If you’re anything like me, then you probably love seeing people play music with things that aren’t meant to be instruments. Hell, I’ve even got a series of blog posts about it: Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals. Mind you, only a couple of those feature music being made on things that aren’t instruments at all.
Things like a coffee stir stick, for example.
This video has received over 1.5 million views in the 5 days since it was uploaded, and it’s all thanks to this guy’s uncanny ability to hit just the right note with his stir stick.
Impressive, right? But is it really as it seems? A number of savvy commenters have pointed out a few things that suggest this video could be (or probably is) a sham. Have another look at the video and see if you notice a couple telltale signs:
1) The last few notes he hits, he actually hits lower notes, but shortens the length of the overhang, which would create a higher-pitched note… So it’s kinda physically impossible for him to be hitting the correct notes.
2) Before he starts playing, he hits the space bar on his keyboard, which I didn’t notice until someone pointed it out. Whether he’s just playing along with a pre-recorded version of it, or he added the music later… it’s pretty clear this is kinda fake.
And that’s why I kinda hate when people ruin videos like this with logic. I much preferred thinking it was real, but I feel like a smarter person now for knowing better.
Well, actually I kinda feel like this guy:
Just to illustrate that first point, though, I found a video that shows how the pitch of an item like the stir stick is determined by the length of its overhang:
Though I DID find a version of the Imperial March that was definitely NOT faked. Here’s what it sounds like when played on an array of old 3 1/2″ floppy disk drives:
Ahh yes, doesn’t that bring back memories of computing in the early 90’s?
Anyway, since we’re pretty close to Christmas and already talking about Star Wars, I figured I’d share this awesome Star Wars-themed Christmas light display:
Happy Holidays, and may The Force be with you!