44 Min Released Mar 16, 2015

09. A Cappella Dreams

A cappella, Italian for in the style of the church, refers to music for unaccompanied voices. Just a decade ago it was nowhere near the radio dial. Now it’s everywhere: college campuses, Hollywood blockbusters, prime time reality television, and the Grammys. A cappella hasn’t been this big since Gregorian chant. Why has a cappella returned with such a vengeance? We try to find out why in this four part episode.

[Introduction]
The Tallis Scholars – Missa Brevis: Kyrie
Middlesex A Cappella – Sound of Silence
Pentatonix – Daft Punk

[Act 1: Undercover Barbershop, featuring journalist Kevin Roose]
Buffalo Bills Barbershop Quartet – The Only Girl In The World
Dion & The Belmonts – I Wonder Why
Barbershoptags.com – I Love to Sing ‘Em
The Barbershop Singers – My Wild Irish Rose
Buffalo Bills – As Time Goes By
Vocal Spectrum – When I See An Elephant Fly
OC Times – Come Fly With Me

[Act 2: How To Become A Youtube Star In 3 Easy Steps, featuring musician Matthias Harris]
Halestorm – Bad Romance (Lady Gaga cover)
Matthias Harris – Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye a cappella arrangement)
The Stiff Dylands – Ultraviolet
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
Mike Tompkins – Teenage Dream & Just The Way You Are (Katy Perry a cappella arrangement)
Matthias Harris – Boyfriend (Justin Bieber arrangement)
Matthias Harris – Home

[Act 3: Sing On / Sing Off featuring Manjula Raman from Element]
Element – Royals (Lorde a cappella arrangement)
Element – Raise Your Glass (Pink a cappella arrangement)

[Act 4: A New Golden Era]
Pentatonix – Daft Punk

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