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Gotta respect a man who commits so onerous to singing the oboe traces of Star Wars’ “Duel Of The Fates”

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When composer Matthew Van Ness commits to a bit, he doesn’t half-ass it, even a little bit. Right here he’s, singing each single instrument and choral half in John Williams’ “Duel Of The Fates” from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The hooded stuff initially is humorous, and the general impact could be very cool, however what we’re actually delighted by is his dedication to creating positive each oboe, trombone, and bassoon is accounted for, and for singing that lone piccolo half as if his life trusted it.

It must be famous that he doesn’t have a seven-octave vocal vary. Right here’s a remark he left on the video, simply to make that plain:

Hey guys! I simply wish to make it clear that clearly the vary of the orchestra is considerably bigger than the vary of the human voice, so for the very excessive and low bits I did pitch shift my voice to get it there. Anyhow I hope you benefit from the video!

What’s cool about movies like these is that, along with being enjoyable and bizarre, it permits the viewer to see and listen to precisely how intricate compositions like “Duel Of The Fates” might be. It issues that there are two bassoons and a contrabassoon. It issues that there are 4 trombones. Certain, it’s a enjoyable web gag, however it’s additionally an excellent little musical lesson. Win-win.

This isn’t the primary time Van Ness has diligently, earnestly dedicated to creating his approach by means of the bassoon components of well-known compositions, one “ooo” and “bummmmm” at a time. Right here’s his tackle the Avengers theme:

And a considerably better-known Star Wars theme:

He additionally wrote a lush association for this auto-tuned dog. The human-voice-as-orchestra movies are clearly very labor-intensive and the result’s spectacular, but when we’re sincere, this one wins.

Good lady, Maggie. Good work, Matthew.

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