Wednesday, December 03, 2008

One of the best a capella songs ever: Thriller by François Macré - massively multitracked a capella

Nice! François Macré performs Jacko's thriller (written by Rod Templeton) using only his voice (with a little bit of digital chorus and reverb). He used 64 tracks to layer the sounds. I remember Brian Wilson's Imagination, where he also used a bazillion tracks. . .but he only did the voices, not the rhythm and melody tracks.

Here is Macré 's commentary from YouTube on the song:

Here is a remake of the "Thriller" song that I've entirely recorded with my own voice, using 64 A'cappella tracks. There is therefore no instrument, synthetizer, beatbox, or even to sampler, but only the sound of my voice livened up with Reverb and slight Chorus on certain tracks.

Regarding looping parts, I've simply used the "looping" technique. Moreover, in the whole piece (which contains several thousand notes), I transposed 8 notes, which were impossible for me to sing in high-pitched. Because of my tessiture, I also must have resigned myself to sing certain parts in head voice, more particularly on the track corresponding to Michael Jackson's solo vocal.

I've accomplished this non-commercial project at home, only with a mobile PC, microphone, headphones and webcam - in nearly 350 hours. It's just an artistic challenge, accomplished during my hours of free time, whose purpose is to make smile my close circle and net surfers. Nonetheless, I'll be happy to record in professional studio, original songs with this technique, if a label was interested to work with me on a SP or LP entirely based on this innovative concept of "Massively Multitracks A'cappella".I hope you'll have as much pleasure to hear and watch it as I had to accomplish. Don't hesitate to leave me your comments or, for labels and composers, to contact me through my MySpace profile :

1 comment:

François Macré said...

Hi Jack,
I'd want personaly to thanks you to have post this sweet article dedicated to my a'cappella version of "Thriller";-) I'm happy that you'd loved it;-)
Take care of you Jack