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Pachelbel, in the Key of Rock September 23, 2007

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Odds and Ends.
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Recently, my RSS news feed included a curious article on the New York Times’ Screens Blog about a musician called “funtwo”, who’s apparently shot to fame on Youtube for playing a mean guitar. As it stands to reason that Youtube probably has its fair share of videos featuring wicked guitar solos, it suffices to say that my interest was piqued.

A quick search later and I had the video playing in front of me. The first few bars began in a sort of “ho-hum” fashion, and then…well, it has to be seen to be believed.

As of this writing it’s already pushing twenty-nine million views on the video-sharing site. Interestingly, what first came to mind as I watched it was that this is precisely the sort of thing that J-pop artists would probably venture into. It turns out I was only slightly off: the talented funtwo is actually Korean, while Jerry C., the progenitor of the “Canon Rock” movement, is Taiwanese.

All the same, it’s truly amazing stuff regardless of one’s musical inclinations. Those sufficiently enamored with the performance may also want to read an older article about it, which in addition offers an enlightening discussion on the origins of Canon Rock.

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1. Rudy Neeser - October 3, 2007

Oh wow, that’s really cool. I landed up watching that vid multiple times.

2. Brian L. Belen - October 3, 2007

It has that effect on me, too. Every couple of days I come back and click on the darn thing and I’m still amazed.


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