Cello Wars: The Phantom Cellist

Masters of the Force display some impressive music skills. Darth included.

This is normally the type of thing I would save for Fridays in the Key of Geek, but it just begged to be heard right now. The Piano Guys have put together an awesome Star Wars parody that features arrangements of the most recognizable Star Wars tunes and puts on display some entertaining and excellent musicianship. There’s also some great cameos and a definite eye towards finer details; see if you can catch them during the video.

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This was the product of a lot of hard work, but don’t take my word for it; here’s what the Piano Guys have to say about the video’s production:

We announced CELLO WARS on September 19, 2011 thinking we’d be able to deliver on our promise within a few weeks. We had NO IDEA. 70 days later, more than 7,000 frames, 72 audio tracks, 24 hours of filming through the night in front of a green screen, the most props and costumes we’ve ever used, several broken bows and strings, and over 1,000 hours of editing and rendering — we felt like we had taken on the entire EMPIRE!

Tel Stewart is THE MAN. He is the reason this worked. He is the man behind the green screen — behind the editing bay — behind all the cool effects. He had to edit every single frame in order to make the light sabers work (a total of over 7,000 frames)! We now have a Piano Guys Hall of Fame and he was recently the first inductee.

Original music composed by the AMAZING John Williams
Arrangement written and produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Steven Sharp Nelson: Electric Cellos/Vocals/Percussion
Al van der Beek: Vocals/percussion
Starring Steven Sharp Nelson and his Doppelganger (Jedi/Sith),
Al van der Beek as Darth Vader
Paul Anderson as Chewbacca

This is seriously some fine work. I love it when good music and geekery come together like this, and I can’t wait to see how they top this.

Robert Hill-Williams
Robert Hill-Williams
Robert Hill-Williams

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The only things Rob has been doing longer than gaming are breathing, sleeping, eating, and reading. RPGs were what made him view games as an experience instead of a distraction, but these days he likes and plays every genre gaming has to offer. Outside of his usual reviews and articles on MTB, you can find Rob on the weekly Mashcast and frequenting Twitter.

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