A Classical Mash-Up

Posted by M ws On Tuesday, October 4, 2011 2 comments
Last night, I came across this awesome video clip of The Piano Guys and listened to this particular piece about twenty times. Even my husband and younger boy were enthralled and listened to it on their own gadgets! Yet, it was such a blend of perfect harmony, creativity and finesse in music. Here's an excerpt from the YouTube clip:

After our Taylor Swift Coldplay mash-up, lots of people wanted more song combos. This led us to the creation of a cool hip hop/classical mash-up, but again we could not get permission. Instead of scrapping the great ideas, we used them to create an original tune. You will hear influences and inspiration from other artists. Try and guess them.

On the recording, Steven Sharp Nelson laid down over 100 tracks including cello textures never known possible. Every single sound on the video was made using only the instruments shown: piano, cello, mouth percussion and kick drum. We utilized some cool effects on lots of stuff...for example the U2-style delay on Steve's pizzicato at the beginning.

The extra string on the electric cellos (the black cello has an extra high string and the white cello has an extra low string) allowed us to cover the full range of the orchestra. The deep bass drum sound is a bump on the body of the cello with a little help from some effects. The shaker sound was created by Steve rubbing rosin on his bow. The record scratch is Steve scratching a quarter on the strings...you get the idea.

Special SPECIAL thanks to Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart "The Piano Guys" who put as much of themselves into the video as we did and without whom the video would never have happened. (please "Like" them on facebook, they are awesome!!!) http://www.facebook.com/PianoGuys

Thank you,

Jon Schmidt

Websites to check out!

The Piano Guys


And here it is:


2 comments to A Classical Mash-Up

  1. says:

    eugene Thanks for sharing...............

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Hi Eugene!

    You are most welcome. Thanks for swinging by. Do check out their other music clips! Have a great day.


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