Monday, November 8, 2010

Hilarious Gregory Brothers Music Videos

Now that I've featured a few of their videos on this blog, I thought I'd give credit to an extremely talented group, the Gregory Brothers.  I consider this music brilliant because it acts as a bridge between rap and music using people's unscripted words in normal speech by converting their natural voice inflections into melodies.   Maybe this is a way out of the rap dredge into a new means of converting everyone's voice into what the Gregory Brothers refer to as "unintentional singers".

The Gregory Brothers can turn anything into music and make anyone famous such as what happened to Antoine Dodson who appeared on the news talking about a local rapist.  The song video, Bed Intruder, (see below) has had 39 million views since  August, 2010 and the song has reached top Billboard R&B #3 and iTunes top hits.

Wikipedia's description of the news broadcast of Dodson:

Dodson was interviewed on July 28, 2010, by NBC affiliate WAFF-48 News after the alleged attempted rape of his sister by an intruder in her bedroom, in the "projects" of Lincoln Park.
A frame from the viral "Bed Intruder Song" music video, which sourced its footage from an interview NBC affiliate WAFF-48 News conducted with Antoine.
The video of the interview caught attention due to the passionate and flamboyant style of his delivery, speaking directly to the camera, in which he directly addressed the people of his neighborhood as well as the would-be rapist, and his use of street vernacular.

How the song was created:

The pitch contour of Antoine Dodson's voice was manipulated to make him appear to sing. Michael Gregory told Wired Magazine, "For this one, I really wanted to listen to the contours of [Antoine Dodson's] voice, and the way that he was emoting. I’ve done this enough so that when I heard him talk, I could hear the melody, and that melody kind of changes connotation depending on what key I put it in. Then I do the instrumental track and put it on top." - Wikipedia

I've since ciphered through several of the brother videos and came up with my favorites: