My sisters know more about this band GIRLS’ GENERATION than I do. All I know is they are based in South Korea, there are a thousand members in the band, and they are really popular in Asia.
One day, my sisters were watching their videos and they were really into it. I thought, here’s my chance to get Lil Sis into doing a cover song with me and so said “You guys want to cover this song?” plus a bunch of other things to get them pumped. They agreed. Success! My original plan was to get Big Sis to play guitar, I would drum, and Lil Sis would sing. Then I tried to figure out the chords and discovered it would not make an interesting guitar song unless Big Sis was willing to learn another strumming pattern and I know how we do not like to practice so… out came the synths! I’m pretty sure Lil Sis has never touched a keyboard before. Nevertheless, she picked it up real fast, playing the techno synth and singing at the same time. But some parts proved rather tricky so the techno synth task was delegated to Big Sis and we loaded up a PHIL COLLINS pad for Lil Sis to play as filler. And then I had a great idea: Girls b-bring the vocoder out!! But I couldn’t find the vocoder machine and, as predicted, we got tired of practicing and abandoned the song. This happened over the winter holidays.
A few weeks later, we finally laid this song to rest even though we didn’t want to do it anymore. See, you can make things happen if you force yourself to do it! I found the vocoder machine and, after overcoming much laziness, set it up. The notes were being triggered by Big Sis’ techno sound machine; although, I can tell you for sure that she wasn’t aware of this. We ended up using the camera with the wide angle lens because we couldn’t get a good angle with the other camera. I try not to use this camera for audio recording as it’s not that great and I’ve always been too lazy to figure out how to process the sound to make it decent. But for us, looks was more important than sound so we went with this camera recording. In the end, the vocals came out clearer on this camera than the other one so I was reluctant for nothing.
Compare with the original “The Boys” by 소녀시대 (Girls’ Generation):
Oops my mistake, I thought they used vocoders, but it’s actually just a thousand girls singing.