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mountain dew insimination - 2008-12-28

"On Moreschi, critical opinion varies between those who think him mediocre and only interesting as an historical record of the castrato voice, and others who regard him as a fine singer, judged on the practice and taste of his own time."

GIVE THE KID A BREAK. I bet this still goes on somewhere.

boba. - 2008-12-28



mountain dew insimination - 2008-12-28


*mans Santa outfit, arms incendiary device*

Meerkat - 2008-12-28

Klaus Nomi he ain't.

Timothy A. Bear - 2008-12-28

DOES NOT replicate the beautiful singing voice of a woman. DOES sound like some guy with his junk cut off.

-God bless him.

UnderANeonHalo - 2008-12-28

I'm always tickled by the lengths that men have gone to to exclude women from things.

Desidiosus - 2008-12-28

Couldn't you just achieve the same effect with a clothespin?

CornOnTheCabre - 2008-12-28

i love castrati. wish theyd make a comeback.

CornOnTheCabre - 2008-12-28

whoops didnt mean to reply to this

cognitivedissonance - 2008-12-28

This was recorded by an American from Edison's firm, and instead of recording in a proper studio, they just set up the recording apparatus (this was before microphones, so Moreschi literally had to sing as loud as possible into a hole in a box two inches from his mouth) IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL. His foul performance can be blamed on lack of preparation, the unusual recording techniques and being hurried, but it still sounds a little strange.

Castrati were not supposed to replicate female singers. They were admired for their etherial, "third gender" quality. I say "overrated".

Syd Midnight - 2008-12-28

I figgered it was because churches love children's choirs, and this was a way to keep a talented boy singing soprano the rest of his life. So it wouldn't be emulating a woman, but a little boy.

Frank Rizzo - 2008-12-28

holy shit the wikipedia article on castrati.

I had no idea they were neutered as children.... jesus christ.

a flaming monkey - 2008-12-28

that's what the word castrati means.

Frank Rizzo - 2008-12-28

really? no shit? I had no idea after reading up on castrati

a flaming monkey - 2008-12-28

Well, I thought it would have been kind of obvious in the first place, numb nuts. Geez.

TheDevilsDictionary - 2008-12-28

I don't know about the historical accuracy, but Ann Rice's Cry to Heaven is all about these dudes. It's pretty nuts. (ba-dun-ching)

frau_eva - 2008-12-29

As another story about how fucked up Anne Rice is, when her son came out as gay to her, she gave him her book about castrati and told him it would have everything he would need to know. Yeah.

atheistgirl - 2008-12-28

Because they had their nuts removed they would grow really tall and stocky.

TheDevil'sWhore - 2008-12-28

Wikipedia claims that this man's voice is pretty close.

Syd Midnight - 2008-12-29

The movie "Orlando" has a pretty good digital simulation.. actually the digital simulations in movies probably sound better than the real thing, there's no way someone could sing that well.

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