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Poèmes Symphoniques

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 25 february 2022 - no comments

La période classique Romantique, qui couvre plus ou moins le XIXe siècle, a été l'occasion pour nombre de compositeurs de s'essayer à la transposition de poèmes en musique. Deux des plus célèbres exemples sont l'Apprenti sorcier de Paul Dukas (qui a été mis en image par Walt Disney), et la Danse Macabre de Camille Saint-Saens.

La vidéo qui suit est une masterclass qui analyse et explique les détails insoupçonnés de ces deux œuvres que j'affectionne tout particulièrement, le tout expliqué par Jean-François Zygel.

Polyphonic overtone singing - Anna-Maria Hefele

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 08 march 2016 - no comments

Overtune is something natural in all live instruments, including the human voice. But being able to control it to sing two distinct melodies at once is an amazing talent.

In this video, Anna-Maria explains how it works. You can also find lessons on her Youtube channel to learn how to sing like her.

Source : my wife

Android Monotune

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 16 february 2016 - no comments

Here's an advertisment for the Android operating system, which, I think, extraordinarily delivers their message : Be together, not the same. This is how Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (3rd movement) would sound on a piano playing only a middle C.

You can also discover the making of, and an extended version below

Piano Gare Tour

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 18 december 2015 - no comments

Frequent travellers know these little tunes broadcasted just before an annoucement. It's usually around 6 notes, and becomes part of the ambient noise in a train station or airport.

Two french guys decided to compose a music based on the SNCF (the french public train service), and play it on pianos available in big train stations.

Thanks to my wife for showing me this video

Lucia di Lammermoor (Fifth element remix)

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 21 january 2015 - no comments

Young people these days are truly amazing ! A few years ago, I was surprised to see teenagers singing and simulating the vocoder effect.

This time, a teenage Armenian girl, named Viktoria Hovhanissyan interprets the "Mad Scene" from the Lucia di Lammermoor opera. It's even more impressive when you know that the Inva Mula, the albanian soprano who gives her voice to the Diva Plavalaguna in the film, had to record some voices seperately, which were then mixed later on a computer. When Eric Serra showed her the music sheet, she reportedly said that it was not humanly possible to sing the song as it was written.

While searching around, I found another video of a younger Ukrainian girl performing the same song.