Here’s What It Sounds Like When You Remove The Music From ‘We Are The Champions’

These days, auto-tuning songs from less-than-spectacular artists is nothing new. In fact, it’s pretty much expected most of the time.

(Seriously—we’re auto-tuning everything, even the news.)

So what happens when you take it a few steps backward and actually remove everything except the vocals (non auto-tuned, of course)? We’re reluctant to listen to most new artists that way, but lucky for us, Playback.fm’s YouTube channel chose to do just that with Freddie Mercury.

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Amazing Voice Commands Attention

Mercury, of the band Queen, passed away in 1991, but his amazing voice, songs and style continue to capture people’s attention around the world.

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Playback.fm edited four concert films, including a rare recording session of “We Are The Champions,” and synced them to isolated vocals. It simply doesn’t get more a capella than that.

Mercury, whose real name is Farrokh Bulsara, was born in Tanzania in 1946 and studied piano in boarding school in India. He moved to London in the 1960s and befriended multiple musicians, including two of his future bandmates, drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May.

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The Birth Of Queen

After being in two different bands, the Hectics and Ibex, Mercury reunited with Taylor and May and, along with bassist John Deacon, they formed Queen. Some of the band’s most notable songs include “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are The Champions.”

The band went on to win numerous awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Scientists Study Mercury’s Wide Vocal Range

Since Mercury’s death, scientists have gone on to study his incredible vocal range. According to The Daily Mail, the 2016 study of his voice in the Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology used archive recordings and a singer to imitate Mercury’s voice.

Many people believed Mercury’s vocal range to be over four octaves, but the the lead author of the study, Austrian voice scientist Christian Herbst, says his vocal range was ‘normal for a healthy adult—not more, not less.’

Researchers say Mercury was probably a baritone, but sang as a tenor and had incredible control over his vocal production technique.

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One thing’s for sure, Freddie Mercury will continue to be known as one of the greatest singers in Rock and Roll history.

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So Many Epic Works In Queen’s Music Catalogue

Here are the other Queen songs we mentioned, for your listening pleasure:

 

This Man Traveled 10,000 Miles To Dance With 100 Strangers In This Hilarious And Heartwarming Video

One of the greatest things about technology and the internet is the way it can bring people from all countries, cultures and walks of life together.

It’s hard to find a more accurate example of that power than this YouTube video entitled “100 People of Dance.” ProjectOneLife, aka Matt Bray, uploaded “100 People of Dance” as the third and final installment of dance videos from his account, including one titled “Top 100 Places of Dance.”

In “100 People of Dance,” 100 different people dance the same routine to the song “Gone” by JR JR.

The video begins with Bray dancing alone, then more and more people join in from places including parks, bridges, beaches and streets. Bray shows everyone how to do the dance, then they take it from there.

In the nearly four-minute video, day fades to night and night becomes day again as Bray and strangers perform the choreographed routine. Eventually, the dancing strangers do the dance alone before Bray joins larger groups of dancers for a finale.

Bray states in the video description that it “took two months of filming and a month and a half was spent living out on the road driving all around the USA and Canada, I drove a little over 10,000 miles.”

Bray writes that he is thankful to everyone who danced with him and helped him film the video. He writes that he met “so many amazing people, got to see so many friends, it was an experience of a life time.”

Bray writes on his YouTube account that his channel is about “living life to the fullest and having fun.” He says he documents himself having fun with his friends and crossing things off his bucket list.

If making people smile all over the world is part of that bucket list, we’d say he’s accomplished that goal!