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Mike Portnoy

Post  Rodney Razorshorts on Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:22 am



Voice Type: Baritone
Sung range: C♯2-A5
Total range: F♯1-A5

Significant High Notes

  • A5 ("Tenement Funster/Flick of the Wrist/Lily of the Valley")
  • G5 ("Prophets of War", "Schmedley Wilcox", Chaos in Motion segment, "New Millenium" live)
  • F5 (Richard Christy drum duet)
  • E5 ("Prophets of War")
  • E♭5 ("The Trooper" live)
  • B4 ("The Trooper" live, "The Test That Stumped Them All")
  • A4 ("Mother, Father")
  • G♯4 ("A Salty Dog", "Take the Time" live)
  • G4 ("Canadian Rap" live, "Lines in the Sand" live 1997)
  • F♯4 ("A Salty Dog", "War Inside My Head", "One Last Time", "I Walk Beside You" live Score)
  • F4 ("Fool in My Heart", "Constant Motion", "A Salty Dog")
  • E4 ("Prophets of War", "The Best of Times (Portnoy version)", "In the Presence of Enemies Part 2", "Strange Deja Vu")
  • E♭4 ("Fatal Tragedy", "Octavarium")
  • D4 ("Constant Motion", "Prophets of War")

Significant Low Notes

  • F♯1 ("Honor Thy Father" )  
  • C♯2 ("Prophets of War" demo, "In the Presence of Enemies Part 2")
  • D2 ("Prophets of Wars", "Honor Thy Father')
  • E♭2 ("Psychosane")
  • E2 ("Repentance")
  • F2 ("Honor Thy Father")


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*Blue marks soft, falsetto notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.


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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  Guest on Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:09 am

Sherick wrote:
  • E♭5 ("The Trooper" live)

The best high note...

Ever?
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  Cesar on Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:10 am

T. wrote:
Sherick wrote:
  • E♭5 ("The Trooper" live)

The best high note...

Ever?
Laughing
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  MrToddington on Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:39 am

A4s in DT's "Mother, Father" cover, and a falsetto G5 in New Millennium live at Budokan.


1:18 and 3:42.


7:43.
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  Guest on Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:46 pm

T. wrote:
Sherick wrote:
  • E♭5 ("The Trooper" live)

The best high note...

Ever?

Yeah, that note is so fucking solid. He really owns the whole passage there! Go Mike!
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  MrToddington on Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:24 pm

I think he gets down to about B1/C2 in 'Octavarium', but it was really hard to tell. Probably fry too.

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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  axisundone on Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:52 am

Definitely a red note, but an E5 nonetheless at 7:55.....



WHY DIDN'T TATE OR LABRIE DO THE SCREAM?!
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  MrToddington on Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:13 pm

I thought that was Tate, but I'm not sure anymore. Confused

If we're going by the video, it just doesn't look like Portnoy's yelling it either - that doesn't really sound like Portnoy to me anyway.
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  axisundone on Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:23 pm

MrToddington wrote:I thought that was Tate, but I'm not sure anymore. Confused

If we're going by the video, it just doesn't look like Portnoy's yelling it either - that doesn't really sound like Portnoy to me anyway.

In what universe does a Geoff Tate E5 sound like that?!?! Shocked
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  MrToddington on Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:41 pm

A very bad one trying to emulate the scream of the original.
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  Rodney Razorshorts on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:19 am

There are approximinately 10 people performing on stage, and the one person who is shown on camera quite apparently not screaming is the one you assume is doing the scream?
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  axisundone on Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:18 am

This is my case for it being Mike Portnoy:

A) it's blatantly not Tate or LaBrie because they are both accomplished singers
B) the 'fuck yeah!' at the end of the scream - Mike was known for goofing around/swearing humour during DT gigs
C) Portnoy wears a headset mic. The scream sounds kinda distorted, which will probably happen if you scream down a headset mic.
D) video shows it's not Petrucci. So given that there are 4 mics onstage (LaBrie, Tate, Petrucci, and Portnoy's headset) and we've established it's not Tate, LaBrie or Petrucci, there remains only one answer
E) really look at Portnoy and you can see his mouth is open and it's entirely possible sound is coming out. Given that it's a sustained vowel and he's not singing words, obviously his jaw isn't going to be moving, so that's why it doesn't look like he's doing the scream.

I've said my piece, take it or don't, but I'm not investing any further analysis or debate into this thread.
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  MrToddington on Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:11 pm

axisundone wrote:B) the 'fuck yeah!' at the end of the scream - Mike was known for goofing around/swearing humour during DT gigs

But that doesn't sound like Portnoy at all there. To be honest, that was what made me think it was Tate.
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  Guest on Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:24 am

Man, Portnoy's got a surprisingly great voice when he sings seriously.
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  Shikkaku on Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:07 am



The low vocals on this aren't his?
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  Hopscotch on Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:59 am

Nah, I don't think he started doing vocals in Dream Theater until around Falling into Infinity. If I remember correctly, those notes are the producer or somebody.

Looking over the OP, when did we decide that "Psychosane" only bottomed at E♭2? And does "Honor Thy Father" really get down to F♯1? Also, don't forget about the B1s and A1s in the Queen medley!
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Re: Mike Portnoy

Post  Hopscotch on Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:51 am


Sung C2s at 3:33, and a solid B1 at 3:45!
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