August 17, 2009 6:43 AM   Subscribe

I am not glad I listened to these. YMMV.
posted by Darth Fedor at 6:49 AM on August 17, 2009

My pet bird was very disturbed. His cage is next to the computer and he dive-bombed off his perch to cower in the corner.
posted by d13t_p3ps1 at 6:51 AM on August 17, 2009

lol at James LaBrie's voice
posted by water bear at 6:52 AM on August 17, 2009

Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
posted by EvaDestruction at 6:55 AM on August 17, 2009

For Animal Crossing fans, here's every KK Slider song at once.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:01 AM on August 17, 2009 [5 favorites]

I'm really not sure what the point of this is. I mean, it's kind of interesting how each of the allatonce videos has its own "sound", but to my ear it's noise and not worth a second listen to any of them. Echoing Darth Fedor, YMMV.
posted by hippybear at 7:04 AM on August 17, 2009

For Animal Crossing fans, here's every KK Slider song at once.

The Megadeth just sounds sort of like My Bloody Valentine. But that shit is a message from Satan, I'm sure of it.
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:04 AM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

The ideal way to read The Terrible Secret of Animal Crossing is to have the every KK Slider song at once bit playing in the background looping as necessary, on very low volume at first but slowly increasing.
posted by Drastic at 7:07 AM on August 17, 2009

At the same time as what?
posted by jbickers at 7:09 AM on August 17, 2009

At the same time as what?

Your brain burning.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:10 AM on August 17, 2009

I can't take that much Dragonforce at once. It is powerful enough to shatter diamonds, the second hardest metal known to man (after Dragonforce).
posted by cimbrog at 7:13 AM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

Entire Ride the Lightning album at the same time

I'm positive if you did this for St. Anger, it would improve it tenfold. But really, literally any sound would be an improvement on that album.
posted by naju at 7:17 AM on August 17, 2009

Is this something I'd have to be tone deaf to understand?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:21 AM on August 17, 2009

I did this a while back for every Beatles album.
posted by Aquaman at 7:23 AM on August 17, 2009 [4 favorites]

Neutral Milk Hotel all at the same time? Ouch. I like the band, a lot. But let's be honest: sometimes Magnum does get pretty screechy. Listening to it all at once might hurt.
posted by Askiba at 7:38 AM on August 17, 2009

The Dragonforce one highlights their tropes frighteningly well.
posted by LSK at 7:41 AM on August 17, 2009

I did this a while back for every Beatles album.

Let It Be sounds like a dump truck careening through a cemetery filled with moaning and caterwauling hippies beating tambourines in slow motion.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:58 AM on August 17, 2009

The SLAYER one makes a sound that I would honestly purchase.
posted by gcbv at 7:59 AM on August 17, 2009 [2 favorites]

I think I like these because doing something like this is so utterly pointless. I mean, I like the fact that someone did this. I'm not explaining this well. I think maybe it did something to my brain that I like. Am I sense?
posted by sidereal at 8:09 AM on August 17, 2009

The Slayer one is actually quite interesting. It's great just after the 3:30 mark, suddenly all the shorter tracks give way to Angel of Death. I find that beautifully metal. I didn't listen to any of the others. Wake me up when someone does Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass.
posted by ob at 8:12 AM on August 17, 2009

I had my PC volume set far, far too high for opening up the Slayer one. I feel a bit ill after sitting through about 30 seconds of the resultant cacophany.

In other words, two thumbs up!
posted by slimepuppy at 8:13 AM on August 17, 2009

On the neutral milk hotel one, I can definitely hear Untitled more than anything else. Bagpipes are able to blare over every other sound put together who woulda thunk?
posted by Lemurrhea at 8:16 AM on August 17, 2009

ok ok so all the songs start at the same time and obviously end at different times due to their length. What would be even more fun would be to line them up, um, right justified? so they all end at the same time. BAM. It would start with one song, the longest one, then...
posted by sidereal at 8:16 AM on August 17, 2009 [2 favorites]

posted by sidereal at 8:20 AM on August 17, 2009

I bought a CD for $14.95 and paid for it with $15.00. Guess what I got?
posted by Dr-Baa at 8:22 AM on August 17, 2009

What would be even more fun would be to line them up, um, right justified?

That might work, but you could also take the duration of the longest and time-stretch all the others so that there's never a moment when all the songs are playing together. That would truly sound awful/awesome depending on your point of view.
posted by ob at 8:23 AM on August 17, 2009

I sort of love this. It's really cool to hear which sounds come through over others. I've only listened to the Neutral Milk Hotel so far because that's what I know best of all the links. Hearing snippets of my favorite melodies peek through the noise is great.

sidereal: I'm with you on that. And I'm also with you on calling it right justifying, which is hilarious.
posted by nosila at 8:24 AM on August 17, 2009

Also, whilst I'm on the subject of easy listening, if anyone wanted to do this to the entire oeuvre of Singers Unlimited I would applaud them lustily.
posted by ob at 8:26 AM on August 17, 2009

This makes me think of that Star Trek episode where Picard walks in on Data listening to 6 classical pieces at once. It sounds like chaos, and Picard asks Data to turn it off. Inquisitive, Data does turn off the music, and states that he can discern up to 10 different songs at the same time.

What I'm saying is, I'm not Data.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:27 AM on August 17, 2009 [8 favorites]

I feel like this tells me a lot about the style of an artist. For example, Dragonforce: LOUD! FAST!

Of course I got that from listening to the songs by themselves, but this experience made it very clear very fast.

Also I love your post title.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 8:27 AM on August 17, 2009

I did this a while back for every Beatles album.

Thanks, these are a lot more interesting than the ones in the original post. I particularly like Sgt Pepper's.
posted by dfan at 8:40 AM on August 17, 2009

this is pretty neat. two things I find interesting:
Even at the beginning of these, there's an obvious difference in texture. Megadeth sounds nothing like Dragon Force.

There's a half to three quarters point in all of these where you start hearing a lot of song ends over each other, which is awesome, especially in Neutral Milk Hotel, where the mean song length is thick around 3 and half minutes. They all end with epics battling it out.
posted by es_de_bah at 8:45 AM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

Reign in Blood sounds like some kind of Glenn Blanca/Atari Teenage Riot shit!
posted by ignignokt at 8:51 AM on August 17, 2009

Also, as one of the YouTube commenters said, it is very Nasum-like.

ob: That is striking, partly because for some reason, I always think Raining Blood is "about as long" as Angel of Death. I think I'm equating epicness with length.
posted by ignignokt at 8:56 AM on August 17, 2009

Haha, this is pretty great!

With "Dimitri Shostakovich: The Missing Symphony", V/VM did something similar to this a while ago. "The missing symphony was created by digitally uploading all fifteen of Dimitri Shostakovich's symphonies. The average length of each was worked out, all of the symphonies were stretched or compressed to the average length and then layered on top of each other, thus creating a missing symphony." You can listen to the first movement here, if you like.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 8:58 AM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

My high school metalhead self spent so much time memorizing every note in Ride the Lightning that listening to this is making me physically dizzy since my poor brain is trying to pick it all apart all at once.
posted by Space Coyote at 8:58 AM on August 17, 2009 [2 favorites]

Hey, here's the entire post so far, ALL AT ONCE!

posted by orme at 9:12 AM on August 17, 2009 [6 favorites]

Now open them all in separate tabs and listen to all of them at the same time!

I did this. It sort of reminded me of the last two thirds of Spahn Dirge.
posted by suetanvil at 9:13 AM on August 17, 2009

Wouldn't all at once be a single note of super volume? And they would all sound the same.

I bet if you did this with a Linkin Park album, it would sound like one song. Or at least the first :45 sec, since they use the same beat and tempo hook in every single one of their songs. Or at least their singles.
posted by asfuller at 9:29 AM on August 17, 2009

ob: That is striking, partly because for some reason, I always think Raining Blood is "about as long" as Angel of Death. I think I'm equating epicness with length.

Yeah. This happens all the time. Musical perception is a really interesting thing. 3:30 can feel very short or pretty long depending on a variety of factors all bound up in the umbrella term known as "musical material". Mostly this is about rate of harmonic change, but textural or timbral changes, amongst other things, affect this too. It can be a fun experiment to listen to a few things and try to guess how long each one is and see how close you are, or why you got it wrong. It's actually one of the coolest things about music and one that often gets overlooked. A good composer/song writer (or whatever you want to call them) can manipulate this to great effect.
posted by ob at 9:46 AM on August 17, 2009

These all sound pretty awesome to me. Now I just need a ~60 piece band.
posted by cmoj at 10:17 AM on August 17, 2009

Wow, I actually like these noises, and I went into it not wanting to like the concept at all. I'm so going to be downloading these and setting them aside for the next time I DJ a noise/experimental set. Some of these will mix right in with Merzbow, Halfer Trio or even some Nurse With Wound.

No, seriously. I actually like these noises, especially the Animal Crossing one. I want to hear that one on a really big sound system.
posted by loquacious at 11:04 AM on August 17, 2009

Nobody did the Flaming Lips?
posted by empath at 11:06 AM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

What these do is a raw mix, therefore drowning out everything in the clipping. I would like to know what these mixes would sound like with the end levels adjusted below clipping level. Because clipping sounds like clipping, mostly.
posted by idiopath at 11:18 AM on August 17, 2009

<nathanExplosion>That was brutal.</nathanExplosion>
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:32 AM on August 17, 2009

This reminds me of trying to get to sleep at 4am and having stupid dreams and then waking up every 5 minutes. Its the same feeling of chaos and overwhelmed-ness.
posted by stillnocturnal at 1:14 PM on August 17, 2009

Okay, I guess you'd call that cacophony? YAWN. I already own Metal Machine Music.
posted by nanojath at 1:18 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

Would somebody please do this with every episode of Three's Company?
posted by dirtdirt at 2:36 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ok, go here and listen to the "Nickleback Trilogy." My friend layered three of their songs together and it's crazy how they all fit together because all their songs sound the same.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:40 PM on August 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


Or maybe A WHOLE SKINNY PUPPY ALBUM AT THE SAME TIME. fact, I paused before submitting this comment to do so, using AoN's album In No Sense? Nonsense! as the subject. Albums with wide dynamic and tonal range are a lot more... interesting... than all these metal bands that make every song from the same textures.

Also, the aggregate of Aphex Twin's drukqs is still recognizably Aphex Twinny, even before half of the tracks cut out.
posted by egypturnash at 2:47 PM on August 17, 2009


I am too lazy to find appropriate imagery to accompany this for purposes of uploading to Youtube; you will have to break out iMovie or whatever and do it yourself. TOTALLY WORTH IT.
posted by egypturnash at 2:57 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

First impression:

Dragonforce sounds like a modem connecting, maybe 9600 having connectivity issues.

Neutral Milk Hotel sounds like one hell of a traffic jam on a cramped city street. Think 1970s NYC during a mid-summer black-out or any time of day in Bangalore.

System of Down sounds like fast forwarding through your brother's Rusted Root cassette to get to that Really Bad Ass Flute Solo!

Slayer sounds like standing next to the speaker at a Slayer concert.
posted by Panjandrum at 4:38 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

Caution: I think the Slayer one contains The Brown Note.

*excuses self to go change underwear*
posted by ZenMasterThis at 4:53 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

> The ideal way to read The Terrible Secret of Animal Crossing is to have the every KK Slider song at once bit playing in the background looping as necessary, on very low volume at first but slowly increasing.

That is f***ing epic. I haven't even played Animal Crossing and my boggles about what is and is not real from that playthrough. It's like a kawaii The Prisoner.
posted by Decimask at 10:30 PM on August 17, 2009

Would somebody please do this with every episode of Three's Company?

I did that once! But the finished product was just one video of a big misunderstanding.
posted by Spatch at 6:17 AM on August 18, 2009

Thank you, Dr-Baa, for the KK Slider link which prompted Drastic to post the Terrible Secret of Animal Crossing. And thank *you*, Drastic, for thus making me late to work.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and put Terrible Secret in long-term storage for my 6 year old son and 8 year old niece. They should be ready for it by the time they're 30.
posted by whuppy at 6:53 AM on August 18, 2009


But it'd be more interesting after being beat matched. Hmmm, I may have to give that a try...
posted by lothar at 9:04 AM on August 18, 2009

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