In spending time with and writing about the on campus a cappella group, the Nuances, I have certainly gained a greater appreciation for a cappella music. As I dove into research about the a cappella culture of today’s world, I was surprised with how little media that even the most popular a cappella groups receive. Obviously the hit TV show Glee and the Pitch Perfect movies have put a cappella on the map a bit more; however, there is still a distinct lack of media coverage on a cappella groups in the music world of today. One group that I did find who is quite popular is the five-person a cappella group, Pentatonix, who creates an incredible, and almost unreal a cappella sound. Here is an example of one of their more popular cover songs:
As you can hear, it sounds as if there is no chance the music was created solely by vocals and sounds created by mouth; however, it truly is 100% a cappella. Using a bass singer as well as a beatboxer, the group creates a pop/electronic sound that draws listeners in in utter disbelief. This form of a cappella has certainly come a long way since the original barbershop quartets, and I believe with this new sound and added publicity from Hollywood, a cappella could certainly make a huge splash in national media and mainstream music in coming years.