By Rob Beschizza at 12:35 pm Tue, Jan 12, 2010
I always wondered what the soundtrack would be in Hell.
I just saw Marc-Andre Hamelin in concert a few weeks ago. One of the legendary living pianists. (Not that you can tell per se from this funny video, but look him up on youtube.)
I wish people would stop uploading music onto youtube. It’s a waste of server space and bandwidth.
What are YOU paying for the server space?
I know Marc-AndrÃ© and he has a great sense of humour…
I quite like it.
A similar piece, using Windows XP sound effects: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4skgihJHQ5M
Now, if irritating music is the goal, the Porcupine Overture is your man. I first encountered it here on Boingboing about a year ago.
I love this! Appeals directly to my sense of humor. More please!
As far as uploading music on youtube — what would you suggest instead? It makes uploading easy, and just about anyone can play it without using or downloading extra software. I’m not aware of any ‘music only’ service that works that way.
My friend Luca, a musician-and-student-but-oh-today-I-suddenly-realized-I-dont-want-to-become-a-lawyer, forwarded me a less irritating fugue based on the same theme. Thank you, old boy.
But can you get it as a ringtone?
Ha! First I LOLed, then I remembered a concert I heard of M-AH. He burned through Liszt’s second piano concerto, he came back to play one of his own (serious) compositions as an encore. He was at the quietest, most sensitive part of the piece when someone’s cell rang. The reaction from the audience sounded like ten thousand people being punched in the gut simultaneously. So yeah, this is definitely a classy way to laugh this off.
Now go watch his piece “Circus Galop” for player piano:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdUy70dh8LY (MIDI player piano)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjUiN4zrRf8 (MIDI render w/ score)
It’s completely nuts. There’s a version played by a real player piano with a roll on “Player Piano Volume 6″, along with a bunch of other great pieces:
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