05
Oct
07

Jump (in pitch)!

So what happens when you’re Van Halen, the last song in your set list is the million-seller “Jump” with its synthesizer-keyboard opening…and the recording you’re using to play back the synth is accidentally run at 48K instead of 44.1K?

What happens could be this (recorded in Greensboro, NC four days ago):

I can’t tell which is funnier, this long-hated cheesebag-anthem turned into a much more interesting, atonal mess in front of thousands of paying customers or the hilarious soldiering on of the Van Halens as they look at each other from inside the trainwreck. Eddie tries to transpose on the fly and match the wildly fucked up keyboards but the great thing there is the difference in pitch is non-musical – about 1.5 semitones sharp. So there’s no frets he can choose to fix the problem!

I know I’m courting my own on-stage disaster by making fun of this. But so what, it’s not like you’re going to be there to see it.

UPDATE: For a technical discussion of what is going on in this clip, click here.

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5 Responses to “Jump (in pitch)!”


  1. May 19, 2009 at 5:46 am

    HAHAHAH!!! I would just stop playing. Let the keys take the song through to the end :) What a disaster!!

  2. July 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    hahah:) really good:) man

  3. 3 Wendy
    September 11, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Why didn’t they just stop, fix it, and start the songn over?

  4. May 27, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Wow! :) It’s a real disaster! I have reviewed it ten times! I can’t believe it really could happen but I saw this! Cool video. :)


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