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Encyclopedia > Aerials (song)
"Aerials"
Single by System of a Down
from the album Toxicity
Released 2002
Format CD, Cassette, Vinyl, Airplay
Recorded February 15, 2001
Cello Studios
Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative Metal
Length 3:54
Label American
Writer(s) Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian
Producer(s) Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian
Peak chart positions
System of a Down singles chronology
"Toxicity"
(2002)
"Aerials"
(2002)
"Innervision"
(2002)
Maxi-Single cover
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Maxi-Single cover of "Aerials".
Australian Import cover
Cover of the Australian limited edition of "Aerials".
7" Single cover
Cover of the 7" single of "Aerials".

"Aerials" is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002 from the album Toxicity. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... Toxicity is System of a Downs second album release. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... Typical 60-minute Compact Cassette. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American New Zealander[1], musician, activist and songwriter. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975 in Hollywood, California, USA) is the lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Frederick Jay Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American record producer. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975 in Hollywood, California, USA) is the lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American New Zealander[1], musician, activist and songwriter. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... Toxicity is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Innervision is a song by the band System of a Down. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Image File history File links Soad_aerials_single. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Toxicity is System of a Downs second album release. ...


Aerials is arguably System of a Down's most successful song in the United States to date, hitting #1 on both the Modern and Mainstream Rock charts. For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ...

Contents

Music

In the intro, alongside the four cello notes a faint spinning/rotating sound can be heard. Daron then plays a clean arpeggio on a dropped D tuned guitar, in which a melody in C minor key on the bass string is alternated with open fifth and fourth string (May it be noted that it may not be an arpeggio, but a sequence, rising and falling respectively. Also, the bass line is playing hetrophonically with the guitar sequence. See Heterophony). The verse is sung by Serj while Daron repeats a distorted A flat power chord. Lines in the verse are separated by a heavy metal guitar rhythm figure. Then, after the first verse, Daron reprises the first half of the arpeggio in the intro, and Serj sings the chorus on the same tune. Then, the second verse is sung, and then again the chorus, but this time Daron plays the melody using power chords instead of the arpeggio. Then, the chorus is played again as a clean arpeggio, and finally with Daron and Serj singing vowels instead of words, with Serj singing to the key of the melody, Daron singing the "rhythm" part. The violoncello, usually abbreviated to cello, or cello (the c is pronounced as in the ch of check), is a bowed stringed instrument, a member of the violin family. ... Various arpeggios as seen on a staff Notation of a chord in arpeggio In music, an arpeggio is a broken chord where the notes are played or sung in succession rather than simultaneously. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Open tuning. ... Look up heterophony in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In music, a power chord is a bare fifth, or a similar chord, usually played on electric guitar with distortion. ...


Hidden track "Arto"

On the album version, after the song reaches what seems like the end, there is a short gap between 3:50 and 3:57. After this short silence another song begins to play, entitled "Arto," after the musician Arto Tunçboyacıyan, who contributes vocals and percussion to the track. The composition features an assortment of drums and wind instruments, as well as chants. The intro, as well as the first melodic passage, are performed on a duduk. This passage has a melody similar to that of "Der Voghormya", a part of the Armenian Badarak by Komitas Vardapet. video Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Armenian: ) (born 1957 in Galataria, Turkey, a small village just outside Istanbul)[1][2] is an Armenian musician of Turkish citizenship. ... A duduk The duduk (pronounced ) is a traditional woodwind instrument of Armenian origins. ... The Divine Liturgy is the common term for the Eucharistic service of the Byzantine tradition of Christian liturgy. ... Komitas monument in Yerevan Soghomon Gevorki Soghomonyan - Komitas Vardapet (Սողոմոն Գևորքի Սողոմոնյան - Կոմիտաս Վարդապետ in Armenian), by...


Music Video

The video was directed by Shavo Odadjian and David Slade. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... David Slade (born September 26, 1969) is a British film director who began his career making music videos. ...


The video starts out in a desolate, desert-like place. Then the camera shifts to a circus tent. Inside, the band is getting ready, and being watched by a little boy whose face has been disfigured. The eyes are pulled back, and the mouth is very small. The band starts playing. It then shifts to the boy surrounded by people in an urban environment, with a large group around him dancing. It then shifts back to the band playing inside the tent. Back outside, the boy is walking down the street with two women in red dresses. The scene then becomes that of the boy, two different women in similar dresses as the first, and an older man, who seems to be interviewing them, or making an agreement. Exiting the building, paparazzi swarm the boy and begin photographing the boy. People begin interviewing him, but he is never seen to respond. It then cuts back to the band for a short period of time, where after it displays the boy in a photo shoot, being examined with different clothes. The scene continues to cut between the photo shoot and the band, until near the end, where it shows the boy with two women in red dresses, reaching for money that is falling from above. At the end of the song, every scene the boy has been shown in is shown briefly. He then walks to the middle of the circus tent, lays down in the middle, and closes his eyes, as the song ends.


Track listing

Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American New Zealander[1], musician, activist and songwriter. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975 in Hollywood, California, USA) is the lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ...

Aerials (UK Import)

CD1

  1. "Aerials" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Toxicity" (Live) (Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, Malakian)
  3. "P.L.U.C.K." (Live)
  4. "Aerials" (Music Video)

Toxicity is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... P.L.U.C.K. (subtitled (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers. ...

CD2

  1. "Aerials"
  2. "Streamline" (Alternate version)
  3. "Sugar" (Live) (Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, Malakian)

Sugar is a single by the Armenian-American alternative metal group System of a Down. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

Aerials (Australian LE)

  1. "Aerials"
  2. "Toxicity" (Live) (Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, Malakian)
  3. "P.L.U.C.K." (Live)

Toxicity is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... P.L.U.C.K. (subtitled (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers. ...

Aerials (Maxi-Single)

  1. "Aerials" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Toxicity" (Live) (Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, Malakian)
  3. "Sugar" (Live) (Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, Malakian)
  4. "P.L.U.C.K." (Live)
  5. "Aerials" (Music Video)

Toxicity is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Sugar is a single by the Armenian-American alternative metal group System of a Down. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... P.L.U.C.K. (subtitled (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers. ...

Aerials (Promo Single)

  1. "Aerials"

Aerials (European Vinyl Single)

  1. "Aerials"
  2. "Snowblind" (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward)

Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the lead vocalist of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, a popular solo artist, and the star of the reality show, The Osbournes. ... Frank Anthony Tony Iommi (born February 19, 1948, in Aston, Birmingham, England) is a guitarist best known for his tenure in the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Aerials (7" Single)

  1. "Aerials"
  2. "Toxicity" (Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, Malakian)
  3. "P.L.U.C.K."
  4. "Aerials" (Radio Edit)
  5. "Aerials" [citation needed]
  6. "Streamline" (Alternate version)
  7. "Sugar" (Live) (Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, Malakian)
  8. "Snowblind" (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward)

Toxicity is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... P.L.U.C.K. (subtitled (Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers. ... Sugar is a single by the Armenian-American alternative metal group System of a Down. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the lead vocalist of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, a popular solo artist, and the star of the reality show, The Osbournes. ... Frank Anthony Tony Iommi (born February 19, 1948, in Aston, Birmingham, England) is a guitarist best known for his tenure in the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Preceded by
"By the Way" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
October 5, 2002
Succeeded by
"You Know You're Right" by Nirvana

 
 

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