Iconic Seinfeld bassline was actually played on a keyboard

This changes everything.

July 5, 2017

Seinfeld is almost as old as I am. The show made its debut on July 5th, 1989, as The Seinfeld Chronicles, and while it took a season to find it’s footing (the show just didn’t work without Elaine), it’s gone on to be the GOAT. 28 years later, it still holds up, and almost iconic as the vocabulary (or Seinlanguage) it spawned and the sheer volume of quality it left behind is its iconic score—funky, groove-laden slap bass punctuated by the odd mouth pops.

Here’s the thing, though: That wasn’t a bass. It was a synthesizer.

Up top, you can watch Jonathan Wolff, the show’s lead composer, jamming it out on his Korg. You’ve heard Wolff before, on shows like Reba, Will & Grace, The King of Queens, and so on and so forth. But his most iconic work was obviously on Seinfeld, which makes this next fact even more impressive: it was entirely improvised. Here’s how he did it:

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