Seinfeld's theme is scary at 1/12 speed

Slowing down the Seinfeld theme by 1200% turns it into a David Lynch soundtrack, full of nightmares and menace, as Gorge Catanda demonstrates with this 8 minutes youtube. You may recall that Inception pulled the same trick, massively slowing down the film's Edith Piaf themesong to produce a grinding, subliminally identifiable soundscape.

What if the senfeld theme was slowed down 1200%? (via Kottke)


  1. wow.. kinda makes my 30 year love affair with Stapleton seem, well, lame.
    not really… this is a poor man’s attempt at aural disturbance :-)
    ¡Viva Babs Santini!

  2. I would suggest that slowing something down by 100% would mean stopping it, by 1200% would mean running it rapidly in reverse.  Would it be more accurate to say this was slowed down by 11/12ths, or approx 92%?

    1. If you slow down something by 100% you’re doubling the playing time. I suggest downloading the multi-platform, open-source, and FREE Audacity to play around with it.

      1. No, if you slow down something by 100% you’re stopping it so you’re making its playing time INFINITE.

        1. It’s the kind of math that WalMart uses to describe sale prices. I guess if writers were any good at math they wouldn’t be writers!

  3. Shenanigans. If you slow it down by 1112% it is transposed into an ethereal piece suitable for massage sessions and meditation.

    1.  I’m pretty sure if you go 1112% slower, you travel backwards in time, possibly causing Beethoven to discover excellent heavy metal.

  4. “The Strike” is the 166th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the tenth episode of the ninth and final season. It aired on December 18, 1997.

    This episode also popularized the concept of a “two-ear”: a melody that sounds attractive sometimes and bad at other times, depending on exterior conditions, such as playback speed.

    1. I just got the mental image of a menacing, wide-eyed Kramer slowly emerging through Jerry’s front door.

  5. That was glorious.

    It started out dark and foreboding, traveled though a nefarious soundscape, and eventually resolved into something bright and hopeful. It was epic fantasy.

  6. Does this mean that if we speed up all those 1970s Tangerine Dream albums, we’ll get sitcom themes?

  7. See, this is why we shouldn’t send music out on our space probes. The race we encounter might perceive time differently and feel threatened

    1. Fun music fact: The Bieber song was used by Paul Leonard-Morgan in the slo-mo sections in the Dredd film that came out last year. Think the track in questions is called ‘Ma-Ma’s Requiem’.

      I think it was Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) who put the idea onto Leonard-Morgan, as Barrow was collecting a bunch of music for his own imaginary soundtrack to an imaginary Dredd film. Which he later released as ‘Drokk’.

      I love that Bieber one. It’s such a masterclass in harmonious uplifting chords.

      1. with this, i have a new respect for justin bieber.

        it’s like stoned angels have discovered synthpop.

  8. Am I the only one here who finds normal-speed ‘Seinfield’ a Lynchian horrorshow, full of nightmares and menace?

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