The sound that connects Stravinsky to Bruno Mars

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It’s an 1980s pop music cliche that dates back to 1910. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO If you listen to the first few seconds of Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” (hint: listen to the Cardi B remix) you’ll hear a sound that immediately creates a sense of 80s hip-hop nostalgia. Yes, Cardi B’s flow is very Roxanne Shante, but the sound that drives that nostalgia home isn’t actually from the 1980s. Robert Fink and the inventor of the Fairlight CMI, Peter Vogel, help me tell the story of the orchestra hit - a sound that was first heard in 1910 at the Paris Opera where the famed 20th century Russian composer Stravinsky debuted his first hit, The Firebird. The video above is, in short, a history of the original orchestra hit sample from The Firebird Suite to the 1982 hit “Planet Rock” to “Finesse.” And as a treat, here’s a playlist of way more songs with orchestra hits than you probably wanted.   Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/estellecaswell/playlist/53plZYDXbG2GooieYDV7fs?si=PnXiBWLjRnWLTO46hY-F_A Fairlight CMI app: Peter Vogel CMI by Peter Vogel Instruments Pty Ltdhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/peter-vogel-cmi/id420212505?mt=8 Robert Fink's paper: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3877522?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents Some songs don't just stick in your head, they change the music world forever. Join Estelle Caswell on a musical journey to discover the stories behind your favorite songs. Check out the entire Vox Earworm playlist here: http://bit.ly/2QCwhMH And follow Vox Earworm on Facebook for more: http://www.facebook.com/VoxEarworm Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H

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xWood4000 : These music explanations are great.

Mark Hatlestad : Fun fact: Stravinsky was born when Brahms was writing symphonies, and died after the Beetles broke up. Thanks for the excellent video!

afro curly girl : Earworm is my favorite show on Vox. This was amazing, thank you.

KAZUO : Lets not forget the most iconic song of them all, Crank Dat Soulja Boy

Cris Blyth : Last night I had some young musicians visiting my studio. I started by showing them this fantastic video - They were intrigued and had their eyes glued. When it got to the Fairlight part they were amazed that this machine existed way before they were born. As they watched, I started removing the dust covers of my equipment.. and the real moment was when I uncovered my CMI and drew their attention with an 'ahem...'. They freaked out.. it was a classic moment. THEN I showed them a floppy disk with the ORCH sample on it... it was indeed a priceless moment. Thank you so much for this great video.

Lashan : So weirdly proud that an instrument made by an Australian literally defined the sound of the 80s. We've invented some good stuff hey?

Sophia Neilsson : This makes my inner music student overwhelmingly happy

Brandon Tha Editor : the BEST use of an orchestral hit is in the use of "Crank Dat" by the legend Souija Boi...

Emilio Doménech : Best show on YouTube. And I'm not that into music anyway, but this is SO good.

Retsam : ... and it was even used in Pokemon Music :D

FinnDoesStuff : Immediately I thought of smooth criminal

C. S. Parker : NWA was talking about the Fab Five Freddy "ahh" sound. Not the orchestra hit. Listen to the damn song.

xisumavoid : Ive also heard the orchestral hits referred to as a "stab" in music production, primarily when its not an actual orchestra but a loud sound with fast attack and short decay! Great video btw, fascinating! well presented :-)

Viswanath Aditham : Is this what Ross Geller used to find his "Sound"?

aishwarya rawat : *who knew Stravinsky was so lit*

Nicolas Santos : YO i was wondering where the first time i heard that orchestra hit, it was freaking jellyfish jam from spongebob

Stand Against the Cartels, End Drug Prohibition : The story could have gone back further as Stravinski wasn't doing anything new with his Orchestra Hit. Earlier composers were using the technique to create high intensity. Verdi's Requiem Dies irae for one which was first performed in 1874. Someone with a thorough background in classical music would add a lot to this story. It's neat to hear that the guy who first sampled an Orchestra Hit described it as "a complete accident" and just happened to have that record nearby. Like a lot of history, a coincidence set it off from there. Everything's a remix.

Tony Lancer : Probably the orchestral hit was most used in the late 80s with New Jack Swing and Hip-Hop. That is orchestral hit heaven right there.

firefoxpie2 : 5:18 that Ashely from Fresh Prince!

Aspie In a Bowtie : More 80s music tech to make a Earworm vid out of: the Yamaha DX-7 synth. That electric piano patch was used to death on every R&B, soft rock, and rock power Ballard in the 80s. Even the Doogie Howssr MD theme song was written with that patch.

Bezalel the Creative : Vox made my conversations with people a lot more interesting.

Keiv Brown : Stravinsky "New Jack Swing" Thanks you!

Tommy Kavounidis : For those wondering Bruno didn't use a CMI for his orchestra hit sample his sounds more like a Korg orchestra hit sample.

The Someawesome : YES EARWORM IS BACK!! Best thing on Vox. Keep them coming!!

Colby Crosby : "I know someone who'd be really interested to see this..." Yeah so would Stevie...

Mickey Paolo Yatar : Dope vid about our history!

Kawsaki : I’m so glad somebody else is talking about the “Orchestra Hit”. I definitely heard it on many songs from my childhood and vividly remember it in the theme song for the show “In Living Color”! I’ve also heard it annoyed the heck out of people by the late 80s lol. Man, Vox! I love how you guys tell history! Kudos 😀

Parker's NBA Videos : 0:20 That song and music video is clearly 90's style!

Rafa Rodhes : Thank you for educating us on music. I love these 💖💖💖

Ringing My Ass dogsTV : damn the last time I heard that sound was in 2007.

MelinaLovesBass : Why would you reference Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite a bunch of times and not even include it on your orchestra hit playlist? Everyone should listen to the original “orchestral hit” and see why it is such a truly great work of art.

Rafael Santos : Haha they were basically doing what every child does when he gets to touch a synth or electric keyboard :p

spelunkerd : Watching Vox is always an eye opening experience. Just like the Bourne movies, there is visual punch, with remarkably short clips, constantly entertaining, in your face. Of course with this one you're talking about music, another dimension. When I think back on the thousands of hours I spent in the classroom, I realize that the old teaching format can never compete....

winds : Kate Bush legend

Gonzalo Quispe : Omg my orchestra is playing the firebird suite!!! When I heard the black and white clip at about the 2 minute mark, I thought it sounded familiar lol!

maja : I can never unhear this now

Dani : is that a touchscreen from 1975??

Monserrat Fallas Madrigal : I love that Kate Bush was featured in this video. Thank you.

Spectrum UK : Keith Sweat - I Want Her is basically the original Bruno Mars - Finesse

The Campfire : That was WAAAAY more interesting than I expected. GREAT video.

geht euchnichtsan : Whoa that Fairlight CMI with pen input was so far ahead of its time. The rhythm that Herbie Hancock programmed sounds like "this is how we do" from the game thou :D

Suleiman Mustafa : Next video should be how a protégé of Grandmaster Flash, the Grand Wizard Theodore, created 'scratching' - the sound made when the record is rubbed back and forth. He discovered the technique by accident as he stopped the record with his hand to hear what his mother was shouting out to him.

Alejo Villarroel : OMG the girl on 5:19 is Tatiana M. Ali who plays Ashley's character in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Ruben de Jong : No mentioning of the guy that introduces Stravinsky is Leonard Bernstein? ok.

Jairo Cuadra : Best series on YouTube.

Ron Reynolds : Now THIS is what these episodes need to be more like. Actual research and explanations. Not like your "fade out" or "rap triplet" videos that weren't very well done. More like this please.

I Don't Care : *@**5:16** "Tatyana Ali". Its Ashley Banks From Fresh Prince.*

Thammarith Likittheerameth : Search 'Firebird scream' on YouTube. You're welcome :)

LARAUJO : I am the Globglogabgalab...