I haven’t had an opportunity recently to just surf through the varied offerings on Youtube.com. A lot of what you view is just not really worth the time you spend there, but once in a while you find a real gem. This is one of those.
Meet Corey Vidal, a 21-year-old video artist and official “YouTube partner” from Canada, which basically means that Youtube.com actually pays him to make videos. He’s also a dancer, choreographer, and singer – a real Renaissance man of many talents. This video, however, required something different from him than any he had made before.
The first time I viewed this video, I was struck by the breadth and depth of creativity involved to produce this final product. I mistakenly thought that Corey had taped himself singing each part, then somehow looped them all together.
The thought of one individual singing the range of all four parts was staggering, much less putting them together and overlaying them into one video of four individual parts playing simultaneously. I didn’t know that that was exactly what I was supposed to think.
Then I got to checking further into the video itself through information provided by Corey Vidal on the Youtube site which led me to my favorite researching website – Google.com. What I found, amazingly enough, is that what he actually did was even more difficult than I originally thought.
The audio track of this salute to John Williams is, in reality, from a comedic acapella group called Moosebutter, also from Canada. According to their website, their music is “Music for Your Inner Lizard” – yes, extremely tongue-in-cheek. 🙂
With Moosebutter’s blessing and a collaborative effort with Corey Vidal, the four-minute+ video was first choreographed into four individual parts, and Vidal then had to learn each one perfectly in order to create the illusion of being the sole singer. The video took more than a month to make and received 10,000 hits in the first 48 hours after posting onto Youtube.
I will say that it’s a pretty convincing video. If it had not been for Vidal’s own clear attribution to Moosebutter and additional links to other sites, including 11Alive News here in Atlanta, I would have been taken in. Even after learning the truth, I am amazed at what he has done. Tonight as I finish this post, the counter on this video is over 1,000,000 hits, more than 175,000 since I first viewed it just this morning, and it’s only been uploaded for twelve days.
For a look at Corey’s other videos, check out his Youtube channel.
Interested in what those lyrics to “Star Wars – an Acapella Tribute to John Williams” were? (Yes, you did hear what you thought you did. Those are pretty realistic “Wookie” calls.) Visit Moosebutter here and then be sure to check out some of their other recordings – Harry Potter, for one.
You can also buy the track from them for $0.99 if you really like it. (Got a Star Wars fan in your home? Think Christmas gift. They’ll love it!)
H/T goes to Tabby Worthington.