anime-like characters created for the singing synthasizer program by the Yamaha Corporation, have been capturing the imaginations of Japanese fans for more than a year. They've inspired and starred in a large body of fan-produced songs and animated videos,2
ranging from macabre to sorrowful to dramatic to humorous. [Massive MLYTP] [more inside]
posted by anthy
on Jan 28, 2009 -
In Mongolia, overtone singing (or hoomei, as it's known locally) is mainly a guy thing, but there are exceptions to the rule, for example, the Hoomei Women's Group
. More commonly though, women who want to sing do so in an exquisite, soaring style like this
. Sometimes the men do the hoomei thing while the women do that soaring
thing. Then there are those lovely choral arrangements
. And then there are those rare moments when the YouTube poster's description of a clip just hits the nail square on the head, as with this one: amazing
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Feb 29, 2008 -
It seems that this gentleman
bought a set of musical robots from the defunct Showbiz Pizza
restaurant chain. This gent has been reprogramming the robots to sing recent hit songs, rather than the '60s Motown hits they sang originally. He then takes video of these performances, and posts it on YouTube. I guarantee this version of Evanescence's "Lithium" will haunt your dreams (or, perhaps, make you hurl).
posted by metasonix
on Aug 2, 2007 -
Broadway's original Effie White
, Jennifer Holliday, has been very open about how haunted
she felt during the production of the Dreamgirls movie. In particular she was hurt when, without permission, her own singing voice was used in a theatrical trailer to promote the production that had completely shut her out. Yesterday at the BET Awards she was finally given some overdue recognition and invited to join Jennifer Hudson onstage for a duet of the song she made famous
. You may have heard the song a hundred times, but try to make it 101. 'Cuz seriously, the girls can sing. Previously.
posted by miss lynnster
on Jun 27, 2007 -
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 -
"The extraordinary radiance of the voice. I still remember that. The extraordinary, enveloping, overwhelming beauty of Ferrier's voice."
When Kathleen Ferrier
died at 41 in October 1953, she was as famous as the newly crowned Queen. A working class girl from Blackpool who had to quit school at 14
to work as a telephone operator, a young woman who lacked formal musical training and whose husband bet that she would never win a music contest, Ferrier -- under the guidance of the great conductor Bruno Walter
-- went on to become an international superstar. An "ordinary diva
" who humbly worshipped
"Herr Doktor Bruno Walter
", gave very few newspaper interviews, never appeared on television or in cinema newsreels. Her speaking voice can be heard only briefly and only twice, on a tape made at a post-concert New York party, and in a short speech she made for the BBC at an Edinburgh Festival. Her extraordinary career lasted only less than 12 years.
Half a century later, although her legacy lives on through her music, Ferrier herself -- "Klever Kaff" -- remains elusive.
posted by matteo
on Dec 3, 2005 -
George Bush sings
(MP3 contains swearing) and shows how he imagines the world should be. Now that John Ashcroft has left the administration it was clearly time for someone else to step up and lead the vocals. There's more info at Wax Audio
posted by sien
on Jun 9, 2005 -
Merry Christmas from James
My sister sent me this link from a friend that didn't want to send out cards this year - he's not much of a singer but I thought it was a great idea! Hallmark could be in danger...
posted by matty
on Dec 23, 2004 -
I don't know what to say about it, but it
is worth watching.
Babies and young children love it! That's why Singing Babies is now one of the best selling baby videos. It is the most fun and entertaining way to teach your child the classic nursery rhymes and toddler tunes! Research shows that babies benefit from watching other babies. Infants learn to talk by studying the sounds and movement made by the human mouth. SINGING BABIES® creatively combines these research findings in a way that accelerates your child's rate of cognitive development, increases capacity to learn language, and enhances your child's natural musical ability.
posted by Slimemonster
on Feb 27, 2004 -
are the "Men's Choir Shouters," formed in 1987 in Oulu, Finland, by a group of young men who clearly had nothing better to do. The idea was to dress about 20 men in black suits, white shirts and black rubber ties, and train them to shout some of the most beloved songs in the Finnish song heritage. Since then they've branched out
a bit. Check out their version
of the Star-Spangled Banner. Apparently, they are currently performing
on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean, shouting at a stranded ice-breaking ship.
posted by carter
on Feb 3, 2004 -
Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol.
Gap-toothed and described by judges as "with the looks of a hobbit," the Norwegian plumber with the voice of an angel proves that there's hope for all of us to become popstars. True talent triumphs!
posted by dagny
on Jan 1, 2004 -
Computer generated singer, $200.
Vocaloid software, which is due to be released to consumers in January, allows users to cast their own (or anyone else's) songs in a disembodied but exceedingly life-like concert-quality voice. Vocaloid
will be able to "sing" whatever combination of notes and words a user feeds it. The first generation of the software will be available for $200. [NYTimes link]
posted by Outlawyr
on Nov 24, 2003 -
This is so good: "Hi, I am Wing! I immigrated to New Zealand with my family about ten years ago from Hong Kong. I have been learning singing in New Zealand and I do performances in Rest Homes and Hospitals.
Don't miss her, eh, "treatment" of the Carpenters, and Summertime
posted by sparky
on Jun 7, 2003 -
The greatest TV show you will probably never see:
Aunty Jack, a ten-foot tall, boxing-glove wearing, motor-cycling, moustached cross-dresser, was the star of The Aunty Jack Show
, which ran for thirteen episodes in 1972-73 on the Australian Broadcasting Commission
TV network (and was the first show broadcast on Australian TV in colour).
Many of the original episodes have been lost (but records of them exist
). Re-release on video or DVD of the remaining episodes is tangled up in copyright issues. The 1974 album Aunty Jack Sings Wollongong
was re-released on CD, and still seems to be available. It includes such classics as 'Fish Milkshakes' and 'Teenage Butcher' and the song 'Farewell Aunty Jack', which was a number 1 hit in Australia. Some samples can be found here
There were spinoffs from Aunty Jack
, most notably the Norman Gunston Show
, with Norman playing the prototypical terrrible interviewer and inspiring the much later Ali G
, Dennis Pennis
and many others.
I was two years old when the series aired: Aunty Jack's threat at the end of each episode, that: 'If you don't watch next week, I'll rip your bloody arm off!'
meant that I never, ever, missed it.
posted by chrisgregory
on Jan 30, 2003 -