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The MIT Logarhythms
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Type of Group: A capella
Founded: 1949
Office: 50-301 (studio)
Website: http://mitlogs.com/

The Logarhythms are MIT's oldest a cappella group and have been around since 1949! The Logs sing all kinds of popular music across different genres, from R&B ballads to Rock jams.

Without exception, the Logs enjoy an exciting, funny, energy-filled, and action-packed presence on campus. You can find our latest performances on our YouTube channel..

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History

In the spring of 1949 a group of male MIT students came together to form the Logarhythms, MIT's premier all male a cappella group. Building upon the influence of barbershop tunes they swiftly began singing all over campus, building a fan base throughout Cambridge.

Over the next few decades the Logs introduced gospel, doo-wop, and modern hits, performing at several MIT events including Commencement. While balancing their academic workload, athletics, and keeping fans at bay, the Logs managed to record several albums, which last to this day.

In the late 1990s the Logs made the transition from barbershop to modern a cappella introducing vocal percussion and complex arrangements of modern songs. The Logs performed off campus more often and toured around the country to California, Texas, Ohio, New York, Florida, and all of New England.

In the 2014-2015 year, the Logs celebrated their 65th anniversary as one of the country's finest a cappella groups.

Gigs

The Logs perform all over campus and gig frequently in the New England area and around the country during their fall and spring tours.

On September 20, 2010, the Logs sang the national anthem at Fenway Park prior to the Red Sox game.

Concret

You can find the Logs performing everywhere and anywhere on campus, in performances ranging from organized concerts to spontaneous serenades (look out for us on Valentine's Day!).

The Logs perform a concert at the end of fall and spring semester featuring skits, guest groups, movies and repertoire from that semester. Fall concert includes a twig skit - a skit performed by the freshmen in the group (humorously referred to as twigs). Each year, spring concert opens with an original short film created by the Logs that semester. Past films include "21 Log Street" (2016), "Logs in a Box" (2015), “Social Netlog” (2011), "Sherlog Homez" (2010), "Slumlog Millionare" (2009), and "The Logfather" (2005). The films can be found on their YouTube channel..

Concerts are themed. Past concert themes included "Logs Vegas" (Fall 2016), "EXPEN$IVE" (Fall 2015), and "BATLOGS" (Fall 2014).

Serenades

Each year for Valentine's Day, the Logs offer serenades. Serenade options include "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli, "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 and “Not A Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake.

Tours

The Logs tour regularly. Some recent tours have included:

2016-2017:

  • DC/Philadelphia (spring)
  • New York City (fall)

2015-2016:

  • California (spring)
  • New York City (fall)|

2014-2015:

  • New Orleans (spring)
  • New York City (fall)

Discography

  • In Many Moods, 1953
  • More Songs By The M.I.T. Logarhythms, 1954 (10" LP)
  • The M.I.T. Logarhythms Sing Even More of Your Favorites, 1957 (10" LP)
  • The Logarhythms of MIT, 1964 (12" LP)
  • Logarhythms 68, 1968 (12" LP)
  • The Logs' Score, 1972 (12" LP)
  • The MIT Logarhythms, 1987 (Cassette)
  • Together In Bakona!, 1991 (CD)
  • Songs From The Bagel, 1994 (CD)
  • Redwood, 1997 (CD)
  • Mind The Logs, 1999 (CD)
  • Superlogs, 2002 (CD)
  • Soundproof, 2004 (CD and digital)
  • Natural, 2006 (CD and digital)
  • Give Us Back Our Spyplane!, 2008 (CD and digital)
  • The BAM EP, 2011 (CD and digital)
  • The BAM Album, 2011 (CD and digital)
  • As Viewed From Above, 2016 (CD and digital)

Alumni

The Logs have a huge tradition of alumni involvement. Alumni help with logistics at auditions, come to retreat, and support the group at concert. Alumni are very involved in the group and write many of the current arrangements.

Alumni Songs

Twigs, Logs, and Logalums unite to sing the Log's theme song, "Superlogs" and the Log's signature serenade arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."

Also in the repertoire is MIT's alma mater, "Arise All Ye of MIT" and "Take Me Back to Tech," a humorous traditional MIT song written more than 100 years ago with lyrics by I.W. Litchfield (Class of 1885).

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