Final Fantasy meets trance music

Discussion in 'Main Forum' started by Prometheus, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Prometheus

    Prometheus Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks, Mornak -- I have also enjoyed Sophie Sugar for quite a while. She's been consistently solid in everything she releases.

    The only thing I've found that I really like from Yuri Kane is what I posted, but I've not looked extensively.

    The funny thing about Pentatonix is that I actually do not like a capella music as a general rule. The problem, in my mind, is that the human voice just has such limited range of sounds and tone compared to what you can get, say, with an ensemble of instruments. But Pentatonix has such amazing range and versatility that they prove me wrong -- at least partly. :)

    And it isn't just me that has taken notice. Their second album actually broke billboard's top ten -- that's just crazy for an a capella group. I've never heard of such a thing and would have bet anything it would never happen. Their European tour sold out every single venue, completely, and that Daft Punk video on YouTube has over 30 million views in less than 2 months. That's impressive, I think. The only thing that worries me is whether you can really keep going indefinitely with just voice, even if you're as good as they are.

    However, they have been willing to branch out a bit. They did a cover of Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" with a violinist (Linsey Stirling) that is very good -- I like it better than the original simply due to its musical inventiveness, and I love the cello and violin elements -- they add a lot. In particular, take a listen to the section between 2:33 and 3:15 -- that section alone blows away anything in the original Imagine Dragons version... Sorry Imagine Dragons fans. :p

    I love string instruments anyway, and it turns out that Pentatonix' percussionist plays cello quite well. I would love to see them use that more. I figure if you couple that amazing voice talent with a bit of instrumentation, you can keep your sound fresh and interesting long term. Apocalyptica did it with rock + cellos, so there is some precedent (although that was in Helsinki, Finland). Still, I think Pentatonix has the potential to really shake up the music scene in the mainstream, and I really hope they do. For sure, I'm really tired of Clear Channel controlling so much of what people hear in the US.
  2. Prometheus

    Prometheus Administrator Staff Member

    Oh, and you may have seen it, but Pentatonix also did a nice version of Carol of The Bells, which is one of my favorite Christmas songs anyhow. Pay attention to some of those low notes that Avi somehow nails, from about 1:46 to 2:15. I mean, geez, that's just amazing range and great tone.

    For comparison, here is a very good tradition version of the song, which is actually a traditional Ukrainian carol called "Shchedryk". Beautiful song. Merry Christmas. :)
  3. Mornak

    Mornak Member

    I had seen that Pentatonix version of Imagine Dragon's Radioactive, and likewise thought it was very good. I just got tickets to their concert coming in February. I surprised my wife and 12 year old son (big fan) with the concert news this morning.

    Also, regarding the Radioactive song, I did some further searching on the violinist, Lindsey Stirling, in the video. I found another that I thought as very good and well worth a listen.
  4. Prometheus

    Prometheus Administrator Staff Member

    Cool. Feel lucky -- almost all their shows are sold out up until April. They are coming to Tucson in February as well, but unfortunately it's sold out.
  5. Prometheus

    Prometheus Administrator Staff Member

    So Mornak, I never heard -- how did that Pentatonix show go? Just curious. :)
  6. Mornak

    Mornak Member

    I guess I wasn't clear in my reply regarding the concert. I went to Imagine Dragons, not Pentatonix. Though I'd certainly try to snag tickets for Pentatonix too if they came anywhere close.
  7. Prometheus

    Prometheus Administrator Staff Member

    Ah, ok. :) Well, no worries. Hopefully you had a good time regardless.
  8. Prometheus

    Prometheus Administrator Staff Member

    Mornak mentioned Dash Berlin, so here are a couple of his tracks.

    This one isn't quite as good, but I love the sound visualizations on it. Pretty cool:
  9. Prometheus

    Prometheus Administrator Staff Member

    Some Romanian pop music:

    Same artist under a different moniker:

    Last edited: Mar 1, 2017
  10. Prometheus

    Prometheus Administrator Staff Member

    Bohemian Rhapsody remake by Pentatonix

    Again, I don't really like a capella, but this was just an amazingly good remake of a classic.

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