AC/DC's Thunderstruck is recreated by father using his baby's noises

AC/DC's Thunderstruck is recreated by father using his baby's noises

January 24, 2020

Rock ‘n’ drool! Father records his baby son’s noises over a year and edits them to sound like AC/DC’s Thunderstruck

  • Matt MacMillan, from New Jersey, recorded coos and laughs of his son Ryan
  • He painstakingly isolated them by pitch, and then used 21 notes in total for ‘song’
  • Matt also used his son’s sneeze as a cymbal, Ryan hitting sofa with his hand for bass drum and baby slapping floor for the snare
  • Lead guitarist Angus Young’s iconic riff is instantly recognisable on Ryan’s track

A father who recorded his baby son’s noises every day for a year has edited the clips together to create a video which appears to show the little boy singing AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. 

Matt MacMillan, from Delran, New Jersey, arranged the coos and laughs made by his son, Ryan, after painstakingly isolating them by pitch.

The result is a joyful digital rendition of the Australian hard rock band’s 1990 single from their album The Razors Edge.

As soon as baby Ryan’s ‘singing’ video begins, AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young’s iconic riff is instantly recognisable. 

Matt MacMillan, from Delran, New Jersey, arranged the coos and laughs made by his son, Ryan (pictured), over the course of a year so it appeared he was singing Thunderstruck by AC/DC

The result is a joyful digital rendition of the Australian hard rock band’s 1990 single from their album The Razors Edge. Above, some of the clips which Ryan’s father used to make the epic rock video

Mr MacMillan (above) manually sorted 83 clips in total, according to pitch, on his Mac computer and then organised each one, by note, to create the track

One-year-old Ryan also provides several other parts as the song progresses. 

Mr MacMillan used his son’s sneeze as a cymbal, a clip of Ryan hitting a sofa with his hand for the bass drum and the child slapping the floor for the snare.  

He manually sorted 83 clips in total, according to pitch, on his Mac computer and then organised each one, by note, to create the track. 

Mr MacMillan, originally from Abington, Pennsylvania, found 21 notes in total, which was enough to carry the tune.

Then, after listening to the AC/DC track over and over again, he figured out the notes by ear – which he wrote down in letter notation, having long forgotten how to read sheet music.

Finally, he created the rock video, using the Final Cut Pro 7 editing suite – and the mini masterpiece was born.

Since the clip was posted on YouTube on January 14, it has garnered almost 730,000 views. 

One-year-old Ryan also provides several other parts as the song progresses. Mr MacMillan used his son’s sneeze as a cymbal, a clip of Ryan hitting a sofa with his hand for the bass drum and the child slapping the floor for the snare

Angus Young, in his trademark schoolboy uniform, on stage in Spain in 2016. After Mr MacMillan listened to the AC/DC track over and over again, he figured out the notes by ear – which he wrote down in letter notation, having long forgotten how to read sheet music

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