"Bonehemian Rhapsody" 28-Trombone Collaboration!
September 14, 2018 2:06 AM   Subscribe

 
Embouchure, embouchure will you do the Fandango?
posted by chavenet at 3:04 AM on September 14 [16 favorites]


As advertised!

But who played the drums?
posted by colin.jaquiery at 3:16 AM on September 14 [2 favorites]


YES GOOD
posted by lokta at 3:35 AM on September 14


I hope my neighbours enjoyed it.
posted by bonobothegreat at 3:37 AM on September 14 [4 favorites]


That was so lovely. Like, I'm going to have a good day lovely. I kind of want to go to the international trombone festival now.
posted by chasles at 4:28 AM on September 14 [2 favorites]


I'm glad this exists.

NB: According to a quick Google search, if one were to unwind a trombone, it would measure about 9 feet in length. This video therefore features 252 feet of trombone, the approximate height of a giant sequoia, and longer than the wingspan of a 747.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:30 AM on September 14 [23 favorites]


Wow. That was some sweet, sweet brass.

Thanks, I really needed that this morning.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:52 AM on September 14


Top brass!
posted by fordiebianco at 5:15 AM on September 14 [2 favorites]


Greatest morning coffee trombone rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody in world history!

A++++ would sip again.
posted by petebest at 5:19 AM on September 14


Just 48 more and we've got ourselves a parade!
posted by Paul Slade at 5:55 AM on September 14 [12 favorites]


Just 48 more and we've got ourselves a parade!

76 trombones would be 684 feet, taller than the Space Needle, and almost as tall as the Golden Gate Bridge!
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:00 AM on September 14 [3 favorites]


I resisted posting this because I'm friends with a bunch of the players but I'm super glad to see it here. One thing that might not be immediately clear is the ridiculous ensemble skills on display here (the crazy chops are pretty distracting; that's possibly the best altissimo AND the best bass trombone playing you'll hear; these are not randos pulled in from the conference but basically all badasses in the pro trombone world).

But the fact that this hangs together so well across so many tracks is pretty freaking impressive - apart from the one guy who seems to have added to the arrangement on his own elsewhere, everybody is in the same room at the same mic, so this was very much a "hey could you jump in here and play down this track by yourself?" kind of recording. But out of all those individual recordings they're putting together trios and quartets that are tight rhythmically, in tune, etc. Even playing to a backing track that's super hard.
posted by range at 6:10 AM on September 14 [19 favorites]


@range - do you know if they used any sort of mild pitch correction? The intonation was unearthly perfect, to the point that I was skeptical, because trombones.

It is truly an achievement to make a 28-trombone arrangement compelling. And it was! Very much so!
posted by grumpybear69 at 6:32 AM on September 14


yo that gets PHHHHAATTTTT

very brass much thank
posted by seanmpuckett at 6:36 AM on September 14


It's possible he did some correction in production but there are lots of pro trombonists who are just that in tune all the time. Usually at this level if there's any tweaking like that it's a single chord that sat a little weird. With a tune this well known it's a little easier to nail pitches on the inside voices because there aren't any surprises in the harmonies (sometime, say, the voice leading implies you're landing on the 3rd in a chord but it's actually the root, leading you to guess wrong on placement). Precisely because it's so easy to get it wrong, most pro trombonists are crazy pitch savants, and I'd assume there was some kind of pitch reference in the backing track.
posted by range at 6:45 AM on September 14 [7 favorites]


I love me some brass. Slow but good. Thank goodness there weren’t any spotty arsed tuba players/chat10
posted by unliteral at 7:15 AM on September 14


any excuse to link the Mnozil Brass Bohemian Rhapsody
posted by Jon_Evil at 7:38 AM on September 14 [2 favorites]


Not everything has to be a glissando, trombonists.

Like, they glissed notes that Freddie Mercury just hit.
posted by supercres at 7:48 AM on September 14


Not everything has to be a glissando, trombonists.

Ok, sorry, my bad. This got better after the first 15 seconds. But man those first 15 seconds.
posted by supercres at 7:51 AM on September 14


I was going to joke "Now do Raining Blood" but of course that exists. Sorta.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 8:03 AM on September 14


Not everything has to be a glissando, trombonists.

yes it does
posted by Jon_Evil at 8:06 AM on September 14 [8 favorites]


Note: MetaFilter does not recommend unwinding your trombones.

Many of us remember the Slinky-straightening fiasco of 2009.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:18 AM on September 14 [10 favorites]


supercres: "Like, they glissed notes that Freddie Mercury just hit."

A little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me
posted by chavenet at 8:35 AM on September 14 [9 favorites]




A little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me


Anyway the brass blows, surely.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 9:16 AM on September 14 [1 favorite]


So.... MeFi meetup next year in Muncie? I'm in if I'm still in the Midwest.
posted by Jeanne at 9:17 AM on September 14 [2 favorites]


SACRILEGE! and only five trombones were playing at any given time!
posted by hat_eater at 9:24 AM on September 14


Sounds a lot like synth, like that from a SEGA Genesis.

Which is to say, brilliant!
posted by JoeXIII007 at 9:54 AM on September 14


Beelzebone has a sackbut set aside for me
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:55 AM on September 14 [5 favorites]


I wish I'd appreciated how lovely a trombone can sound when I was in middle school learning to play one.

I also wish they'd done the drums on a trombone case.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 10:24 AM on September 14






Well, I'll say it:

This blows.
posted by odinsdream at 12:09 PM on September 14 [5 favorites]


This blows.

I'll let that slide.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:27 PM on September 14 [14 favorites]


I'd like to see this combined with the reggae version.
posted by gottabefunky at 12:52 PM on September 14


Great post. Great playing. The guy who played the solo beginning at 2:36 stood out to me from his first note. Some of that is simply due to the part he got to play but mostly he just had a tone that I found incredible.

I looked through the list of players and think he's Marshall Gilkes. Any chance you can confirm, range?
posted by orange ball at 1:02 PM on September 14


FANTASTIC!
posted by Lutoslawski at 2:58 PM on September 14


Yeah, that's Marshall Gilkes and he's ridiculous. Played with the Jazz at Lincoln Center band w/ Wynton Marsalis, now in Germany with the WDR Big Band, just your run of the mill world-class lead trombone player :)
posted by range at 3:15 PM on September 14 [2 favorites]


Christopher Bill previously - that time, he was solo.
posted by goofyfoot at 6:27 PM on September 14


The comments are hilarious.

"Whoever disliked this can go and practice their recorder"
"He needs to come fix my trombone section at my middle school. Someone flung their slide into a trumpets eye."
posted by batter_my_heart at 9:17 PM on September 14


This blows.

Don't be such a bell end.
posted by flabdablet at 1:29 AM on September 15 [1 favorite]


But who played the drums?

The drums were also played by a trombone.
posted by storybored at 9:16 AM on September 15 [5 favorites]


OK, but Christopher Bill's t-shirt sure looks like it says

CLASSICAL
THROMBONE
posted by moonmilk at 9:43 AM on September 15


I know eff-all about brass or even music, but I had to say that link to the Mnozil Brass was amazing. When it started I thought "yeah, some novelty wankers," but they were incredible singers, incredible musicians and funny to boot. Turns out after reading their Wikipedia page, this was no major insight on my part. Thanks for sharing the original link too.
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 4:10 PM on September 16


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