A crackling fire, advancing a mechanical camera, and a well-struck golf ball are among the most satisfying sounds in the world. Musician Dan Mace recorded and edited together some of these great noises into a soundtrack that’s engineered to be even more satisfying than its individual components.
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Jordan Olds of Two Minutes To Late Night put together a work from home rock supergroup, featuring Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Ryan Primack of Poison the Well, Billy C. Robinson of Cloak, and Chris Maggio of High on Fire and Wear Your Wounds, for an awesome cover version of Guns ‘N’ Roses 1987 classic Rocket Queen.
We were really looking forward to seeing Thom Yorke hit the road this Spring. Sadly, coronavirus caused much of the tour to be postponed. To help tide us over, Thom has released a hypnotic 16-minute mini concert featuring music from his 2014 album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
This short video proves just how universal the language of design is. Despite being entirely in Japanese, motion designer Ritsuko Nomura’s clip demonstrates the importance of using layouts, scale, and color to bring structure and legibility to information, regardless of language. From the NHK educational TV show Design Ah!
Shortly before the release of Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV+, Universal Music Group records assembled 31 remastered music videos into a single playlist. From Sabotage to Intergalactic to Sure Shot, all of our favorites are there. If you’re wondering why they’re not all razor sharp, Tom Scott has the explanation.
Meet the REO Brothers. Based out of Tacloban, Philippines, the rock band is exceptionally talented, and does an amazing job covering tracks from The Beatles like While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Penny Lane, Something, and In My Life. They also do quite the Alan Parsons Project cover.
During the Rainer Hersch Orkestra’s 2019 New Year’s concert, Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal came on stage to perform a “warm up” after arriving in England from Spain. To stretch her vocal cords, she belted out a goosebump-inducing rendition of Alexander Courage’s original theme from Star Trek.
(PG-13: Language) When the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on, it’s tragedy. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli presents an angry version of the Bee Gees’ 1979 disco hit Tragedy, a song which seems to be exceptionally relevant during these frustrating days when we can’t always be with our loved ones.
Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters misses performing live with his bandmates, so he assembled them remotely for a “work from home” performance of the classic track Mother from the 1980 album The Wall. We still hope that he and Dave Gilmour will mend fences and play together someday.
The musicians who created the smooth and soothing sounds of Animal Crossing: New Horizons got together for a virtual performance of the theme music from the wildly popular Nintendo Switch game which has occupied countless hours for kids and adults while sheltering in place.
We honestly have no idea what to say after watching Quentin Smirhes‘ absurdist music video about a guy who thinks he’s a “chooka” train, but all we knew was we had to share it with the rest of the world immediately. Perhaps we’ve been hypnotized into doing it. Enjoy the source material here.
We just shared Kaleidoscope Orchestra’s excellent Daft Punk symphonic medley, and not 24 hours later, they dropped this even more epic video – a medley of more than 20 hit songs, all recorded by their members while locked down at home. Steve Pycroft deserves lots of credit for the orchestration and masterful video editing.
The music of Daft Punk sounds great any way you slice it, but we’re really loving this medley arranged and performed by UK-based Kaleidoscope Orchestra. Among the symphonic covers are Robot Rock, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, Something About Us, Aerodynamic, One More Time, Doin’ it Right, and Around the World.
Musician Doctor Mix once again proves he’s a synthesizer god, with an awesome cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1979 classic ballad After the Love Has Gone, played entirely on electronic instruments. With a heaping helping of vocoder, it sounds like a bonus track off of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.
Machine learning tech is getting pretty good at things like object recognition, but can it write a decent song? Funk Turkey fed artificial intelligence software a bunch of AC/DC lyrics and asked it to create a new track. This is what it came up with. We’re pretty sure this AI is actually a 10-year-old boy.
With celebrities locked down at home, we’ve had a barrage of collaborative music videos hitting our screens daily. This clip from David Cross‘ Mr. Show Zoomtacular Annual Business Call Event for Charity is our favorite so far, featuring a veritable Who’s Who of talent, including the song’s creator himself.
Microsoft Windows has a long history of throwing annoying and cryptic error messages at us. Video artist 4096 decided to memorialize some of the operating system’s various foibles over the years with a fun-filled electronic music remix inspired by this Japanese video. MacOS even gets into the game at 1:24.
Recording the video on what can only be described as a potato-cam, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo turned in a heartfelt solo performance of Nirvana’s 1993 classic Heart Shaped Box. The clip is a lead-in to his Island in the Zoom project, which aims to bring remote Weezer fans together for interviews, music, and fun.
Postmodern Jukebox and vocalist Cortnie Frazier perform a truly unique rendition of Pearl Jam’s 1991 grunge classic Black. Scott Bradlee’s smoky blues arrangement is perfectly executed through Frazier’s silky smooth vocals and the band’s rich orchestral sounds.
Ever wonder what a Rick Astley song written by an AI might sound like? YouTuber Lil’Alien demonstrates what neural network called Jukebox came up with when asked to create more of Never Gonna Give You Up based on the data fed into its electronic brain. Play with more weird AI music on the Jukebox Sample Explorer.
These days, we’ll take laughs any way we can get them. Take, for example, Real Big Boys‘ video of Seal’s 1994 hit Kiss from a Rose being sung by a choir of barking seals. We feel like the track could have used some penguin background singers, so here’s something to get you started.
We’re pretty sure not a single member of Kaboom Percussion was born yet when these tracks came out, but that shouldn’t take anything away from their playful performance of 1980s hits on their totally tubular music makers. They did a medley of tunes for ’90s kids too.
(PG-13: Language) Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia melds pop, disco, and funk into a chart-topping dancefloor banger. But Kyle Brauch gave the album a whole new sound by deftly remixing every track with 1990s hip-hop. The mashup includes raps from DOA, Xzibit, DMX, Dre, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and more.
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