“Game of Thrones” to shake the floor

In honor of the season ender of “Game of Thrones” (which we haven’t watched yet…it airs on Portuguese TV tomorrow night), here is a floor-shaking cover of the theme song. It features 23 players on 32 low brass instruments, including:

  • 11 bass trombones
  • 6 contrabass trombones
  • 6 tenor trombones
  • 6 tubas
  • 3 cimbassos

Brass lovers will be grinning widely, especially if they put this on a system with a good subwoofer. Blaaaat!

According to musician Andrew Bove, this two-minute piece almost didn’t happen:

A few New York City low brass players were joking around at a gig a year ago, talking about how much fun it would be fun to record an arrangement of some cool piece of music with an "extra low" low brass section. (Meaning: an extra special amount of bass trombone players, along with a tuba and a few tenor trombones.) An epic piece of music like the Game of Thrones theme would be perfect for this.

The idea almost never got off the ground, due to the expected difficulties in putting something like this together. Two weeks ago, with the current Game of Thrones season coming to a close and the deadline approaching to release this track, they realized there was actually a 90 min timeslot on a random Tuesday afternoon when 6 contrabass trombone players were all going to be free at once. It was time to do it. Once you get six Contra players in one place, you either run away fast β€” or join in. Seventeen other top orchestral and commercial NYC low brass players joined them, bringing the ensemble to 23 players, and this is the result.

Via iO9, which also posted this fabulous cover from the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. It would never have occurred to me to convert Game of Thrones to Dixieland jazz, but — it works!

(I think Tyrion would love this version. Tywin, on the other hand, would not approve.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to “Game of Thrones” to shake the floor

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    Not to spoil any endings or anything, but I heard that somebody *died* on that show. Maybe more than one person. And that it was *messy*. That is the sum total of my knowledge of GoT. Oh wait: “Stabby stabby stabby stabby, um, sexy sexy sexy, stabby stabby stabby, beautiful, beautiful language.” Thank you, Peter Dinklage. πŸ˜‰


  2. xenatuba says:

    OK, I could only get through a couple of episodes of the beginning of GoT, and haven’t seen another show. That said, those two videos were awesome. That had to be almost every contrabass trombone in captivity right there, and when you add the cimbassi to the mix, well. I was sorely disapointed that there was only one BAT* there…but then I guess Thrones = Trombones and not tubas.

    *Big Ass Tuba.

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