It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...

meeeee I waaaaaaant a hoooooooolaa hooooooooop

Hear Chipmunks slowed down! (Thanks, betweenstations!) Hear Ross Bagdasarian sing in three-part harmony! Shudder at Theodore's throaty baritone giggle performed by a grown man! Oh, ain't we got fun.

I remember trying to accomplish this when I was a kid, only I didn't have the patience to slow the record down with my finger. We did have some cassette recorders, though, and I discovered that if you held down the pause button halfway on one as it was rolling, the mechanism used to pause the cassette would actually speed the tape heads up a little bit. This meant you could speed up the playback and make your own wacky Chipmunk songs if you want (hint: make them sing something dirty for extra laffs) -- or, if you held the pause halfway down during recording, you could make SLOOOOW GIAAAAANT VOIIIIIICE. I remember trying to slow down a recording of the Chipmunks by playing it into the fiddled-with tape recorder, but I don't remember results as, well, downright creepy as this.

So who did this particular monstrosity, anyway?
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