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  • Welcome,

  • to another episode of TwoSet Violin!

  • So some of you have requested us to react to this uh,

  • TV show remake of the very, very famous

  • musical battle scene from...

  • - ...閃光少女(Our Shining Days). - Yeah.

  • Many of you probably have seen us react to the original.

  • But now, we have a remade version!

  • Yeah!

  • I guess because it was so popular,

  • and also they must have seen our videos and thought,

  • - "Damn...let's fix all the problems!" - "Let's fix all the problems, alright!"

  • Is this new version better or worse,

  • from a musician point of view?

  • That's what we're here to find out today.

  • I think this girl must have been watching

  • some sacrilegious people,

  • because compared to the original recording,

  • in the movie version...

  • Her tempo is much faster.

  • But she played a wrong note!

  • (both) OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

  • It's not even the actress, I'm guessing this,

  • - they must've done a studio recording. - Yeah.

  • So whoever they hired...

  • - ...to record the soundtrack... - Didn't do it properly either.

  • And they didn't pick up on the...

  • ...the bass sound, right?

  • She played...

  • That was a sacrilegious musician move.

  • But it's more like they didn't even check.

  • They're like, "Yeah, it sounds like a harp."

  • I mean, put some context, imagine if I play, like uh...

  • You guys all know Meditation, right?

  • Yeah.

  • They're like, "Oh yeah!"

  • We would often say it's okay to play a wrong note

  • in a live performance,

  • - because it's a live performance. - It happens!

  • But if you're going to make a studio recording,

  • you want something like a recording or video to be timeless,

  • people can watch it 10, 20 years from now.

  • You don't have to rerecord it,

  • - just get the sound engineer to splice in the right note. - Yeah, yeah... *snickers*

  • (both) Anyway.

  • - I do like the quicker phrasing though. It's nice...yeah. - Yes. It's nice.

  • Thought I'd throw in a compliment.

  • The school looks more modern.

  • I'm glad they have like...

  • Plants...

  • Plants, to make...you know, freshen up the air there.

  • Oh!

  • What just happened there?

  • Oh no...!

  • It was like a...

  • Whatever the drum was, plus uh...

  • ...like a electric keyboard, and you see a bass,

  • and a pipa... *snickers*

  • Why did they get the instruments to play

  • - when it's the background music? - Exactly.

  • Yeah, 'cause the school principal's just gonna let you...

  • ...flick a coin right in front of him,

  • and his esteemed visitors.

  • Hey, hey, hey, hey!

  • 'Cause Brett played at the G20

  • - in front of 20 of the world leaders, right? - Oh yeah...yeah, yeah, yeah.

  • You should've just flipped the coin in front of their face.

  • *laughs*

  • - Have a...music battle! - Ohh...!

  • Bang!!!

  • - Dude, you'll get deported. - *chuckles*

  • Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • No..........!

  • At least they got that string crossing,

  • kind of action, right though.

  • But they're just going...

  • Obviously, they picked a more, I guess,

  • relevant piece, Vivaldi Summer,

  • compared to the...Flight of the Bumblebee.

  • As a string player, it's also much easier to play,

  • and easy to fake,

  • - 'cause there's a lot of open strings, right? - Mm-hmm.

  • Rimsky-Korsakov has a lot...

  • ... left-hand action. This one's actually just...

  • - It's open string, right? - Yeah.

  • But they should have taken advantage of that.

  • You see the violinist going...

  • Yeah...! *laughs*

  • She's thereshe's moving her fingers when

  • - she doesn't actually need to...! - You don't need to move that much!

  • - Change the camera shot, you would've been good! - Yeah.

  • I was pretty impressed they actually got the...

  • - ...the note change, they did a little flick. - They did do that. But

  • Even though it was on the wrong string, but hey.

  • It's just this main girl in the front.

  • Her left hand's doing some weird stuff.

  • - Like it's in second...second-and-a-half position. - It's like in an awkward second-and-a-half...

  • And she's doing like some weird wiggly thing.

  • - It looks like she's squeezing. - G—D string?

  • *laughs*

  • Here.

  • But the guy before got it, right?

  • It's not timed right,

  • but at least he's doing an upward scale.

  • Probably an actual musician,

  • - they just didn't cut it properly. - Yeah.

  • Can I just say, those cellos look really spray-painted.

  • One interesting thing I've noticed,

  • this will resemble more like if you were just there

  • listening to the performance,

  • but the original version,

  • when the camera zoomed into the Chinese instrument,

  • the arrangement will bring out that instrument's voice.

  • Flutes.

  • Chinese versions,

  • so now you can hear the contrast with

  • modern and Chinese flutes.

  • Even though it's not necessarily realistic,

  • - it's very interesting... - I think it's cool if someone's watching it

  • - doesn't know anything about it, - Yeah.

  • so they can know what they're looking

  • and what they're hearing. But this new one,

  • I think it's more like what you would hear

  • - in a performance. - Yeah.

  • How do you lose...?

  • How do you compare those two and how do you lose?

  • It's actually very hard to depict conflict in music.

  • When we wrote our concerto battle,

  • it was actually quite tricky.

  • The way we have to weave the music in and out...

  • Because it's got to make

  • - The music has to make sense. - Yes.

  • The thing with this arrangement is,

  • there's no actual fighting for dominance.

  • Yeah, it's kind of just like putting two music together.

  • - It's just an ensemble. - It's just ensemble playing.

  • - No one's really trying to take over the other person. - Yeah.

  • - The violins weren't even sounding there! - I know!

  • *laughs*

  • - There's no violin sound there! - I know!

  • - It's like Chinese instruments only. - Yeah.

  • - And she's on the E string. - Dude, look at all the...

  • If anything, it should be on the G string.

  • Her hand is also very awkward.

  • - Maybe the third one in the back looks a little bit better. - Yeah, the third one.

  • - It's like they put the better musicians at the back. - Yeah.

  • - Interesting cut... - ...choice.

  • Yeah, I'm not so sure about that cut.

  • - Because it's like, that's the same piece! - It is.

  • But they still manage to cut, you know...

  • F up the cut.

  • Wait!

  • Is that Winter?

  • Well that's why, they cut from Summer to Winter!

  • Which is different keys!

  • They thought like a random chromatic descending scale's—

  • I'm really sure the person who did this

  • didn't really have a...

  • - Yeah... - Any idea of harmonic progression...

  • - ...whatever you call it. - You need a pivot chord!

  • - Yeah. - Or if it was Schubert, at least a pivot note.

  • Not sure that random trill there would suffice

  • Was it enough to go...

  • - Dude, even like jazz has some rules around this. - Yeah.

  • - Adding some counterpoint thing...yeah. - Embellishments.

  • - Interesting. - Nice.

  • Was that just another change?

  • I don't know if this is a famous Chinese tune or not,

  • - but harmonically it didn't work. - Didn't make sense, yeah.

  • In a musical battle, you have 2 aims.

  • One, to make it sound good,

  • - but other, to depict the conflict. - Yes.

  • Realistically, as realistically as possible.

  • So, the sounding good part, they f***ed [up].

  • - They messed it up... - Yeah... *snickers*

  • - Because, harmonically, it was not... - Yeah...

  • ...quite a good transition.

  • The movie version was harmonically more...

  • - ...cohesive. - It made sense.

  • - It's more forgivable when you write the music, - Yeah.

  • you just kinda go, "Oh, okay, it could go there."

  • Even if you were to say like

  • the whole conflict version, alright,

  • this guy on the Chinese instrument side

  • comes with a different melody,

  • what, the classical side just shifts harmony

  • - to fit him as well? - Yeah, it's like...

  • And it doesn't even really fit.

  • It sounds like they haven't—

  • They didn't decide, which one to commit to.

  • - This is... - A bit all over the place.

  • But anyway.

  • *shriek* *laughs*

  • Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh, alright.

  • That was...

  • So many things that I would love to discuss.

  • - First of all... - Oh man!

  • there's an orchestra playing the corridor,

  • I am yelling out instructions from a practice room

  • 20 meters down the hallway,

  • - Yeah, they're totally gonna hear you, right? - Let's just say,

  • everyone has some earpiece in.

  • " N O W ! ! ! "

  • Second of all,

  • from a plot perspective, he made it sound like

  • they're trying to find an opening.

  • - In the music, to cut it back in. - To cut, yeah.

  • Except musically, if you listen to what happened...

  • They just played the actual Vivaldi

  • - how it's meant to be. - Yeah.

  • They just went louder.

  • - They didn't really...yeah. - Go somewhere else.

  • Here's an excerpt from our concerto battle,

  • to kinda illustrate what we think would be

  • more realistically

  • - musically, trying to dominate. - Take over.

  • I took over from his B flat...

  • He took over.

  • I took over just then, with the G...

  • - ...aggressively, to Lalo. And then... - Going to Lalo.

  • I'm waiting for my opportunity...

  • I find the opening...

  • - Wieniawski comes in. - Yes.

  • We're actually trying to find musical openings...

  • ...to take over.

  • Whereas in this one,

  • - They literally just went like... - They're just...

  • "Oh! Take over!"

  • Yeah.

  • The music didn't fit the context

  • - out of what you're trying to do. - Yeah.

  • And I get it, it's a TV show, they don't really care.

  • There's so much missed opportunity!

  • - Musically...! Agh..! - Great art, and just fun.

  • Did they try and take over just then? Or...

  • But even if they were, that was like...

  • - It just sounds... - Random as hell.

  • Don't know if this is like a Chinese piece,

  • - that's meant to sound like that, - That's true.

  • But it sounds really dissonant.

  • The beauty of this challenge is...

  • - Trying to... - ...interweaving in and out.

  • And if you're just both gonna play different things

  • and be dissonant, you might as well just play

  • - 2 different pieces at the same time and be dissonant. - Yeah.

  • It's like they disregarded both again,

  • - They didn't commit to one or the other. - Yeah.

  • You know...

  • I'm just going to give them the benefit of the doubt,

  • and be like,

  • that's what the Chinese piece could've sounded like.

  • Yeah, I want to say that as well.