Monday, June 04, 2018

A Cappella THX Logo Theme

"Deep Note" is the name of the THX theme that everyone remembers from the 1980s and '90s. It starts out creepy, then resolves into triumphant. Last month, THX Ltd. shared the sheet music for Deep Note. It looks like a mess, but Mach Kobayashi saw it as a challenge. Could he sing it?
I’m not a great singer but most of the notes were more or less in my range. So I went into GarageBand and for each note at the end, I picked some random notes in that G2 to G3 range, and sorta glissando-ed to the final note. I doubled the tempo because it seemed a little too slow as written. There were 30 tracks in all (3 tracks each for most of the final notes and 2 each for the bottom 3 final notes) so that took a little while. I dropped the top note by an octave and raised the bottom 3 notes by an octave so I could sing them a bit better. (I think the bottom notes are outside the range of human vocal chords.) And then I recorded me singing with each of those 30 tracks playing in my earbuds, pitch corrected the 4 notes in Final Cut Pro X, and edited the whole thing together.
What do you think? It's not perfect, but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for someone to do it better. It's a bit reminiscent of Duck Army. (via reddit)

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