What’s the difference between music of the 1770s and music of the 1970s? According to The Piano Guys, just enough to create a really fantastic mash-up. And so they did.
The group’s latest music video, released on YouTube Tuesday, is the most psychedelic throwback yet to grace the interweb.
Titled “What if the 1770s collided with the 1970s? – ‘I Want You Bach,’” the four-minute video features the alter-egos of musicians Jon Schmidt (“Duke Johann van Keymeister” and “Phil”) and Steven Sharp Nelson (“Sir Reginald von Sharp” and “Scooby”) in a Bach and Jackson 5 mash-up that will make you wonder why the two centuries never met before.
Here’s what The Piano Guys had to say about their inspiration:
“What if the harpsichord from the 1770s hit headlong into the talk box from 1970s? What if J.S. Bach and Jackson 5 met up and just jammed? Would they jive? Can you dig it? These are the kind of far out questions we asked ourselves as we laid down these licks and cut this film. We decided to put together a gig with two wigs in dandy attire and two hep-cats in some funkadelic threads to see if it would fly. … Presenting … ‘I Want You Bach’ – Jackson 5’s funky ‘I Want You Back’ mashed-up with 5 illustrious themes written by J.S. Bach.”
The video was filmed at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City, with costumes, props and stage effects provided by the venue. The Piano Guys’ Al van der Beek worked with Sharp and Schmidt to write and produce the arrangement, and provided vocal textures and percussion for performance.
The rest of the magic comes from Schmidt on the piano and harpsichord and Nelson, who tackled Baroque cello, talk box, electric cello, cello percussion and vocal textures in the video.
Though the video just barely went live online, it’s already receiving rave reviews from fans.
YouTuber A Arawr posted, “Why aren’t you in Vegas already?”
Britney Ruotolo agreed. “I never knew a harpsichord could sound so hip,” she commented.
“That was INCREDIBLE!” posted TheYenyC. “You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful videos. Love it!”
Check out the magic for yourself by clicking the video above, or, for mobile users, by following this link.