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  • Elizabeth and James: Ooh!

  • Umu: Before we jump into the reaction, I'm super hyped to announce that this reaction video is sponsored by Dalcomsoft and their app,

  • Superstar PLEDIS. Stephen: if you haven't heard of this app before, it's a rhythm app featuring over 40 songs from nine

  • K-pop artists from Pledis entertainment. This app is for people of all rhythmic skill levels, and we'd like to demonstrate our two skill levels...

  • Sorry, I didn't know that was gonna be a thing!

  • Stephen: There are three levels of difficulty you can play at. Umu will be demonstrating a bit of the easy level, and I'll play the hard level.

  • Umu: Okay, which one? Okay, I haven't done home yet. Let's do home.

  • Anyway, so what I like about this app is that it kind of

  • encourages

  • you to be on top of the beat, which is really good for classical musicians, Stephen: Yeah. Umu: especially French horn players. Hi, I'm a French horn player.

  • Because our bells are facing the wrong way and

  • we always have to be a little bit early or on top of the beat in order for our sound to bounce off

  • the walls, and then make it to the audience.

  • Stephen: There you go. Umu: Boom!

  • Umu: Wait for it....

  • Stephen: Dab. Umu: Woo! Stephen: Woo!

  • Umu: And then yeah, you can win cards and like,

  • your levels go up, you get boosts. Yeah, yeah, once you collect star cards, they can enhance your bonus points. Stephen: Yeah.

  • Umu: Okay, you ready? Stephen: Yeah, let's do this. All right. Here we go. I'm gonna do the best...I might fail, but...

  • Umu: It's okay.

  • Umu: His fingers are moving so fast!

  • Holy sh*t! Stephen: Yep!

  • Umu: And I barely passed this version doing this technique. Stephen: Yeah, see..ahh, I got almost there. So close! Almost.

  • Stephen: Superstar PLEDIS is free to download for both iOS and Android.

  • So if you want to try the app out we put the link to the app in the description.

  • Umu: With that being said, it is time to move on to the reaction portion of this video.

  • Now you're reacting to the boy group Seventeen, and their song called 'Getting Closer'. 'Getting Closer" is the digital single prologue for Seventeen's

  • 2019 comeback album called 'You Made My Dawn'.

  • The member Joshua said in an interview with Billboard that the song describes how a person feels with the absence of love.

  • The members said that the song reflects the darkness of winter and the darkness before the dawn (as in the title of the new album).

  • The music is composed by Bumzu and the Seventeen members Woozi and Hoshi.

  • Charlotte: Dong?

  • Umu: Dawn, like d-a-w-n. Before our dawn.

  • Kevin: All right, 3,2,1. Getting close.

  • Isaac: Oh, gosh, what was that vacuum? Whooosh! Kevin: Oh, my gosh!

  • Elizabeth: Oh, now there's fire. Okay.

  • James: Love that echo effect.

  • Peyton: Aaughh!!

  • Charlotte: This is not what I expected from them!

  • Charlotte: What?!

  • Seiji: It's kind of quick to start the build up. Stephen: I like it. I could dig it.

  • Both: Ooh!

  • James: That was cool! That was like acapella-y-ish.

  • Fiona: Oh, they're extra like, pew, pew, pew!

  • Lindsey: They're harmonizing, but it's like in the....

  • Fiona: Yeah. And it's not too much going on, it's very,

  • like the people who produced this really selected the sounds they wanted.

  • Elizabeth: That's like the chorus...see, in the verse they were focusing a lot on the auxiliary

  • instruments, and the more rhythmic aspects of the voice, and now in the chorus, it's a lot of like layered chords.

  • Kevin: Man, when you expect it to go crazy, it stays on one note,

  • but when you expected to stay on one note, it goes crazy.

  • Collin: We're covering a lot of ground.

  • Jarod: What was that? Collin: A lot of ground is being covered.

  • Jarod: This is tight. Everything's like, really, really good.

  • Stephen: Wow, that was nice.

  • Sieji: Triplets.

  • Elizabeth: Gotta get that triplet rap in. James: Yep, have to. Elizabeth: It's not K-pop if there isn't a triplet rap.

  • Fiona: That's cool--call and response. I see you.

  • Peyton: I like how hard this bass hits, though.

  • Ahh, that's like such a cool dance move!

  • Fiona: It just... everything's so subtle.

  • Lindsey: Um-hmm.

  • The intricacies. Oh, okay. Fiona: There's that clock ticking.

  • I've been waiting for you. Lindsey: Oh, yeah. Fiona: Yeah, finally.

  • Isaac: Suspension. Kevin: Whoa.

  • Kevin: Yeah, you got that consonant-ish harmony. Isaac: All right.

  • Kevin: And then goes straight into... Isaac: Oh, that's gotta be so much louder.

  • Elizabeth: Yeah, I think it's always really striking when they just use strong bass and like,

  • rhythmic instruments, and then have the main harmonic function come from layering voices. James: Yeah, the voice motifs.

  • Elizabeth: Yeah. Well, and there's just there's so many members of this group that you have the ability to really create lush harmonies.

  • Kevin: Oh my God, that's a G. He just hit a G.

  • Fiona: The vocal range is very broad in this group. Lindsey: Up there.

  • Kevin: Ends on a fourth scale degree. (singing) Isaac: Why is it ending on four? Kevin: That is

  • one of the most suspenseful endings, and yet because it's a four it doesn't sound too...it's not like ending on a five chord,

  • where you're like, oh, man, I wish it resolved. You're like, yeah,

  • somehow that works.

  • Charlotte: What? Peyton: He looks all impressed. He's like, hmm, they like that one.

  • Charlotte: Like, where is Seventeen going?

  • This raises so many questions.

  • Peyton: Yeah. I thought it was really good, just because they kind of kept it moving,

  • you know? I never felt like it was like, alright, I've heard this like eight times already,

  • you know what I mean? Charlotte: I liked the break with just the electronics. Peyton: Yeah, there was kind of like a

  • hip-hop/pop/techno thing, which I think those genres blend very well, if you do it right.

  • They had like a little splash of everything I like, so naturally I liked it.

  • Stephen: I'm a really big fan of a half time hip-hop trap beat.

  • It's really nice just cuz it makes the beat really, really wide. Like everything else going over it sounds twice as fast, so it's really nice to have

  • a really open drum set beat that anchors everything, which is really, really cool,

  • cuz then, like especially when that guy rapping came in, and he did that like,

  • digga-digga-digga, and then just like triplets, which is super, uh...

  • Seiji: Idiomatic. Stephen: Idiomatic for that kind of style. And it's really nice, cuz they have that going on juxtaposed over a really

  • phat groove.

  • Kevin: What did you... Isaac: I thought it was very nice.

  • Every time they have a motif, it just disappears to silence, so it's really nice.

  • And then it's very interesting how they coordinate the dance with that. It's like everything's very energetic and then all of a sudden they abruptly stop,

  • So there's a lot of tension whenever they play the motifs, or when they when they dance it out, or

  • when it's in complete silence. So having that dichotomy was very nice.

  • Kevin : Well, there's an interaction here between the choreography and the music; the music would you know, the drop usually signals the start of a new

  • section, so when the new section starts, very

  • often one of the members would do like a kick, and that's when everyone stands still for bit, even though the music had

  • just started, and I think that interaction, it's almost like a fugue between

  • dance and music. Wow

  • Umu: Can you explain what a fugue is, to those who don't know? Kevin: A fugue literally translates as chase.

  • So, you know usually in music, there's the accompaniments, like the chords, and there's one melody.

  • Well in a fugue, there's no such thing as another voice accompanying one voice.

  • All the voices are intertwining together kind of like knitting or sewing. Isaac: (singing) Kevin: And here, it kind of feels like that,

  • where like, everything's in motion, but then the way they interact is different. Hence, a fugue.

  • Lindsey: I don't know, when I think Seventeen, I think like, happy, and summer, Fiona: Yeah. Lindsey: and stuff like that, but this was just so badass.

  • I liked this. I liked it. I liked it a lot. Fiona: It was so pristine.

  • Everything was so clean--all the background sounds and the vocals.

  • It didn't have a lot of excess, but what it did have, like the vocal line,

  • it had so much thickness to it, with all the other voices coming in at the same time. It was very uncluttered,

  • and that would made it so

  • professional sounding.

  • Jarod: Yeah, I thought they...I think Seventeen has a really cool composite group sound,

  • because it's like when they're all singing it kind of sounds like one voice, or achieves the affect how with some singers will like,

  • use Autotune to kind of add some extra chordal or whatever to their singing. It's like that, except

  • it's actual people. Collin: Yeah, I thought...I actually, I really hated it at first, and then now it's super interesting.

  • I do not hate it. Well, cuz I thought it was just gonna be like, a wannabe like American rap song.

  • Which, American rap is like just kind of bad in general--the mainstream stuff.

  • But point being like - I can't believe I'm about to use this comparison -

  • but it was like different shades of the same color, and it all made sense.

  • But this sounds were different and distinct in themselves, right?

  • There was like a gun cocking, that was used well for like 15 seconds. Jarod: (making gunshot sound) Collin: It was like (mimicking gun cocking sound).

  • It's like what? Yeah, that was well-composed. Like, who knows how to do that sh*t? Jarod: These guys.

  • Collin: Apparently. Umu: Woozi and Hoshi.

  • Elizabeth: Ooh, that's so interesting. They just did the chorus like once, and then pffft. James: Yeah. Elizabeth: They didn't like repeat it a million times. James: And it was like a bridge.

  • It was like a bridge, a clear bridge, and then it led to like...would you consider that its own section? That dubsteppy like...

  • ELizabeth: I think it's still part of the bridge James: You think it's still part of the bridge? ELizabeth: because I think the bridge is the most

  • flexible portion of a song, so I think you can make it as short or as long as you want. Like it can be one

  • or two measures, or it can be a couple minutes,

  • depending on what you want, and you can do more than one sections in the bridge, I think, so... James: It's a broken bridge though.

  • Elizabeth: Yeah, well, I think they had the sort of like melodic harmonic portion of the bridge, which was where

  • they were still singing, and then

  • James: Yeah, when everything dropped out. Elizabeth: for the sake of the music video and because they have so many members and can do like really interesting dance moves,

  • I think they chose for the video's sake to have like an extended

  • rhythmic section James: Yeah. Elizabeth: in the bridge where they could showcase the dancing, which was awesome.

  • Elizabeth: It's a good song to put on at a club. James: Yeah. I don't like to dance, but I would dance to that.

  • Not well

  • But I would dance to that. Elizabeth: If you're interested in challenging your rhythm skills and your fast reflexes

  • James: Don't forget to check out the link in the description to the Superstar PLEDIS app.

  • Umu: AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

  • Hello everyone, I'm Umu, React to the K channel creator, and I'd like to thank you for watching this video.

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Elizabeth and James: Ooh!

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Classical Musicians React: Seventeen 'Getting Closer'

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    莊詠婷 posted on 2020/02/22
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