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The Legendary Brown Note

October 11, 2013

Well, this clip has already gone somewhat viral, but I had to share it simply because it made my jaw drop to the floor. You know how you sometimes when exposed to something you’ve never encountered before kinda just laugh out loud? Well, this had me nervously doing so, simply because up to that point I’d never seen or heard anything like it. And I was positive the whole thing was gonna end like that opening sequence of David Cronenberg‘s Scanners.

The choir member in question (far right) starts out already in the lower regions of the scale (C one octave down; fitting for bass), which is pretty damn impressive as he’s already giving 99% of death metal vocalists out there a run for their money, and, instead of doing what most would and work himself up the scale, he just keeps pulling a limbo – how low can you go? Without the whole thing ending like that opening sequence of David Cronenberg‘s Scanners, I might add.

As the guy’s already really pushing what most think is possible for the human voice – feel free to show this to any music teacher/theoretic – he then drops two damn octaves around the 0:37 mark! To give you an idea, that’s a low low C that’d make any guitarist or bass player go “I’m out”. And if you watch closely you’ll see  the other three members actually taking a step back while he’s at it, ’cause, you know, the whole thing might end like that opening sequence of David Cronenberg‘s Scanners.

This is incredulous. Normally I’d expect this sort of sound coming from a grizzly after a crate of beer, but never a human being. Wow! Oh, and if you don’t know what the “brown note” is you can read up on it here.

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