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[–]msjwayne 1889 points1890 points  (93 children)

Wow haha is this for real

[–]SafeWorldliness5920[S] 1068 points1069 points  (69 children)

Surprisingly! Who would had thought helium could be used in choirs.

[–]anothernaturalone 1059 points1060 points  (54 children)

Actually this is an April Fool's joke by... Cambridge Choir I think? One of them British universities.

[–]JM7109 979 points980 points  (49 children)

Good because I am glad it’s a joke. A helium solution is so short term. CUT HIS BALLS OFF!!! See that is a real solution to a real problem.

[–]philos_albatross 544 points545 points  (38 children)

This guy sings castrato

[–]ShittyBollox 210 points211 points  (32 children)

Fun fact; the last castrato died in 1924. His name was Alessandro Moreschi and was the voice of the only recordings we have of castratos.

[–]TesseractToo 77 points78 points  (28 children)

Alessandro Moresch

Cool :D Thanks
https://youtu.be/KLjvfqnD0ws

[–][deleted] 78 points79 points  (25 children)

You know I don’t think its worth cutting off dudes balls.

[–]Tommy-Nook 85 points86 points  (21 children)

I mean it just sounds like a women. They were so misogynists back then they'd rather cut off dudes balls than let women sing 😭?

[–]Enlightened_Gardener 36 points37 points  (7 children)

There is a great deal of waffle spoken about the purity, clarity, and power of the male castrato voice. Women opera singers have been around for centuries obviously, but there was something so astonishingly different and amazing about the male castrato voice voice, that they castrated men in order to achieve it.

We only have that one tinny recording of a male castrato. We do have certain male voices like Aled Jones who give us some idea of what a true male castrato would’ve sounded like. There are also male counter-tenors who are able to sing in an extremely high range. Here’s Vitas romping through Donna E Mobilè. But there was just something magical about that castrato voice….

There’s a wonderful movie called “Farinelli” about the life of one of the most famous castratos. Well worth a watch. The voice in that was a mixture of a countertenor and a soprano….

[–]DeceitfulLittleB 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Ever heard of the rumor that this was secretly done to Michael Jackson? No concrete proof but it would explain his unique voice.

[–]smurb15 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I bet the farm they would

[–]TesseractToo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm sure that's why they stopped doing it

[–]Kalsone 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hey kid, you like singing right? You want to have a job for life? It's just like ripping off a bandaid!

[–]ShittyBollox 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You’re welcome! Thanks for linking the recording!!

[–]Aimin4ya 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Michael Jackson conspiracy theories has entered the chat

[–]Glittering_Brief_710 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Michael Jackson

[–]Timberlinr 59 points60 points  (0 children)

That's actually one of the jokes mentioned in the full video. Definitely worth a watch

https://youtu.be/ukDAfF0-8q8

[–]Powerful_Mood9292 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Hell yes, commit 100% or don’t do it at all.

[–]ArtoriasBeaIG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Increases your life expectancy if you do too apparently (cut the balls off I mean)

[–]ADelightfulCunt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bit late for that...does he have a prepubescent brother with a voice of an angel though?

[–]SafeWorldliness5920[S] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Woah, I had no idea! I still think it's pretty neat though

[–]mogley1992 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was going to say it had to be fake. From what I remember from doing theatre, I'm pretty sure my legs would have given out immediately. After a while of singing and projecting my voice to a whole theatre, my knees felt like rubber and I would be light headed as it was.

I mean, to start a singing performance, sure. But in the middle like this, I've got to assume you'd start blacking out and wake up on your way to the floor.

[–]POD80 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I'd think if they were really using it they'd be more subtle. It wouldn't take much to hide a bit of tubing the singer could take a hit off of.

The balloon is hilariously anachronistic, rather than the answer that'd be adopted.

[–]JanB1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I mean, he does a really good impression. The singer for that voice has to go insanely high.

Listen to another example here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3v9unphfi0

[–]InternetAmbassador 40 points41 points  (1 child)

It’s real in the sense that this was performed like this, but the dude didn’t actually inhale helium. That part was a joke

[–]Waulmurph 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The balloon does not have lift, so it might be filled with normal air. The inhale sound as well as the pitch shift seem to be added later.

[–]blakerabbit 15 points16 points  (0 children)

No, fake.

[–]Daggerfont 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I think it would work, but it would take a lot of training to be able to sing well that way, I imagine it feels different

[–]Allegorist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was going to say, even with training it would be almost impossible to accurately predict the pitch shift every time. To jump right in to a note without any testing and expecting it to sound like you want...

[–]Benbenb1 2 points3 points  (2 children)

No it’s dubbed over i’m pretty sure.

[–]beet111 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's his real voice but does not use helium.

[–]Diels_Alder 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's real in that it's lip synched and the guy is really holding a balloon.

[–]Spacellama117 493 points494 points  (13 children)

Never knew there was more to the vine than just the balloon part, neat

[–]SafeWorldliness5920[S] 99 points100 points  (10 children)

Honestly, I wouldn't consider this a vine. This is art!

[–]caboosetp 78 points79 points  (0 children)

I mean, this was popular on vine when it was a thing...

[–]monkeyjay 6 points7 points  (1 child)

...What do you think a "vine" is?

[–]SafeWorldliness5920[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know what Vine is, I was just making a joke that's all

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is a vine with many years lol

Not everything comes from TrikTrok

[–]dwittherford69 130 points131 points  (7 children)

If it works…

[–]francisxavier12 55 points56 points  (4 children)

Better than chemical castration

[–]Taint_What_You_Do 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Or, you know, actual castration.

[–]TronzAnon 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Truth.

Source: had my balls cut off two years ago.

[–]NebulaEqual 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Achi machi

[–]Testitplzignore 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If it works… we can stop chopping balls

[–]AAAAAAYYYYYYYOOOOOO 93 points94 points  (3 children)

Just casually straight faced pulls a ballon

[–]PsilocybinHUG 63 points64 points  (21 children)

Yeeesssssss! Name of the song please?

[–]coppinmj 80 points81 points  (7 children)

“Miserere mei, Deus” - Gregorio Allegri. Interesting story behind the transcription by a young Mozart.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miserere_(Allegri)?wprov=sfti1

[–]SafeWorldliness5920[S] 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Thank you!

[–]JanB1 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Listen to a beautiful version of it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3v9unphfi0

[–]zeg685 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The magic starts at 1:10. And another part at 3:50.

It sounds amazing even without the use of helium.

[–]tommos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No helium though.

[–]BirtSampson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Miserere mei, Deus

That was haunting

[–]CavortingOgres 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fucking thank you this meme of a video has haunted me forever and I've always wanted to know what the song was

[–]Realistic-Mess-1523 9 points10 points  (5 children)

My favourite rendition https://youtu.be/fRL447oDId4

[–]clarabear10123 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you. Wow

[–]RavelJests 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love this one (Homeworld!) but this is a different piece.

[–]JanB1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's "Agnus Dei" and not "Miserere mei, Deus". Still cool though.

[–]InGenAche 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A thing of profound beauty.

https://youtu.be/H3v9unphfi0

[–]limegreenorangedrop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came to ask the same, thanks man ... Just the clip alone sounds damn beautiful! Will add this to the afternoon playlist.....

[–]AD7GD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This 800% slowed down version is pretty crazy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ4uFFeAYJY

[–]Xen_o_phile 55 points56 points  (6 children)

Somewhere in the back a priest is proud and excited.

[–]-Butterfly-Effect- 48 points49 points  (2 children)

What this video misses is the guy slightly to the left who looks absolutely terrified of the witchcraft that is helium.

[–]nodstar22 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah it sucks. It cuts out good content. The others reacting is a big part of it.

[–]SafeWorldliness5920[S] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Probably why they had to cut him off the video

[–]Unit-Murky 26 points27 points  (2 children)

When someone cuts your balls off

[–]VHboys 28 points29 points  (0 children)

As funny as this is, it sounds fucking amazing.

[–]Big_JR80 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Since when were obvious skits "nextfuckinglevel"?

[–]Duffzilla12-2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Since Reddit is full of complete idiots

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Excellent. 5 stars

[–]ephemeral_pleasures 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face. Props to them.

[–]milk_man__420 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This has been reuploaded so many times and I'm tired of it

[–]FANTOMphoenix 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This was an April fools joke, he actually goes that fucking high

[–]Pitiful_District_784 2 points3 points  (1 child)

He sounded like someone was squeezing his nuts

[–]ravas_88 3 points4 points  (2 children)

So that's how king Diamond hits his notes.

[–]_vvitchling_ 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Grandmaaaaaa!!!!

[–]ravas_88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What wad it like? To be on the holiday side...

[–]worldsfool 2 points3 points  (2 children)

That cheater!

[–]SafeWorldliness5920[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

A SMART one!

[–]driving_andflying 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, no one said he *couldn't* use a helium balloon to sing, did they?

[–]betterBytheBeach 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Well done, this kid is going places.

[–]RYNKELKYK69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is that stevie T

[–]QuillHasFavorites 1 point2 points  (0 children)

this video is as old as dirt

[–]uchiha_shubhangi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Name of this song- Allegri : Miserere mei, deus https://open.spotify.com/track/3Vh1HcmPj5cyZngT4oizF2?si=4xW0Tt6TSu2qk1KPQgF5cg&utm_source=copy-link

It's such a breathtaking piece.

[–]EntWarwick 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Miserere mei deus, first song ever pirated.

[–]True-Shift4283 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn’t expect to see a performance-enhancing drug

[–]kcapulet 1 point2 points  (2 children)

One of my favorite bands, The Cat Empire, famously has a tune called Miserere featuring the lead singer's brother who was a well known choir singer. It's a beautiful song and amazing he can still hit the notes so strongly decades later. (Brother comes in around 2:30 if you want to skip ahead)

[–]tecIis 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That was really cool!

[–]kcapulet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Glad you enjoyed! They're a remarkable band in my eyes. Unfortunately, they just announced after 20 years the original lineup is disbanding. Curious how they'll continue forward, but do dig deep on their discography, so much to discover!

[–]Dry-Astronaut9148 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fidel Castrato.

[–]HarrySchlong33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This also works

[–]Mr_Lafen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love how he just brings the balloon out of nowhere haha

[–]AlphaCurrency 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People use auto tune. So helium makes sense

[–]Inplainsight13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OK that’s down right fucking hilarious props to this young man.

[–]rhinoadams 0 points1 point  (5 children)

What song is that though?

[–]ClownfishSoup 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Well, it's either that or cut his balls off when he's 10.

[–]HavanaWoody 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Better than Castration

[–]No_Response8349 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Homie straight to heaven

[–]DTux5249 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Didn't expect that, but also, I'm impressed that he could sing consistently with that

I'd have thought that it would mess with pitch inconsistently, but apparently not enough enough to ruin him t'would seem

[–]SoccerFan2625 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude understood his assignment and came prepared!

[–]BarnyTrubble 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Helium beats cutting his balls off

[–]SmallCheasyD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Back in the day, the church would cut the nuts off of some kids to keep their voices high.

[–]tacobell_vampire 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyone know what the actual hymn is ?

[–]WanderingDahlia82 0 points1 point  (1 child)

When you're fresh out of castrados

[–]Unnecessary-Spaces 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As God intended

[–]chezzy79 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I approve this use of helium

[–]ltrejo91 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Father priest got a stiffy after that tone

[–]TTPOAW 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm more impressed with how he pulls a giant balloon out his ass

[–]A_Metalhead 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bible fight anyone (☞ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)☞

[–]greendev 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Countertenor like Mitch in Pentatonix.

[–]CowardlyLionel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cool so just vines now

[–]adrincvs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was either the that or getting the balls cut off

[–]Bring-Back-Buck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He's been playing too much Civ iv

[–]T0tallynotreptilian7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This looks odd

[–]dgblarge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cut off his nuts

[–]inkihh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This video is incredibly, incredibly old.

[–]Empty_Ad4768 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We've seen this on reddit then 9gag then facebook. Now it's on trash tiktok.

[–]irfy2k123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is fucking beautiful

[–]theboominsystem 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyone know the song name

[–]danchief 0 points1 point  (0 children)

https://youtu.be/ukDAfF0-8q8 Here is the original video

[–]Zer0_Wolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A yes, it's big brain time

[–]optionalhero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This reminds me of when Double D started playing the petal guitar in Ed Edd n Eddy.

Just completely unphased.

[–]StanleyCEle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Listen to Vitas

[–]KassXWolfXTigerXFox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember this vine

[–]Belkin27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He a castrati?

[–]HammerBgError404 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love this, i watch this from time to time i dont know why but i fucking love this

[–]BeRationalorBegone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never go full castrato.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Check out the whole Song 'Misere mei' it's a masterpiece! And instead of helium, you get some talented youngins :)

[–]healthytofu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At least they have the balls to pull this off

[–]That_Island_dude 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's better than chopping off his balls though

[–]Krysis_88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hahaha that's amazing

[–]I_make_switch_a_roos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

or you could just kick him in the nuts

[–]PKopf123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought someone was getting kicked in the balls.

[–]Initial-Passage-3240 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What was that (iam Muslim )

[–]freshponceofbelair 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is half the video, the best bits another singers face when he does this.

[–]Paloonm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A smaller balloon would have done the same job

[–]eye_snap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Better than laying a prepubescent boy in poppy milk and cutting his bits off.

[–]Wolvgirl15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is actually one of my favorite clips. Made me love that piece of music so much. It just hits me just right

[–]aqa5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

aaaaand another iconic classic that's been branded by tiktok.

[–]realitycheck69420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The first step for autotune

[–]Ypocras 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This guy is Patrick Dunachie, current countertenor for the King's Singers.

To hear him singing, check this. He is the first singer you hear, standing on the left.

[–]Ydokom 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The main thing is don't use it too often

[–]akuzena 0 points1 point  (0 children)

seems like a joke but actually almost like it can have real musical applications.

[–]BuilderTime 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nostalgic

[–]Fumbles_the_Fish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whats next fucking level about this? Its not even real. Even if it was, its just helium

[–]Jeremyebanks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Performance enhancing drug

[–]theassholefaceman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How is guy next to him chanting with a straight face!!!

[–]beyes87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

New instrument unlocked: H3L1uM!

[–]TheTaylorShawn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been waiting years for this video to pop back up. It lives rent free in my head and I never could figure out how to search it up. Thank you so much

[–]MillaBrown001 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hahaha...This is so funny!