Gotye - Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra





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Published on Aug 12, 2012

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Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn't resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.

I was directly inspired here by Kutiman's Thru-You project:
Wonderful stuff!

Thankyou to everyone who has responded to Somebody That I Used To Know via YouTube. It's truly amazing!

All audio and video in Somebodies is from the YouTube user videos featured, each of them a cover or parody of Somebody That I Used To Know. No extra sounds were added to the mix, but I used some EQ, filtering, pitch-shifting and time-stretching to make the music.

I avoided using any existing remixes of the song, or any covers from tv talent shows.

As comprehensive and extensive as I tried to be with my downloading of source videos, I know there are many clips that I missed. Tay Zonday's cover for instance, no internet mashup should be without him.

I used KeepVid.com to download the YouTube videos, Ableton Live for audio stretching, pitch-shifting and the initial video editing, and Adobe's After Effects to put the final video together.

Big thanks to Travis Banko for assistance with downloading source videos, and to James Bryans for After Effects tutelage.

Thankyou to Barry for being Barry, and guiding us all.

Thanks to you for listening


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Comments • 4,727

It's been 2 year and I still come back regulary to hear it again. I like to think it is the sound of the internet, like, when the internet community is at its best. Thank you, thank you all.
EXACTLY :) I was trying to put that into words.
Anya Shah
ManaPeerfr it has been four years and this is the second time since the beginning when this came out, that I've listened to this video and song
Terry McNamee
I keep coming back to this too ever since I first discovered it (don't even remember how). Not only did it introduce me to a lot of wonderful singers and musicians I'd never have found otherwise (Pentatonix, Sam Tsui, Tiffany Alvord, and Matthias Harris), but it just made the song so much more amazing than it already was, and showed how many truly creative people there are in the world, and how something like music can unite us all. Not to mention the fact Gotye approved of it, and that the creator of the mashup did such an amazing job of bringing it altogether. Still have to say the best parts are anything with Pentatonix and the union of the Dutch choir with Erock's metal rendition, gives me chills every time.
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+Terry McNamee I know this is an old comment but you seem like you would enjoy the website 'in B Flat'.
Terry McNamee
Yes I did, though I forgot to mention it in how I phrased my comment. And that just proves again what a great musician he is, that he could so seamlessly blend all these versions into something so powerful!
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The Cat
" Pup-pup-pup-pup bling This is ridiculous! Nobody could play a whole guitar by themselves!" xD
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Ricks Americana
+The Cat Nobody except Batman.
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Elizabeth Jessop
I love the way youtube has connected people of such talent! This is amazing
Aslan Khedira Diego
possibly the best edited video on youtube
Ummmmm... no
Pierre St. John
And he edited just in the style of his songs, is an excellent collage of covers, it reminds me 'A Distinctive Sound'. :)
1:10 dat sax
Enzo Mondo
I sometimes come back here to reflect on the careers of some of these YouTubers, how far they've gone in 4 years.
Why don't we have Youtube Orchestras for ALL the greatest songs out there? The ones so moving that thousands of other artists are compelled to make their own versions of them? All mixed together as gloriously, magically as this one was?
Mr Lowlyyouarenice
+scasdasdasd That would be awesome. Someone should get on that
This is absolutely fucking magnificent.
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