Personally, I find acapella singing incredibly goofy, but that's probably because I don't have whatever level of confidence you need to make drum sounds with your mouth. Acapella super star Mike Tompkins has got a whole lot of that secret ingredient, plus a talent for giving the people what they want.
This Christmas, he's giving us the soundtrack written by famous composer John Williams for Home Alone. It's funny that I rarely think of this soundtrack at all, but as soon as I hit play I sighed, "Ahhh, this is what the holidays sound like." Weird how music infiltrates your brain.
Let Tompkins bring that nostalgic magic to you, with just thousands of instrumental mouth sounds (in a cool, vaguely ASMR way... Not in a disgusting, someone-chewing-if-your-ear way):
Yup, that definitely sounds like music!
Most live acapella groups are pretty accomplished at layering sounds to sound like a band, but Tompkins creations require a little technological assistance. In a behind the scenes exposé, you can see him working with literally hundreds and hundreds of tracks to make his unique sound.
He also shared a glimpse into what it's like to do all this work:
Tompkins has been doing this for years, and has a huge following of a capella enthusiasts. This is truly the golden age of not playing instruments, which makes you realize just how talentless you are; you know, you're like "Wow, I am not musically inclined so I can't play an instrument! I'll just use my voice!" Only then you realize that as hard as using an instrument is, it's about a million times harder to create music not using instruments, and you're back at square one.
Thanks for the holiday cheer, Tompkins, and for introducing me to a YouTube world I had never yet dared to enter. I might like acapella now?!
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