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Music

Say_Superstrings

Say_Superstrings

A trio of classical musicians teamed up with interactive artists Ouchhh on this innovative performance art work for Ars Electronica, using sensors to measure data from its cellist’s Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma brainwave activity to generate real-time visuals influenced by emotion, focus, auditory, and other neural response.

The Neverending Story: Rock Edition

The Neverending Story: Rock Edition

If you’ve never seen The Neverending Story, rent it this weekend. The 1984 classic is a wonderfully imaginative ride through a child’s mind as he discovers a fantastical world hidden in the pages of a book. To show his love for the film, guitarist 331Erock put his own spin on its theme song, by Limahl and Giorgio Moroder.

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Grand Piano Island

Grand Piano Island

Pianist Pavel Andreev performs in one of the most exclusive venues we’ve ever seen – on a man-made floating square island in the middle of the lake in Karelia, Russia’s stunning marble canyon. They had to lower the piano on a crane from above, then floated it into the lake.

Pump Up the Jam in Church

Pump Up the Jam in Church

Get your booty in a pew tonight. Gud Nuse shared this very different interpretation of Technotronic’s 1989 dance mega-hit Pump Up the Jam. His toned-down version was recorded in a church, and performed on a grand piano.

Snow (Hey Oh): Fingerstyle

Snow (Hey Oh): Fingerstyle

Musician Luca Stricagnoli is back with another fantastic performance. Watch and listen as the fingerstyle guitar master’s fingers fly across the fretboard with a great rendition of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ melodic 2006 hit Snow (Hey Oh).

Bohemian Rhapsody on Bass

Bohemian Rhapsody on Bass

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is an incredibly challenging song to play when you have the proper instruments. To prove his bass-playing chops, musician Zander Zon managed to perform a compelling rendition entirely on his bass guitar. We’re amazed that he was able to extract such range from the 4-string instrument.

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

The Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra is best known for their classic Russian tunes, but they also enjoy the occasional rock and roll song. Here, their balalaika section performs a cover of the 1971 Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven. We had no idea that a contrabass balalaika was a thing.

Sounds Like Van Spirit

Sounds Like Van Spirit

After listening to a great performance by a street musician, sound engineer Marten Berger found himself inspired. He spent two years on the road, traveling across 25 countries in search of the best performers, then recorded many of them in his studio on wheels. A collection of recordings are available for sale on his website.

100 Movie Themes on Guitar

100 Movie Themes on Guitar

Musician Niall Stenson presents an epic 20-minute medley of movie theme songs. While we’re not familiar with every piece of music, they all sound great with Niall’s rock and roll edge, especially the Disney, Pixar, and Batman tunes.

Desolation Center (Trailer)

Desolation Center (Trailer)

Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella owe their existence to a series of 1980s guerrilla punk rock events in the California desert. Stuart Swezey’s documentary combines interviews of punk and post-punk luminaries with performances by Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Perry Farrell, and more. Drops 9/13/19.

Michel Gondry: Recursion

Michel Gondry: Recursion

Michel Gondry’s music videos, TV shows, and films deftly combine humor, childlike whimsy, and in-camera effects to entertain our brains. In this clip from Polyphonic, essayist Noah LeFevre explains how Gondry’s background as a percussionist has influenced his work through rhythmic, repetitive, and redundant imagery.

Killing In The Name of 1000 Musicians

Killing In The Name of 1000 Musicians

Every once in a while, the Rockin’ 1000 assembles a group of musicians from around the globe to offer up one epic rock performance. This time, they gathered at the Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt to play the Rage Against the Machine classic, Killing in the Name. We love watching all the drummers banging away in sync.

Anna Meredith: Paramour

Anna Meredith: Paramour

Perhaps inspired by the LEGO railway work of BananenBuurman, filmmaker Ewan Jones Morris takes us on a thrilling one-shot, POV ride, engineered by LEGO expert builder Gary Davis. Anna Meredith’s engrossing instrumental track serves as the perfect accompaniment to the precision-timed train ride.

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Sandstorm on Toothbrushes

Sandstorm on Toothbrushes

The consistently silly and entertaining Device Orchestra is back to perform another track, taking on Darude’s 2000 dance hit Sandstorm, played on an electric typewriter, some credit card terminals, and a pair of electric toothbrushes. The googly eyes mean they now earn union scale for their performances.

Eclectic Method: Boom Bang

Eclectic Method: Boom Bang

Musician and video artist Jonny Wilson of Eclectic Method decided to soften the devastating blow of war movies by replacing the sounds of guns, explosions, and war machines with joyful sound effects made by little kids.

2 Musicians, 1 Guitar

2 Musicians, 1 Guitar

Musicians Rob Scallon and Mary Spender teamed up to perform a great cover version of The Beatles’ classic Come Together on a truly unique instrument – a two-sided acoustic with a 6-string guitar on one side, and a 4-string bass on the other.

Sesame Street Sabotage

Sesame Street Sabotage

Mashup master Mylo the Cat diced up footage from the 1985 Sesame Street flick Follow That Bird to create a muppet version of the video for Beastie Boys’ 1994 classic Sabotage. The only thing missing are the cheesy ’70s mustaches.

Batman Rock Medley

Batman Rock Medley

Musician Niall Stenson takes us on a journey through more than 50 years of live-action Batman TV and movies with this awesome medley from the Dark Knight’s various appearances, and his consistently epic theme music.

A Song About Birds

A Song About Birds

(PG-13: Language) The Van Vuuren Bros. present a little song about our fine-feathered friends, most of whom they really like, except maybe one. If you thought pigeons were rats with wings, wait until you meet a flock of Ibises down under.

Shared BPM Music Videos

Shared BPM Music Videos

Lewis Wake has taken a variety of clips from movies, and swapped out the music with other songs that play at a similar number of beats per minute. Some of our favorites are Back to the Future with Beastie Boys, Napoleon Dynamite’s dance with Cher, and Blues Brothers with Kaiser Chiefs.

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Highway to Ukulele Hell

Highway to Ukulele Hell

The musicians of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain take on an unexpected tune, AC/DC’s 1979 hit Highway to Hell. Despite the unusual choice of instruments for the hard rock track, they do it with aplomb. There’s even a finger-bleeding solo at 2:00.

Lekholm DM48 MIDI Harmonica

Lekholm DM48 MIDI Harmonica

Like a real harmonica, Lekholm’s musical tech senses its player’s breathing both in and out, but it outputs those modulations as MIDI signals for controlling synthesizers. The example performance is Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to, using a Yamaha VL70-m acoustic sound module.

Pirates of the Carribean: Piano Cover

Pirates of the Carribean: Piano Cover

Avast ye, and shiver me timbers! Musician Peter Bence is back with another rousing grand piano cover, this time taking on the familiar theme music from Pirates of the Caribbean, composed by Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt. This guy can tickle our ivories any day.

Change the World on Harpejji

Change the World on Harpejji

Mathieu Terrade is an expert at playing the Harpejji G16, a wooden string instrument with a flat backboard, 16 strings, and 19 ultra-wide frets. His YouTube channel is filled with great performances, but his cover of Eric Clapton’s Change the World is one of our faves.

Rhapsody of Queen

Rhapsody of Queen

Pianist Eshan Denipitiya presents a virtuosic medley of three classic Queen tracks performed flawlessly on the grand piano. He goes on to ask us which is our favorite, but can you really choose between Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions? and We Will Rock You?

Beatboxing by B-ART

Beatboxing by B-ART

Swissbeatbox shared this footage of champion beatboxer B-ART at the 2019 Florida Beatbox Festival, as he captivated the crowd with his insane microphone and noise-making skills in a truly fast and furious performance. Who needs a drum machine with this guy around?

Johnny B. Goode: Fingerstyle

Johnny B. Goode: Fingerstyle

Back in 2016, musician Marcos Kaiser recorded this excellent cover version of Chuck Berry’s 1958 track Johnny B. Goode. As one of rock and roll’s seminal tracks, it sounds great in this acoustic fingerstyle arrangement. Just try not to get your groove on when he starts playing.

Lusine: Not Alone

Lusine: Not Alone

In POLY|C’s vibrant music video for Lusine’s smooth electronic track Not Alone, a young engineer works on an neural interface which transports her to a mysterious virtual world. But the lines between the real and imagined worlds blur the deeper she journeys. From the EP Retrace and featuring vocals by Jenn Champion.

The Sound of Skateboarding

The Sound of Skateboarding

(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more that 650 different sounds that skateboards make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.

Layla: Funk Cover

Layla: Funk Cover

Scary Pockets turns in another wonderfully funky cover of a classic tune, this time taking on Derek and The Dominos’ 1970 track Layla. Though this time, they left the comfort of their studio and recorded the performance live at DC’s Union Stage. That’s Jacob Luttrell kicking out the soulful lead vocals and keys.

How to Daft Punk

How to Daft Punk

“Generally, Daft Punk likes to have A-Major good time.” Do you want to make music just like the robots? Then watch Imaginary Ambition’s lighthearted video tutorial, and if you work harder, better, faster, stronger, and you’re doing it right, you might just get lucky!

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