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Cello Hero Update

In this post I linked to the Berlin Phil’s Cello Challenge. Now, video game blog Kotaku has picked up on the game. Much to my delight, their readers (I am also one myself) were generally impressed with this simple little game, one even saying it could work with a full sized plastic cello, a la Rock Band. Many also commented about how they liked Saint-Saëns’ The Swan.

I guess classical music isn’t as nerdy as I thought.

At least among other nerds.

Cello Hero!

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From the Berlin Philharmonic:

Cello Challenge

Sure there’s a limited number of ‘songs,’ (1,) but this certainly has a better chance of engaging the masses and getting them interested in classical music than its closest competitor, the ill-fated Sousaphone Hero.

Thanks to TM for the tip.

…with a bang! (aka: Take That, Cloverfield)

I don’t know much about this guy, but he’s Finnish and this could be the European Union Youth Orchestra… this has to be one of the most awesome videos I’ve seen (well, in the classical music sense anyway.)

The way the camera shakes (it’s sitting on a timpani head) and the way this fellow grins into the camera while he’s still delivering the hammer blow makes it my favourite Mahler 6 Hammer Strike video on YouTube. (Yes these things exist and there are more after the jump.)
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