Percussionists Create a Unique Rendition of a Classical Masterpiece Using Chair Scratches and Clapping Their Legs

Byvu lita

Jan 8, 2024

Nowadays, making music has been made relatively simple and easy. Computers using special software help musicians create songs.

They also use cool gadgets and tools to record different sounds. They can easily mix and change beats, add effects, and create awesome tunes right at home.

Musicians can collaborate from anywhere in the world using only the internet and messaging applications.

With all these advancements, making music is easier and more creative than ever before!

But technology doesn’t hold a monopoly on creativity.

Creating music before was challenging without today’s technology. Musicians had fewer tools and gadgets.

They had to rely on instruments like pianos, guitars, drums, and their own voices.

Recording music was tough, too – artists used big machines and tapes, making it harder to edit or fix mistakes.

Composing music required writing notes on paper, which took a lot of time and patience.

Collaboration was more difficult because musicians had to be in the same place to work together.

Overall, making music used to be a slower and more manual process compared to the ease and speed that technology offers today.

Then, there’s the whole other world of the body percussionists.

Unlike the usual percussionist, a body percussionist is a musician who creates rhythmic sounds and beats using their body as the instrument.

Instead of traditional musical instruments, they rely on clapping, snapping fingers, stomping feet, patting or slapping various body parts, and other movements to produce rhythmic patterns and sounds.

Body percussionists use their hands, arms, legs, feet, chest, and other body parts to create complex rhythms and beats.

They often combine different techniques and movements to generate a variety of sounds, textures, and musical effects.

Body percussionists can perform solo or as part of an ensemble, adding a unique and engaging layer of rhythm and percussion to musical compositions, performances, or even educational settings to teach rhythm and music in an interactive and accessible way.

Meet the Body Avlaia Group.

This group of talented body percussionists was founded in the dance school Avlaia in Volos, Greece.

One of their most recent performances was their body percussion routine to Chet Faker’s “Gold”.


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But not too long ago, before the pandemic even started, the Body Avlaia Group went viral because of their body percussion routine to “In the Hall of the Mountain King” which they recorded inside a small studio.

According to Wikipedia, “In the Hall of the Mountain King” is actually a piece of orchestral music composed by Edvard Grieg.

It is part of the incidental music he wrote for Henrik Ibsen’s play “Peer Gynt.” The music represents a dramatic scene where the main character, Peer Gynt, sneaks into the hall of the mountain king.

Overall, the music conveys a thrilling and suspenseful atmosphere, depicting Peer Gynt’s perilous encounter with the mystical creatures in their domain.

Close your eyes and listen.

The members started by scratching some folding chairs with their fingers and banging them against the floor.

Soon after, the frame changed and they’re already seated in one line.

They then began slowly producing music by clapping their hands, stomping their feet, snapping their fingers, and hitting their chests and thighs.

As the music progressed, they started to slowly bring the tempo by one notch up.

The music kept intensifying as each member continued the body percussion routine, louder and stronger.

In the latter part of the routine, they put on their A-game by tuning everything up.

It’s so incredibly unbelievable that their music almost sounded like a recording, that’s how good these guys are!

Watch these percussionists use their bodies as living instruments in the video below!

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