The Vocal Range of D.C. Cooper: (G#1-)B1-F#5(-G#6)





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Published on Jul 27, 2011


DC Cooper is a prominent melodic metal singer best known for his work with Royal Hunt in the 1990s. A high baritone with expansive range on both ends, he has also sung for Silent Force, Amaran's Plight, The Tung Bandits, and a host of other artists in a long career. Beyond his pseudo-operatic, resonant voice, Cooper is notable for his extensive use of head voice in the upper fourth and lower fifth octave, and he generally has a smoother tone in that register than most other singers (compare his highest full-voice notes to those in my Stephen Fredrick and Jonny Lindkvist videos and you'll see what I mean).

With that, let's look at the notes!

0:00—Fry down to G#1 in "Tell Me Why."
0:04—Solid full B1 from the ending of "Message to God."
0:12—A spoken passage from "Heroes" that touches B1.
0:33—Strong C2s from "Sun and Steel."
0:37—Nice C#2s from "New Experiment."
0:45—Sung C#2s from "Goodbye My Ghost."
0:52—Dark singing from "New World Order" that touches on C#2.
1:34—A quick slide up from D2 in "Sun and Steel."
1:48—Quick D2s from "Shattered Dreams."
1:57—Dark, growly D2s from "Theatre of Pain."
2:06—A low harmony from "Forgive Me" that bottoms at E♭2.
2:11—Another low harmony down to E♭2, from "Trilogy: The Blade."
2:32—A low harmony from "Hold On" that culminates in a strong sustained E♭2.
2:46—E2s from "Reflections, Part 1."
3:03—A slide down to E2 from "Iron Hand."
3:13—A low laugh from "We Must Remain" that bottoms at F2.
3:17—Nice singing up to G#4 from "Ride the Storm."
3:30—A fantastic sustained G#4 from "Long Way Home."
3:42—A tremendous passage from "New World Order" that culminates in a G4 with quick trills to G#4.
4:11—Singing up to A4 in "I Promise You."
4:22—Strong singing up to a majestic A4 in "Promised Land."
4:28—A beautiful A4 from "Turning Point."
4:45—A quick B♭4 from "I'll Be There," followed by a sustained G#4.
4:52—Nice B♭4 from "Tell Me Why." You can hear him break into more of a head voice-oriented tone here.
4:57—Good sustained B♭4 from "Six Past The Hour."
5:02—A sustained B♭4, sliding up to B4, from "Three Generations."
5:10—A quick B4 and sustained B♭4 from "New Experiment."
5:16—A tremendous sustained B4 from "Dream."
5:24—Singing up to C5, with a sustained B4, from "New World Order."
5:35—Singing up to a majestic C5 from "Long Way Home."
5:53—A sustained head voice C5 from "Empire of Future."
6:07—A soaring C#5 from "Stay Down."
6:16—Another sustained head voice note, a C#5 from "Broken Wings."
6:28—One of Cooper's most famous notes, an unbelievable C#5 from "Time."
6:39—A climactic D5 from "Valhalla."
6:51—Great singing up to D5 in "New World Order."
7:05—A passage from "Roncesvalles' Day" with several great D5s.
7:46—A line on E♭5 from "In From The Dark."
7:50—A fantastic glissando up to E♭5 from "The Union."
7:57—Cooper's most famous passage—ethereal singing up to E♭5 from "Far Away."
8:27—A glissando up to E5 from "Theatre of Pain."
8:34—A sustained E5 from "Trilogy: The Blade."
8:43—Singing up to E5 in a cover of "The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)"
8:52—Backing F5s from "Easy Living."
8:58—Singing up to F5 in "We Must Remain." This passage really shows how much head voice extends Cooper's range upward.
9:08—A high passage from "Within Yourself" that includes a quick glissando that touches on F#5—Cooper's highest modal note.
9:23—Cooper's famous falsetto B♭5, from "Six Past The Hour."
9:27—A whistle register G6 from "Man & Machine."
9:31—A glissando up to E♭5 in head voice, followed by Cooper's highest overall note, a powerful whistle G#6, from "Iron Hand."

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    • Shadow Gallery
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    • Tyranny
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