Mimicry To Money

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Mimicry To Money

Here’s follow-up to my post “Comedy to Cash“, where I did a mock NPR show and was later cast in “This American Life” on NPR…

This time the job came from my learning to do a Vincent Price Impression for Halloween.

The impression came in handy when I got an audition for Luna Park in Sydney. Here’s the finished spot:

… and here’s my impression of Vincent Price from “Thriller”

      JoeActor_VincentPrice_Impression_Thriller

Happy Halloween!
Joe

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Ban Ki-moon Tune!

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Ban Ki-moon Tune!

Even an incomplete project can be a fertile testing grounds for growing new skills and fostering creativity. Here’s just one recent example from Joe’s Dump…

Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, didn’t have a song!
I couldn’t believe nobody had made one. Seemed like a shoe-in for a viral hit 😉

So, I created one for him – a parody of Herman’s Hermits “I’m Into Something Good”:

      Ban Ki-moon Tune! (Joe J Thomas)

Sometimes my initial goal gets expanded and leads to a more complicated project.
This time, I though I’d make a music video featuring a cartoon version of Ban Ki-moon!
Ambitious considering my level as an animator and the limitations of the software.

In the end, the video never came together… but I did learn some very valuable techniques for future projects:
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Strange Music

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Strange Music

Music can connect on a deep level with us. And getting a song out to the masses today seems easy, even though the competition is greater.

Back in the days of pressed vinyl, you’d need some chops, some luck, and a lot of work to get an album made. That’s why when I stumbled on some rare music years ago, I squirreled it away – not knowing when I’d use it, but just because it seemed special.

The site it came from was called “Belly Bongo”, and was up from 2004 to 2007. Whoever ran the site decided to take some rare albums and upload them for all to enjoy.
(You can still see the remnants of Belly Bongo by clicking here to visit it on the Internet Archive)

Below are eight (8) samples from a variety of albums. Standard songs with beautiful voices, ballads, jazz, and my personal fave “The Polyphonics”… an all Harmonica group.

Some links to additional info are there too – Give a listen!

Artist: Aidan McNally and his Aidanaires
Album: At The Burmudiana Hotel
Released: 1960’s?
Song: Crystal Caves
(click for more info)
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Henderson and Havner: episode 16!

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Henderson and Havner, episode 16 – “Stars and Garters”

Henderson and Havner


In today’s episode:
Henderson pleads his case to Captain and Chiefy while Havner gets cozy with the consul! Will Henderson convince Captain and Chiefy? Will Havner entice Sparks? How many questions can we fit in to the season two finale episode blurb??

Listen to episode 16 of this exclusive series from Pendant Productions:

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Henderson and Havner: episode 15!

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Henderson and Havner, episode 15 – “Second Chances”

Henderson and Havner


In today’s episode:
Henderson pleads his case to Captain and Chiefy while Havner gets cozy with the consul!

Listen to episode 15 of this exclusive series from Pendant Productions:

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Henderson and Havner: episode 14!

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Henderson and Havner, episode 14 – “Crime and Love”

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In today’s episode:
It’s a chase through Los Angeles, and sometimes it feels like every person in town is a cop or a reporter!

Listen to episode 14 of this exclusive series from Pendant Productions:

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Henderson and Havner: episode 13!

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Henderson and Havner, episode 13 – “A Second First Date”

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In today’s episode:
H and H regroup, but Captain and Chiefy overhear and the game is afoot!

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Price of Horror

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Price of Horror

Vincent Price

Every fall, auditions for Halloween and Christmas voices are certain to stream in. Although I’ve got solid impersonations of Karloff, Lorre, and Lugosi, Vincent Price’s voice had eluded me. This year, I’ve decided to pay homage to the “Master of the Macabre” by imitating his voice from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

I’d had the privilege of seeing Vincent Price in person when I was a teen. He was in the Cleveland area to attend a Sherlock Holmes film festival (featuring Basil Rathbone). After the film, Mr Price did a reading of Poe’s “The Raven”. What an amazing voice and delivery… I was awestruck.

To approach such a unique and memorable voice, I took the time to listen to his original recording of “Thriller” (hear it at the bottom of this post). The audio reveals the many complexities of his voice. Pacing, accent, enunciation, delivery and musicality of the phrases. Add to this his baritone/tenor range, age and the effects of smoking and you’ll begin to hear the many layers involved.

After a few hours of analysis and trial mimicry takes, I felt ready to make my own mix…

Here is my homage to Vincent Price’s voice from “Thriller”:

      JoeActor_VincentPrice_Impression_Thriller

… And here are Vincent Price and Michael Jackson from the original vo recording session, with a bonus verse in the middle:

      Thriller Voice-Over Session (1982) Vincent Price!

Now it’s your turn!

What voices do you do during the holidays? Maybe it’s Santa, elves, or Scrooge. Perhaps some of the Haunted Mansion vo, the Grinch or Charlie Brown.

Let me know in the comments below…

 

All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com

 

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Henderson and Havner: episode 12!

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Henderson and Havner, episode 12 – “Pre-Planning the Pre-Plan”

Henderson and Havner


In today’s episode:
Captain and Chiefy find common ground while H and H scheme to reach the big time!

Listen to episode 12 of this exclusive series from Pendant Productions:

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