A year and a half and a million fan requests later and it’s finally here! We love Lindsey Stirling! It feels like we’re family — we started on YouTube around the same time, we “grew up” in the same place, we all LOVE what we do and we’re all REALLY good dancers…except for ThePianoGuys. =)
We chose the theme from “Mission: Impossible” because we thought it would be a great music video to “be ourselves” in — to play off each other, throw in some special effects, a couple “stunts,” and some slapstick! The concept for the song and video began with spy gadgets — we wanted all of them to be string instrument parts! Then how would we pair up graceful, pro-dancer Lindsey and not-so-graceful Steve? =) It was simple. Steve had to carry around his own chair! Then the graceful/not-so-graceful thing contrasted beautifully! When Jon Schmidt (Piano Guy) was cast as the “villain” and donned an eye patch we knew we were on to something…
We composed this arrangement with the story of the video in mind — a tense beginning building up the intrigue, a back-and-forth theme traded between violin and cello implying the partner-agent roles, lasers, the “reveal” moment of Jon, repelling, and the hectic, scrambled ending. We wanted a little more thematic material to work with, so in addition to some original material, we merged Mission: Impossible with the first movement of Mozart’s “Piano Sonata in C” (here is a recording of the original). But, of course, we sped it up, transposed it into A minor and changed the time signature to 5/4! It became Jon’s “villain theme.” And yes, Jon is really playing THAT fast. At the end in order to create a musical feeling of “pandemonium” we wrote the piano part, reversed it and randomized the notes, tweaking them until they clicked. And for you rhythm enthusiasts, at times you’ll hear a 4/4 time signature in the percussion imposed on the 5/4 timing to add to the intrigue and mayhem!
This video was in over its head before we even started filming. We planned a base-jumping scene for the beginning that didn’t end up working out. The restaurant was a last-minute idea that we threw together as an intro. We were concerned that the laser and repelling scenes would also die from over-complicatedness, but thanks to the genius and hard work of Tel Stewart and Paul Anderson we pulled them off!
Thanks also to the Tonaquint Data Center for allowing us to use their facility in getting the cool “Mission: Impossible” feel. Check their website here: http://www.tonaquintdc.com/ and Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tonaquint-Data-Centers-Inc
Thank you also to Benja’s Thai food restaurant http://benjathai.com/ for staying open late so we could get the beginning shots for the video! (Best Thai Food in Southern Utah!)
Last but not least, thank you to Dixie College for letting us film late at The Jeffrey R. Holland building for the shot where Steve throws Lindsey her violin.
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Piano Sonato in C by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart K. 545 first movement
ThePianoGuys Arrangment produced by Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson
Arrangement and original material written by Steven Sharp Nelson, Al van der Beek, Jon Schmidt, and Lindsey Stirling
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studioz
Video produced by Paul Anderson
Filmed & Edited by Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart