Songs from Pearl Jam's 1991 debut album Ten
, stripped of all but Eddie Vedder's vocals: Once
. Even Flow
. Apart from highlighting Vedder's unique voice, phrasing and harmonzing, these vocal mixes expose some interesting studio effects applied to his voice (on 'Even Flow', for example).
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Nov 14, 2013 -
is a 30 year old composer, violinist, and singer. Yesterday, she also became the youngest person ever, and one of the few women, to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music
for her composition Partita for 8 Voices
. The work features four baroque inspired movements that were influenced by the violin music of Bach, and yet despite the baroque title, Partita is still thoroughly modern. The Pulitzer jury described
it as a "highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects." [more inside]
posted by fremen
on Apr 16, 2013 -
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 25, 2011 -
The Klein Four
is a group of math students at the Northwestern University who delight in bringing you various lovely, well-sung A Capella songs infused with their very own and very nerdy flavour. They're not the newest of the web, having released their first CD
in 2005, but witty lyrics
and five-part harmonizing
are definitely worth checking out. I did do a search for this and didn't find anything. Please don't kill me.
posted by Phire
on May 23, 2007 -
The Incredible Mouth Band
is the product of an idea. The idea was simple: Instead of people actually playing their instruments, why don't they just say their names out loud, to the rhythm of the music?
note: The organist tends to get a lil' creepy. Do not watch late at night if that kind of thing bothers you.
posted by alona
on Oct 9, 2006 -
UCLA's Awaken A Capella
does some strange, beautiful things with the power of combined human voices. From Ave Maria
to Mr Roboto
, their oeuvre spans the spectrum. More clips, including Like a Prayer and Walk Like an Egyptian, available on their MySpace
page. Their version of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek," available through KCRW's daily podcast
, is sublime.
posted by gottabefunky
on Sep 14, 2006 -
"He teaches the students to read the music from within themselves."
The annual Pop Concert at Dondero High School was a beloved institution from 1971-2006. Under the direction of music instructor Rick Hartsoe
, the A Capella Choir and student instrumentalists presented 20 popular songs per concert: "ten full choir pieces chosen for their harmonic and instrumental interest, and ten solos of the students' choosing." Pieces from the last ten years included such unconventional classics as Maroon 5's "This Love," System of a Down's "Chop Suey" and "Down In A Hole" by Alice In Chains. Also included were works by Stevie Wonder, Boston, Weezer, P.O.D., Norah Jones, The Doobie Brothers and many more. Every Pop Concert ended -- perhaps appropriately -- with "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from Hair
March 2006 saw the last Pop Concert performed at Dondero High. Mr. Hartsoe has announced his retirement
. And due to consolidation with a neighboring school, Dondero High
itself is closing at the end of this school year. Thankfully, eight of those Pop Concerts (from 1995 to 2005) are available as downloadable 2-CD sets from Comfortstand
). Yes, for free
. Convinced yet? Basically, if you were blown away by the likes of The Langley Music School Project
), this might just be right up your musical alley.
posted by grabbingsand
on Apr 13, 2006 -