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For as long as we can remember, we have wanted to create an arrangement where we would both play on the same harp, at the same time. However, we didn’t want to arbitrarily choose a song, so we put it on the back-burner. One day C went up to K and said “I know what song we should play on one harp!” K immediately replied: “One!” So we knew it was meant to be.   We started working on the logistics – which ended up being more complicated than we expected.

K had to learn how to play backwards (quite a mind teaser) and C had to figure out how to change the pedals for BOTH of our completely different parts. (The pedals change the pitches of the strings – allowing us to change keys or get accidentals) We wanted to utilize the soundboard for percussion, so we started incorporating percussion into C’s part.

We wanted to create some percussion for K’s part, but because she was playing backward, she couldn’t reach the soundboard with her hands. So, we invented the technique of kicking the harp with the instep of the foot. People are often concerned that we’re damaging the harp, but the harp is much stronger than our feet! (Even though we’re 3rd degree black belts in Tae Kwon Do!)

K actually split her foot open while rehearsing this piece and we didn’t notice until there was blood streaming down the soundboard of the harp. Drawing blood made our interpretation even more metal, though. 😉 😉 It was fun to invent new ways to play the harp for this arrangement. We are literally re-inventing our instrument!

We LOVE playing this arrangement at our live shows. And yes, what we’re playing in the video and what you’re hearing is real. No backtracks or overlays. We hope you enjoy listening/watching as much as we enjoy playing! Camille and Kennerly

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  • Lance de Boyle October 8, 2020, 3:43 PM

    So THAT’s what heaven is like.

    Who, besides me, could deserve even to be in their presence?
    One look from them (or just one of them) would make life complete.

    “Welp, I guess that is just about that. Thank you thank you! I’ll just take my Hello Kitty lunch pail and toddle on down the road.”

  • ghostsniper October 8, 2020, 5:24 PM

    I nutted. Twice.

  • Nori October 8, 2020, 7:47 PM

    Hetfield’s Angels.
    Proof that angels really do play the harp.

  • Terry October 8, 2020, 8:25 PM

    And-
    Angels play the guitar as well.

    https://youtu.be/fqfHLsT1b0o

    So much to live for.

  • Lance de Boyle October 8, 2020, 10:11 PM

    @ Terry.
    Imagine the blessing of being her Dad.
    “What did a dope like me do to live with her and to see that smile?”
    [Be so kind as to fix that sentence, Gerard. It sort of slumps in the middle, and it ain’t so hot at the ends, neither.]

  • JoeDaddy October 9, 2020, 2:55 AM

    I likes some pure Harp porn. WowZuh!!

  • Andrew X October 9, 2020, 6:01 AM

    Makes me consider – has anyone ever done an album of serious metal sons done up as melodious acoustics (piano, harp, strings, etc)? Something that would really make the eyebrows go up for people who, let us say, are not necessarily metal freaks? Boy, I think that would really really cool and fascinating.

    Anything like that out there?

  • Sam L. October 9, 2020, 7:07 AM

    I was expecting some Python, Monty, Ltd.! FIE upon thee!!
    FIE, I say!!!11!!

  • Anonymous October 9, 2020, 7:26 AM

    Do they have a version where they are buck nekkid?

  • BillH October 9, 2020, 7:36 AM

    No one can do or say anything that will make me listen to the harp. I didn’t even like it when Harpo played the damn thing.

  • Gordon Scott October 9, 2020, 7:51 AM

    I think it would be difficult to be around those two for a period of time and not believe in telepathy.
    I am mildly ashamed to admit that I didn’t know harps have pedals.

  • Jim October 9, 2020, 9:10 AM

    The musical structure of Metal is pretty much straight up Baroque, but played on loudly amplified “modern” instruments, and mostly, at much faster speeds.

    We all remember Switched On Bach.

    I posit that should Metallica put out an album of Shredding the Classics, it would go Platinum at warp-speed.

    Jim
    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  • Anonymous October 9, 2020, 9:43 AM

    Sorry Jim,
    But Baroque music contains counterpoint (not to mention modulation to other keys), complex structure and in the case of Bach hidden numerological references. “Metal” has a mechanical chord structure of I- V-I little if any counterpoint and in most cases very base lyrics. I’d take Handel and Dryden any day over Metallica.

  • James ONeil October 9, 2020, 10:01 AM

    Tain’t my favorite solo instrument but I definitely applaud their virtuosity.
    Got me thinking how/why the harpsichord and piano evolved from the harp.

  • ghostsniper October 9, 2020, 11:05 AM

    James sed: “Got me thinking how/why the harpsichord and piano evolved from the harp.”
    ======
    It’s right there in word 7.
    Chords.
    You can’t play em on a harp.
    Chords broaden the spectrum.

  • random coolzip October 9, 2020, 11:16 AM

    “…hidden numerological references”
    Coltrane built his music like this too. John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music

  • Jewel October 9, 2020, 1:07 PM

    https://youtu.be/JxY_KfQfoog

    I really enjoyed the girl on girl harp action. I have noticed that classical musicians, mostly women, are all getting much hawter, even as they are even more madly skilled.
    Here’s a young man playing with himself, and yet he never once touches his instrument inappropriately. Enjoy

  • Ackshually October 9, 2020, 1:19 PM

    All nutting aside, Ghost, can’t chords can be played on a harp?
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vbKiLEkWiy4
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-M-OhWMSZq0

  • Anon October 9, 2020, 3:30 PM

    So how do I get in touch with them? I just won $18 million in the lottery and I want to make them both millionaires.

  • Snakepit Kansas October 9, 2020, 6:38 PM

    What a bunch of preverts here! Those two would leave all of your feelings and wallets like a piece of trash, blown about on the parking lot of despair.

  • Nori October 9, 2020, 8:33 PM

    Metal is about taking despair and crushing it into a spiked steel ball of f*ck it,deal with it. It’s LIFE. With bloody doses of reality.

    Andrew X and Jim SND brought up a couple of quite interesting thoughts. Concur,most heartily.

    Metal has always sampled from Classics. Gustav Holst’s “Mars,the Bringer of War” from The Planets Suite intro is Metallica’s “Am I Evil”. Superb.

    Snakepit: yes,we are all preverts,but it’s just too much trouble (and gross) to be a full-fledged pervert,so let’s just kick autocorrectspellcheck in its worthless ass and admire beauty and unexpectedly wonderful music.

  • pkerot October 9, 2020, 11:09 PM

    The one on the left is the pretty one

  • Snakepit Kansas October 10, 2020, 4:32 AM

    Nori,
    Easy Turbo. No more coffee for you after 5PM. The misspelling of “preverts” was intentional. Damn the autospellcorrect, that’s how I’ma gonna spell it.

  • ghostsniper October 10, 2020, 4:43 AM

    @Ackshually: What is a chord, but a fast played arpeggio?
    Anyway, according to that harpist, the player is limited by the number of fingers on each hand as to chord playability. I’d like to see her do a bar chord using 12 fingers.

  • Nori October 10, 2020, 7:58 AM

    BRCC’s Berserker Brew. Highly recommended for metalheads and other preverts.
    💀

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