It’s one of THE GREAT musical scores of all time: Bernard Herrmann‘s still-terrifying and instantly identifiable Pscyho theme with it’s ever-escalating tension and climactic RIRRIRRIRIR slashing sound – I have goosebumps just thinking about it. What we have HERE is composer/musician Joachim Horsley‘s amazing piano cover… played with knives. It’s from his 2014 album Joachim Horsley Was Dead the Whole Time and it’s totally worth taking a listen to.
From Dangerous Minds:
Horsley is able to coax some odd tonalities out of the piano strings both with the knife blades and by striking the strings with the knife handle, while muting with his palm. These sounds mimic the orchestration of Herrmann’s original score.
Obviously, there’s both symbolism and novelty going on here with the use of kitchen knives, Norman Bates’ personal weapon of choice, but the end result is quite beautiful. Horsley takes some liberties towards the end of the piece and it gets a bit jazzy (maybe even slightly Latin jazzy?) in its climax. It’s cool though. He owns it.
This is totally, pardon the pun, KILLER: