We wish that people used the word “chuffed” more here in America. But in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, it’s a popular term for being excited about something. So with the language lesson over with, enjoy as Aunty Donna sings about some things that get dads really chuffed.
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Musician DØVYDAS takes on the infectious sounds of Reel 2 Real’s f/The Mad Stuntman’s 1994 reggae dancehall hit I Like to Move It. If you’re like us it’ll surely have you grooving along either in body or spirit. Now why his audience didn’t catch dance fever is a mystery to us.
Musician Matt Brockman plays the trumpet alongside himself in this fun medley of familiar tunes from movies, TV, and pop music. The arrangement was put together by Kevin McKee, but the performance is 100% Matt and his lips. We also enjoyed his performances of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and the theme from Jaws.
Watch and listen in awe as violinist Dmitry Rotkin lets his fingers do the talking in this far too short pizzicato jazz improvisation, inspired by Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). His arrangement of The Beatles’ Come Together is pretty incredible as well.
French musician MEZERG kicks out some groovy sounds using one of the silliest musical instruments – a watermelon. He connected slices of the melon – along with cantaloupe and a kiwi – to a Playtron MIDI Controller to create an edible keyboard. His cover of The Doors’ Light My Fire is pretty awesome too, even if it has no fruit.
From the Mickey Mouse to Muppet Babies to the latest Japanese anime, cartoons have a long history of memorable theme songs. Stoic pianist Lord Vinheteiro looks takes us back in the rewind machine with a great medley of songs from animated programs from 1928 to the present day.
Combining bowed, keyed, and mechanical elements, the hurdy-gurdy is definitely one of the stranger musical instruments. Enjoy as musician Michalina Malisz shows off her hurdy-gurdy skills with a little medley of System of a Down riffs. If you haven’t heard it before, her guitar riffs compilation is worth a listen too.
Musician Johan Carlsberg is known for creating medieval-style covers of popular songs. A mandolin and accordion take centerstage in his energetic “bardcore” version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. It sounds similar in ways to Steve ‘N’ Seagulls’ bluegrass cover.
A few years back, Alexey Rom’s video of Bohemian Rhapsody performed by a 100-year-old self-playing organ was a massive hit. We recently stumbled onto one of his follow-ups, a version of ABBA’s 1974 hit Dancing Queen. For each song, Alexey painstakingly creates his own custom player scrolls.
The Daft Punk track Lose Yourself to Dance has some great robotic vocals that were created with an electronic talkbox effect. StarvingGOGO was able to replicate the sound using a Nintendo Game Boy running LSDj to play the melodies, and a tubeless talkbox gadget called the ElectroSpit ESX-1 he’s wearing around his neck.
Do you remember… the 21st month of 2020? Musical mashup artist William Maranci gives Earth, Wind, and Fire a dose of Radioactive energy with his latest unexpected combo, mixing the track September with Imagine Dragons’ alt-rock sound and resulting in a dark new vibe.
We’ve all heard a billion and one covers of Toto’s Africa by now. Though we have to hand it to Kestrel Tapes for his unique spin on the hit song. Played in a minor key, and accompanied by salad tongs, the track takes on a creepy new vibe that sounds like it came from a horror movie soundtrack.
Playing Dick Dale’s track Misirlou already requires some fast fingers. But guitarist Alexandr Misko amped things up to 11 as he performed the track using a fingerstyle technique. He somehow managed to retain the vibrato surf rock sound, despite his dramatically different playing style.
Cryo115 came up with this crazy AI-powered lipsync of The Lord of the Rings’ loathsome little character Gollum, and the ridiculous 1990s song The Scatman. The result is like peanut butter and chocolate coming together, except it’s two strange tastes that taste stranger together.
Imagine for a moment that it’s 1997 again. You turn on the radio and Semi-Charmed Life comes on. Except it’s not Third Eye Blind singing it. Instead, it’s Blink-182. That’s exactly what musician Alex Melton came up with when he covered the hit song in the pop-punk style of the blinkers. Nawh nawh nawh…
We already know that Anthony Vincent is an expert vocal impressionist. He’s also great at rearranging songs into different styles. This time, he took The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights and took advantage of its ’80s influenced sounds to turn it into a Depeche Mode song.
The Metallica track One is already a pretty grim and evocative song. Musician Poolad Torkamanrad’s stripped-down cover version only adds to the emotional weight, as he performs the tune on a Santoor, a type of hammer dulcimer originating from the Middle East. He’s also covered Dream Theater’s rock opera Lost Not Forgotten.
In the official music video for the track “Strange Timez,” Murdoc and friends land their Winnebago spaceship on the surface of a moon that happens to be home to the inescapable face of The Cure frontman Robert Smith… and a mysterious monolith. From Song Machine: Season One.
Do you need a break from your regular music playlists? Then open up this video, hit play, and drop it into a background tab. Jorf assembled this epic 10-hour and 53-minute mix of 227 tracks programmed by various chiptune musicians and played with the classic 8-bit sounds of the Nintendo Entertainment System.
This interactive online plaything uses a recurrent neural network to produce loops of music that you can influence by moving around and clicking on objects in its scene. Once you’ve created a sound you like, you can share a link to your tune. Find out more details about the project here.