Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Batman Theme Song with Real Bat Sounds

European artists Ulrich Seidel, Sándor Seuntjens and Wolter Seuntjens worked together to recreate the 1960s Batman television series theme song (originally composed by Neal Hefti) with real bat noises. To pull it off, they used high-frequency clicks and chirps from bats to replace the classic “Na nananas”.

Bats produce sounds that are not audible to human ears. First these ultrasounds were digitally reduced to frequencies that are audible. Then the different bat-sounds were assigned different keys on a keyboard. On this keyboard – the only real Bat-Organ – Ulrich Seidel played the Batman Theme (Neal Hefti, 1966). The video clip was compiled using footage from Batman (film, 1966), Batman (animated television series, 1992-95), and National Geographic (natgeowild.com).

This is the original intro of that campy Batman TV-series:

Last evening, I was in Jalan Puteri 4/7A in Bandar Puteri, Puchong because AFC Toastmasters Club’s Grace Tan couldn’t make it to the Toastmasters meeting where she was to be the General Evaluator. I went in her place instead and also took the additional role of Evaluator for CC speech #10 delivered by Alan Wong. Although it was a good meeting and I said so – the fact remains that Puchong English Toastmasters started 5 minutes late. Still, I am happy for the club because five guests had expressed interest to sign up. Imagine that! It was the first day of the new 2013-2014 term and they have already netted five new members. Being the only Puchong-based English-speaking club in this expanding suburb has its merits. My score for this meeting: A 7 over 10.

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