 2005


She has a lovely O-face.

On preview: What Witty said.
posted by LordSludge at 3:43 PM on April 5, 2005


if there's a female equivalent to cock-rock, this is it. she's the queen of the keytar.
posted by gnutron at 3:48 PM on April 5, 2005


I mean, don't get me wrong, I love me some Croatians like anyone else. But I feel like I need to make fun of this.
posted by Witty at 3:49 PM on April 5, 2005


Commence, then!
posted by mr_roboto at 3:51 PM on April 5, 2005


I kept expecting her to mount it.
posted by Four Flavors at 3:55 PM on April 5, 2005


I don't know. It got me dancing. Well, dancing...[buffering]...dancing...[buffering]...

So, this keyboard? It -- oh, never mind.
posted by 327.ca at 3:58 PM on April 5, 2005


I find her lascivious enthusiasm quite charming. There's something very New World about her.
posted by mert at 4:00 PM on April 5, 2005


and it just goes on and on and on... Can anyone tell me how long that clip is? It felt like 2.5 hours or so when I gave up.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 4:07 PM on April 5, 2005


First impressions:

I had no idea that Penelope Cruz was having such trouble with her career. I guess you take whatever work you can get.

Now that I've seen someone dry humping a keytarrrr I've seen everything.

Those green balloons keep distracting me; I expect the Fruit of the Loom green grapes guy to jump out and start dancing (and, on preview, perhaps [buffering] as well).

Good god, please don't let her and the Americuh-HUH guy from a few threads down get together.
posted by papercake at 4:08 PM on April 5, 2005


Perhaps her swiftly playing as a cavalcade of Internet heroes jerk around spasmodically? The Star Wars Kid, Mahir, That Hungarian LipSyncher?
posted by RubberHen at 4:25 PM on April 5, 2005


Ah, so this is New Europe. Excuse me while I run screaming back to the old one.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 4:25 PM on April 5, 2005


oh no.

Papercake, I think i just busted something laughing at the thought of those two together.
posted by oddman at 4:26 PM on April 5, 2005


Rock over London. Rock on Chicago.
posted by knave at 4:29 PM on April 5, 2005


i believe that women can Rock Out just as hard as men can but we should have are own damn style. The outfit, the sequins, the hair and most importantly the music didn't warrant those moves. I would have been much more entertained to see her play then throw on playback and bellydance. I felt a little embarrassed watching it.

That's what women dance like when their really drunk.
posted by Viomeda at 4:31 PM on April 5, 2005


In some strange way, this brought back memories of Revenge of the Nerds.
posted by jacquilynne at 4:32 PM on April 5, 2005


I had no idea that Penelope Cruz was having such trouble with her career.

Thanks for making me spit-take.
posted by davejay at 4:33 PM on April 5, 2005


It's the new Cassandra!
posted by dflemingdotorg at 4:37 PM on April 5, 2005


Now that I've seen someone dry humping a keytarrrr I've seen everything.

What he said.

I do believe I also saw a bit of furious black-key action that reminded me a bit of... well, you know.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 4:44 PM on April 5, 2005


Wow, pure pain. That patch makes my ears want to cry. I wish people would less time on speed and clavier-wankery, and more time on things that actually sound good.
posted by SteelyDuran at 5:00 PM on April 5, 2005


That sound!
That's the hot new sound I've been looking for!
posted by hellbient at 5:01 PM on April 5, 2005


know what....?

I liked it. It was fun.

:)
posted by HuronBob at 5:27 PM on April 5, 2005


I was promised some demolishing. Looking forward to said destruction, I watched the whole thing. There was no demolishing.
posted by jsonic at 5:33 PM on April 5, 2005


I've never been rocked so hard by the Castlevania theme.
posted by betaray at 5:45 PM on April 5, 2005


I was struck by the fact that the "Play Again" button stuck around for all 5 HOURS of that clip.
posted by PhatLobley at 5:45 PM on April 5, 2005


I'm speechless.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:06 PM on April 5, 2005


If I was that fast with MY hand.....
posted by c13 at 6:06 PM on April 5, 2005


papercake, you crack me up.
posted by squirrel at 6:15 PM on April 5, 2005


Won't you tell me why that/The beautiful ones are always crazy"

-Sparklehorse
posted by black8 at 6:18 PM on April 5, 2005


So was that thing invented for keyboardists who are oblivious to the fact that they have a left hand?
posted by epimorph at 6:49 PM on April 5, 2005


Wow, a half-talented Keith Emerson.
posted by Relay at 6:51 PM on April 5, 2005


unembedded
posted by moonbird at 7:10 PM on April 5, 2005


It's a good thing that that, er, instrument was, um, properly mounted... could have been nasty.
posted by kindall at 7:19 PM on April 5, 2005


Sweet zombie christ.
posted by dhoyt at 7:32 PM on April 5, 2005


Unimpressive.
posted by ludwig_van at 7:53 PM on April 5, 2005


It's as if she's channeled the sexual frustration of an Everquest guild, showing us what one handed keyboarding is all about.
posted by Saydur at 7:55 PM on April 5, 2005


what relay said ... when keith emerson was still in the nice he did a version of the 3rd movement from tschiakovsky's pathetique symphony that absolutely shreds ... and come to think of it jimmy smith and art tatum were even better

she's good, but she's not in that league ... and it's real cheesy music, too
posted by pyramid termite at 8:39 PM on April 5, 2005


I actually snort chuckled during the first five seconds...must be the cheap Lithuanian beer.
posted by repoman at 8:41 PM on April 5, 2005


Does she do weddings? I'll bet she does weddings.
posted by SPrintF at 8:56 PM on April 5, 2005


Unimpressive. I've heard church staff pianists who could play circles around her, and any symphonic level pianist would wipe the floor with her.

A better comparison would be to organists, and there are some organists out there who would make your jaw drop.

And a KX5? They still make those?

Her style reminds me much more of an accordion player. She might have a bright future in front of her in a Zydeco band.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:58 PM on April 5, 2005


And why the hell does she shake her wrist while she's holding down notes? It's a keyboard, not a violin.
posted by ludwig_van at 9:04 PM on April 5, 2005


She's doing the same thing over and over again, I don't know if she's really that fast. I can play a blues scale (in C) that fast because, well, because I'm not keyboardist but I like me the blues scale. And I'm a drummer, so. I'll like go up and down that scale really fast and do a couple blues flourishes and then, um, walk away from the keyboard. I learned that from my dad who, supposedly, years ago, once ran the first table of 8-ball against "Cowboy" Jimmy Moore and then, you know, couldn't play any more.

On Preview:

"And why the hell does she shake her wrist while she's holding down notes? It's a keyboard, not a violin."

Yeah, that annoyed the hell out of me. It's silly. Well, the whole clip annoyed me, really. The left hand comment up there really cracked me up. Let's see her play Rachmaninov.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:12 PM on April 5, 2005


Ludwig van and Ethereal B: Some MIDI keyboards and synths have aftertouch sensitivity. I've played on a Korg Prophecy before, and you can modulate some of the patches by doing the keyboard-vibrato-wiggle as demonstrated by the crazy lady. I'm not saying it's a good thing, but it may not purely be motivated by a sense of sequined Croation showwomanship...
posted by Jon Mitchell at 11:04 PM on April 5, 2005


Ah, thanks for diminshing my judgmental ignorance. :)
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 11:20 PM on April 5, 2005


Unimpressive. et al

I think youre missing the point mcfly
posted by Satapher at 11:41 PM on April 5, 2005


Speaking of hand movements. There was a bit where it looked like she picked her undies out of her ass. But I was too lazy to go back and check.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 12:42 AM on April 6, 2005


So....
What does she do with her left hand?
You WERE looking at her hands, weren't you?
posted by JtJ at 1:17 AM on April 6, 2005


This is some of the wittiest commentary I've seen in a long time...Fruit of the Loom...how girls dance when they're really drunk...America-Huh!...best of the Web indeed!
posted by 1016 at 5:18 AM on April 6, 2005


What does she do with her left hand?

Well, sometimes she uses it to point at her right hand, so as to make sure you're noticing how rockin' what it's doing is.
posted by papercake at 5:45 AM on April 6, 2005


Play Salieri.
posted by petebest at 7:00 AM on April 6, 2005


Her style reminds me much more of an accordion player.

Holy crap, you have hit the nail so hard on the head it has gone into the center of the earth.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:05 AM on April 6, 2005


I for one am euphoric. I'm going to play it again. I may have trouble finding time to eat or bathe.
posted by ancientgower at 7:19 AM on April 6, 2005


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posted by fungible at 7:45 AM on April 6, 2005


That clip (and the comments here) made me laugh and laugh. People in the office started gathering around, wondering why tears are streaming down my face.
Dryhumping a key-tar? Classic.
posted by raedyn at 7:48 AM on April 6, 2005


I think she's trying to draft off these ladies.
posted by Mur at 8:19 AM on April 6, 2005


This is horrifying.

"At the age of 11 Belinda joined her first band called 'Belinda band'. With enormous success they performed all over Croatia."

No, wait, this is sort of funny.
posted by koeselitz at 10:05 AM on April 6, 2005


eurotrash is so sad.
posted by 3.2.3 at 12:35 PM on April 6, 2005


I'm sorry I waited so long to say this . . . but I think it needs more cowbell.
posted by mistersquid at 10:05 PM on April 6, 2005


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