Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve got to agree that Luis Fonzi‘s Despacito is undoubtedly the smash hit of summer. It’s everywhere, all the time. It absolutely cannot be stopped. Of course in this part of the world (or at the very least, here on Fresh Radio), we’ve been mostly exposed to the version that features Justin Bieber:
However, there IS a version that doesn’t include Bieber, and it’s an even bigger hit. In fact, the video for the non-Bieber version of Despacito actually became the most viewed video on YouTube EVER this summer:
All kinds of cover versions of the song have popped up across the internet, which is not a big surprise. You can check any of those out, but I think my favourite is one that was done with something that’s not traditionally meant to be a musical instrument at all: a pair of calculators.
The first thing I thought when I saw that is “Holy crap, this person is impressively talented.” I mean, it’s pretty tough to keep multiple rhythms and melodies going on separate hands on something that’s meant to be an instrument (like a piano, for example). On top of that, this person had to learn what button corresponds to what note, and then plot out how to play a full song. It really is quite impressive.
The second thought I had was… Who would buy a calculator like this? Who would MAKE a calculator like this? When I was in school, I wanted my calculator use to be discrete (since, as the teacher’s say, “You’re not always going to have a calculator with you!”). It is a real thing, though, and here’s another one in action:
And actually, after watching that… It makes a little more sense. The calculator itself is Chinese, and I might have a better understanding if I could understand the language the instructions are written in, but alas, I cannot. What I gather, from the demonstration, is that it has multiple functions: A voice that says the numbers as you punch them in, a number of pre-loaded songs that the calculator knows how to play, and then of course the option to use it as an instrument to play your own melodies.
The next thing I want to hear is Despacito played on a bank of old floppy disk drives.