For this week’s video we decided to challenge ourselves. We picked a pop tune at the top of the charts — one that wouldn’t be an obvious candidate for an instrumental cover. “Rolling in the Deep” jumped out at us. The writers, Paul Epworth and Adele, described it as a “dark blues-y gospel disco tune.” What could be more challenging for a classically-trained cellist and pianist? We locked ourselves in the studio (ok, not literally) and began work on the introduction. It wasn’t working. The end.
The song came alive when we found a destined matchup in the melody from Gustav Holst’s classical piece “Jupiter”—a deep melody that rang out when layered on top of everything we were creating for this arrangement. To make a long studio-story short, it all came together after that. ALL sounds were created by acoustic & electric cellos (5 different cellos) and piano. By the time we were finished we had used 60 tracks. We hope you enjoy it! Stay tuned for the VOCAL VERSION!
I was doing an interview with TPT.org about my MSCED project and I was asked to be prepared to make something ‘on the spot’ during the interview. Halfway through the interview, I still didn’t have an idea. Finally, I noticed the electrical outlets and this idea just came to the surface. I got a marker and just drew these two pigs. The title came quickly after.
Absolutely love this … I’ve been following Jon Schmidt for a while now. Jon Schmidt is a classically trained pianist with many of his own original “new age” compositions. Lately he has been doing awesome mashups, such as Love Story (by Taylor Swift) meets Viva La Vida (by Coldplay) and Love Story meets Love Story. This video involves a classical twist on Michael Jackson’s songs. Enjoy the video!