Pharrell’s funky mega-hit “Happy” has evolved from a party-friendly pop song into a larger-than-life meme. First came the track’s interactive, 24-hour music video, which inspired countless fans across the world to film themselves grooving to its message of self-empowerment. And now the “Happy” phenomenon has expanded – by shrinking: YouTube user Rob Scallon has created a “Vine symphony,” using a slew of iPhones to trigger miniature loops.
“I discovered that one measure of ‘Happy’ is exactly six seconds,” Scallon writes on the video’s description. “So this happened.” It’s not as funky as the original, of course, but his loopy approximation is a lot of fun, utilizing blasts of hi-hat, tom-tom, snare, bass guitar, handclaps, two female vocal harmonies (from collaborator Tamara Lynn Chambers) and a cartoonish take on the “Clap along” lead vocal.
Scallon isn’t the only YouTuber experimenting with the track: Back in February, badass loop-master Christopher Bill unleashed his jazzy, complex trombone version of “Happy,” which finds the pony-tailed maverick utilizing music software Ableton Live, building phrase after phrase into a tower of groove.
In a recent interview with Oprah, Pharrell shared an emotional reflection on the song’s unexpected success: “It’s overwhelming because it’s like, I love what I do and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long that I could make it to this point to feel that,” he said.