July 12, 2010 9:01 PM   Subscribe

Typhoonized's You Tube channel has a collection of songs that have been slightly pitch-shifted, and sped up, which gives them a surprising quality all their own. Take Jon and Vangelis - He Is Sailing (original here), or try RYUIKI SAKAMOTO - OKINAWA SONG (Chin Nuku Juushi) and Astrud Gilberto - Agua De Beber. (with sci-fi/fantasy themed illustrations of unknown provenance)
posted by puny human (15 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Okinawa Song original
posted by puny human at 9:03 PM on July 12, 2010

When I listen to the Jon & Vangelis material, I have to remind myself that most of it was improvised live in the studio and recorded directly, no rehearsal etc. Vangelis really was into that whole mindmeld musician headspace which souls in tune with each other can achieve, and he and Jon really did a lot of that. Truly amazing.

I don't know how I feel about that sped-up version. I'm glad it's not all chipmunk-ish. That would have been terrible. But it's an interesting experiment with how pitch and timing can affect the mood of a piece, so I'm all for this kind of exploration.
posted by hippybear at 9:37 PM on July 12, 2010 [2 favorites]

Hmmph. I like this. Don't want to admit it, but I do. Dammit.
posted by treepour at 9:48 PM on July 12, 2010

Yeah there's something weird about it right treepour? But then I used to love Private Collection when I was a kid. I remember jamming he is sailing one beautiful spring day and a thunder storm blew up. and the back of the leaves showed white. I got chills. That whole album was the jam. A kind of synthtopia.

Besides any channel with Hamilton Bohannon is cool with me :)
posted by puny human at 10:17 PM on July 12, 2010 [1 favorite]

It is a little interesting, I suppose. I was just playing with Astrid Gilberto's Agua De Beber in QT player, altering the pitch without tempo, and the results were indeed interesting. I kinda liked it transposed down about a fifth. Kinda sounded like Milton Nascimento if he did straight bossa nova covers.
posted by 2N2222 at 10:29 PM on July 12, 2010

anyone know who does the artwork on the Okinawa song one? It looks like it's all the same person perhaps scans of book cover art from a collection.
posted by wobh at 10:54 PM on July 12, 2010

too fast... my brain... « Older The Mynabirds :Laura Burhenn who, like lots of goo... oh my!
posted by shoesfullofdust at 11:31 PM on July 12, 2010

Sounds like they had drive-by from the Nitrous Mafia
posted by gallagho at 1:37 AM on July 13, 2010

Somehow, the fast version of Astrud Gilberto's track sounded familiar, and then I realized I've listened to a lot of weird remixes. Sped up bossa tracks are not to uncommon in the context of remixes. Interesting stuff.
posted by filthy light thief at 6:31 AM on July 13, 2010

I like Jon & Vangelis, sped up or otherwise. Cool. :)

When I'm feeling guh because I followed the wrong creepy link on the internet or whatever, Jon and Vangelis always bring me back to a place of hope and light and joy and benevolence. Call them cheesy or whatever you like, they just have a special place in my heart.

And thank you Wikipedia for telling me that Vangelis *auditioned to be in Yes* but was turned down in favor of Patrick Moraz! I did NOT know that! A Vangelicized Yes would have been awesome.
posted by edheil at 6:34 AM on July 13, 2010

A Vangelicized Yes would have been awesome.

Indeed, it would have been, but it actually would have been Vangelis with the members of Yes as a backing band. He's notoriously difficult to work with in a band setting (hence the short duration of Aphrodite's Child). I read something at one point which stated that the entire group realized this and it was a mutual decision for them not to work together. But out of that audition grew the Jon & Vangelis projects, and for those alone it was a worthwhile audition.
posted by hippybear at 7:18 AM on July 13, 2010

And if you do this to Black Sabbath's Iron Man you get a really thrashing punk track.
posted by egypturnash at 8:59 AM on July 13, 2010

Nitrous makes your voice lower, gallagho.
posted by keep_evolving at 9:14 AM on July 13, 2010

I'd love to hear a pitch shifted version of J.J. Cale's Travelin' Light.

But wow, just listen what this technique does with something as banal as Johnny Clegg -- JULUKA - Mantombana ( fast ).
posted by puny human at 3:55 PM on July 14, 2010

Whoa, I take that back. The original mantombana is pretty hot.
posted by puny human at 4:41 PM on July 14, 2010

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