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This Man's A Cappella Rendition of the THX Logo Theme Will Take You Back to a Long Time Ago...

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Before the InceptionBwomp,” the THX “Deep Note” was the most recognizable and inscrutable sound in cinema. For its 35th anniversary, THX released the official sheet music for that warm wall of sound—so now it’s time for the internet to take a crack at recreating it. Everyone is going to have a hard time doing a better job than this dude and his vocal chords.

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Saying that THX dropped the sheet music for its theme sound kind of undersells what that sheet music looks like:

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“Deep Note” is more like the mindboggling notation of avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis than Johann Sebastian Bach. It’s an instructional guide with a bit of chance thrown in. Anyone trying to recreate it on a synthesizer will get pretty close, but we already have that version. It’s time for YouTubers of the world to break out the kazoos, vuvuzelas, and banjos.

Until we get some really weird THX interpretations, Mach Kobayashi has done a fine job of hitting each voice in the score, split-screening himself into a choir, and adding a more human feel to the sound that says quality.

[Mach Kobayashi via Reddit]

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Rampage_Rick
Rampage_Rick

Fun fact: the computer code used to create the original THX Deep Note back in 1983 randomly generated a different version each time it was run. It took several attempts to get the version we know and love. Then, they lost that version for a while and almost generated yet another version.

https://www.fastcodesign.com/3027361/the-story-behind-the-thx-deep-note

The actual code used to create the note was only about 350 lines. The oft-quoted 20k lines of code includes the software to run the 6-foot rack of digital audio gear.