Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lindsey Stirling & Pentatonix: Radioactive

This past weekend I was searching for Imagine Dragon’s hit “Radioactive” and I stumbled on a fantastic cover of the song. This collaboration between violinist Lindsey Stirling and the a cappella group Pentatonix provides an excellent interpretation of this post-apocalyptic tune.

I love the harmonies in this version. Pentatonix’s Scott Hoying sings the lead and is joined by Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi on harmony vocals. Avi Kaplan sings the bass parts while Kevin Olusola simultaneously plays the ‘cello while performing as a human beat box. Olusola named the band as a play on the pentatonic scale in music. The scale contains five notes and is used in many musical genres. A “C” pentatonic scale consists of C-D-E-G-A-C.

This is a great recording and Stirling’s and Olusoa’s respective performances on the violin and ‘cello qualify this interpretation of “Radioactive” as being worthy as our Wooden Music Wednesday selection.

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