My brother, as well as other saxophone playing friends will probably enjoy this one. This guy’s name is Alex Mathias and he’s combined some of my favorite qualities of recent acapella music and other groups of layers upon layers or audio work to create a very complex arrangement of a song by one artist. The first artist that comes to mind that does this is Mike Tompkins, but also frequently done by one of my other favorite groups, Pomplamoose.
Instead of putting it all together with his voice or different instruments, Alex does it all with saxophones. All sounds in the recording are done in some way with a saxophone. He calls is Saxapella.
The basic premise is that I play cover songs of popular music, including Somebody I Used To Know and Thriller but solely using multiple saxophones – between 30 and 40 tracks of saxophones. I also create drum sounds just using key noises and breath noises through the sax. It is a very unique project and the videos are very funny. Here is the link to Thriller, where I even create ‘howling’ sounds with the saxophone:
Here’s a video of him performing Michael Jackson’s classic horror hit, Thriller: