Ben Folds Composes a Song LIVE for Orchestra In Only 10 Minutes

Ben Folds Composes a Song LIVE for Orchestra In Only 10 Minutes

[applause] Alright, so [applause] OK, so I want you to know we have not
rehearsed anything here, okay? This is all going to be new. The orchestra, actually, has no idea what Ben's going to do. In fact, Ben doesn't know what he's going to do
because he's going to ask you what to do. So a couple of things. I would like from
the audience a key that Ben can work in. [audience shouts out suggestions] Whoa, that's a lot of people. I think I heard an A-minor in there. Okay? Okay A minor. Now could somebody give me a tempo. Do you want here ballad or do you want to hear something more upbeat. [audience: "upbeat"] Pretty universal. Okay now does anybody have a program booklet that has an interesting sentence in it? And because I can't decipher 50 sentences coming at once I'm gonna have some volunteers from the front here… Call out a sentence to me
that's interesting. [audience calls out] I'm sorry, one more time. These new spaces are all designed to be flexible. Yeah, yes. [audience laughter] So, Ben is going to improvise in A minor, an upbeat song on "these new places are designed to be flexible." [applause] It has to be something completely new, right? [plays first 4 notes from Beethoven's 9th] OK [laughter] OK A minor. These new spaces are all … designed … [audience laughing] to be flexible. [laughter] These new spaces are all all designed … to be flexible, flexible, flexible, flexible. Okay let's see, now let's see… [applause] Cellos, let's try, um, Arco go um… [plays piano] [cellos play, correspondingly] Yeah and then just one on the second one. [makes rhythm sounds] Great. Now let's move that down, then the same, the
same thing and we can go to F so so that's, that's the A minor that's and
that's with a 9 on it so [makes rhythm sounds] [makes rhythm sounds] and that's an F, a concert F. The C, G [makes rhythm sounds], 2 there [makes rhythm sounds] and then a low C Eeeee So whole cycles. Okay great, now let's see, uh, Let's do one size fits all sort of thing for the, uh, uh, the winds, reeds let's just take, like, flutes, oboes,
and bassoon, clarinets, and just it just it this can be in whatever octave spread you want and we're gonna go… No, no, let's just make it a harmony we go I'm taking them out. Just, clarinets, two clarinets go E, concert E, and G go… Let me hear that, make sure I don't suck. [laughter] That's it. OK you can let me hear that with the cellos for a moment… 3, 4… Okay that, so when we go to that E we're gonna do that. So the first, the first one is uh, Sorry this takes a second to create a
whole song. [laughter] And I'm gonna take something back
about the cellos, let's just do that one cycle on each one [rhythmic sounds: bum, bum, bum, bum] and yeah [rhythmic sounds: bum, bum, bum, bum] And then, ah Then the clarinets Yeah, so let's try that. Two, three, four Ok this last one of the cycles goes So move that, ah, G up anyone has the G moving up to G sharp Okay great. Now, uh, uh, Okay, uh, violins, first violins let's go, uh, A Great and then the second violins go up… Uh, so you'll go to E. Eeee…B OK, you're going… Great, let's hear it all together, make sure it's not crazy. two, three, four OK, great. Thank you, now, uh.. I'll give the, uh, the viola a little timing sizzle here, just go… one, Great, perfect, and then and then double-basses you know what you must do… [applause] OK, let's start it from the top. Now if there's anyone who would like a drum set you know what to do… [laughter] Um, and, uh, then I'd say, uh, you know if there's a trumpet player that wants to take a solo after the first course when I run out of ideas then you can just jump right in. OK, so let's, uh, and then, you can bring anyone in and out that you want to but I think I'm probably almost over
my time when, I had to write a song in ten minutes so… let's just start in, or close to it. one, two, three, four… For more than 25 years the JFK Center, with the performing arts has served as a living memorial to President Kennedy by bringing an unparalleled diversity to our arts. Our nation's capital… And serving a critical role as a leading provider of the arts education mission across the USA and around the world These new spaces… [laughter] are all designed to be flexible These new spaces are all designed … Let's milk it, make it a little bit
louder now. Mezzo forte. Forte Double forte… double forte Fortissimo. Fivetisimo Let's take it out now, you ready? Way down here… [applause] Thank you very much. [applause] Um, so for those of you that are obviously liking Ben Folds' work… [laughter] Available in the lobby… he will be the next artistic advisor for the National Symphony Orchestra. [applause] Mr. Ben Folds. [applause]

46 thoughts on “Ben Folds Composes a Song LIVE for Orchestra In Only 10 Minutes

  1. This has been in my recommended for almost 2 years and I've been putting off watching it, I don't know why I did. This is actually amazing. When I started the video I was wondering if I was going to write a comment like this or not lol

  2. Was there some guy yelling "Bb Augmented"? Cruel!

  3. Seeing Ben do this live in KCMO was amazing. The whole symphony was having THE best time playing with him. Playing the same things all the time gets boring, ya know?

  4. This video makes me so incredibly happy! Ben Folds is just so cool! And the orchestra is so cool! And wow! I'm so happyyyyy 😀

  5. Ben Folds is so talented, you can see how much of a fan of music he is. See him live if you ever get the chance.

  6. 'Give me a key'
    Oh i left it in my car

  7. Ahhh C'mmon, leave me alone with this just another "4 chord song".
    Okay, instead of G he went E, but still the same familiar sounding BS.
    Clearly it would have helped to work a few more hours to get sth worthy. 😀 Peace.

  8. I heard the word "interesting"

  9. Quit exquisite if I must say

  10. I'd like to see Danny Elfman try that!

  11. For someone that did impromptu the musicians are sure looking at their sheet music a lot

  12. I wanted that trumpet solo!

  13. Genius

  14. Cool

  15. Glorious performance starts @9:54

  16. Not really impressed
    4 chords is not a song
    No thematic development going on
    Circus for the masses

  17. 9:50 minutes insane!!!

  18. Pete Waterman on the Cello there.

  19. "Drum set, you know what to do"
    Drummer – Sits this one out and grabs a beer

  20. i dont know how i ended up here but im not regretting it one bit

  21. the Analog Garageband was like this

  22. Conductor: "Name a key for Ben to work with"
    Audience: "A minor!”
    Musicians: "(Oh thank God)"

  23. "fivetissimo"

  24. Why does this sound like a My Singing Monsters ad?

  25. I got patterns of FL in the head same way :))

  26. love the music, quite dramatic. great seeing the whole process

  27. This reminds me of the video where Elton John used someone's new oven instructions to make a song. Brilliant.

  28. That's the way the music dying. Because of theese musical circus monkeys

  29. Is that Rainn Carvey?

  30. I dont know how I came here but it was incredable. I dont like orchestra music but enkoyed this one. Wow

  31. This is the best “Against The Clock” lol

  32. There's a musician in India who has been doing this for over 40 years. He records two songs per day. He has done 1000+ movies. 30 mins of OST per movie and 5 songs each movie. Yes he has done more than 5000+ songs. He has also done several non-film albums. His name is ilayaraja. Google him.

  33. A genius

  34. the 2nd violin part is amazing

  35. Funny how I watched this yesterday in music class with the teachers and now it’s in my recommended. Glad it is though, it’s amazing

  36. very games of thrones-ish

  37. Why is no one talking about 5:47?

  38. This is legendary

  39. Fivetissimo lol

  40. imagine having talent—

  41. disgusting

  42. 4 years into playing in a concert band, and even I wouldn't be able to instantly play something from a few letters and numbers. Don't get me wrong, I know what he's saying/talking about, but the fact that they can play without something in front of them to even start off with is,, amazing.

  43. This is the musical equivalent of a speed run.

  44. Ben to Drummer: "You know what you have to do"
    Drummer to himself/herself: " Um..ahh.. last time I checked, my majors were music, not telepathy. But I guess I have to just play along with your "dum da dum dum…" on a piano while I am stuck here with 2 sticks and a drum. You sir, are a true genius :|"

  45. I wanted to see the trumpet solo

  46. this feels like fl studio

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