As of this afternoon, if you logged into NPR.org, you’d see my pretty face (in a god awful platinum blond wig) next to Paula’s. Why is my pic on NPR? well-there’s been a lot of media hype about a recent spread on Jacob Cooper‘s TimberBrit. We shot a video two weeks ago that launched slightly before the NPR blurb on All Things Considered.
Here’s a link to the NPR interview – complete with slideshow of Melly, and below is the youtube video.
what’s been amazing to me is the comment threads, we’re even a twittering topic..and on reddit? Various blogs have picked it up, and man, has it sparked a lot of discussion into what ‘opera’ is. It seems we have two audiences commenting, those of the NPR ‘opera must be written by dead guys crowd’, and the real Britney fans who think it’s weird, but somehow have missed the point that this isn’t actually Britney…I’m a little disapointed in that I expected more from the crowd that supported us nearly a year ago…when we packed TWO SHOWS in a row on a Sunday night in Tribeca. So apparently, there are more than nine people willing to pay for it.
Hanging up the wig for the evening, as always, yours in platinum love,
previously on Mellysblog
a beatiful show indeed
For those of you following Melly’s tour of front page Ivy-League newspapers, the New Haven Advocate has a great front page spread on TimberBrit, including a great interview with Jacob Cooper. Not sure why they chose the photos they did, when we provided them with stills from the video performance, which were HOT, but they DID call my singing deranged. Fabulous!
It’s Sunday morning and guess where I’m NOT!!! church!! woo-woo!! Not singing in church this morning has freed me up to meet with a photographer in preparation for my friend Jacob Cooper’s electronic opera based on the lives of Britney and Justin…. I’m Britney, naturally…
Jacob’s idea is taking segments of Justin and Britney’s songs and slowing them down, way down, and re-performing them with live band…. the vocalists are to mimic the mouth movements, consonants, intonation of the slowed down track.. It’s pretty sweet.
In my “research” I’ve had to listen to a lot of Britney, some real time, and a lot slow time, and I came across this video a while ago….Part of why I’m psyched about this project is that it’s forcing me to get comfy with setting up effects racks in Ableton Live, a program that I’m slowly getting comfy with. Because we’re performing these crazy phrases slowed down, we need a lot of chorus, reverb, and other effects in order to keep the lines moving. So give a listen. Despite the fact that her vocals are completely soaked in effects, she still sucks… auto-tune, anyone? Oh, and I admit, did get a little excited when I thought she was actually playing the piano… and then she stood up to sing, and the piano magically kept right on playing….enjoy.