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Blinding Lights on Typewriter

Blinding Lights on Typewriter

William Sun Petrus previously showed off a vintage manual typewriter that he converted into a drum machine. Since it’s really just working as a MIDI controller, the keyboard can be used to play any digital instrument, in this case, the fat synths from The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights. That’s a Novation Launchpad S to the right.

Scratching Records But with Barcodes

Scratching Records But with Barcodes

We’ve previously seen how the musicians from Electronicos Fantasticos use laser barcode readers in their performance. In this clip from Maker Faire Tokyo 2020, one of their members shows how to make record scratching sounds using the same technique.

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Metallica Halloween Light Show

Metallica Halloween Light Show

Each year, Tom BetGeorge creates an incredible Halloween light show to raise funds for charity. As part of his 2020 show, he programmed a performance that syncs up perfectly with Metallica’s Enter Sandman. If you’re near Tracy, California, you can view the light show in person during its performance schedule.

Eclectic Method: Fly on Your Head

Eclectic Method: Fly on Your Head

We try to avoid politics here on, but we think most people agree that the winner of the 2020 U.S. Vice Presidential debate was the fly that parked it on Mike Pence’s head. Remixer Eclectic Method got to work quickly recapping the most notable event of the night with this amusing little ditty, vocalized by Kamala Harris herself.

Eminem Fingerstyle Medley

Eminem Fingerstyle Medley

The driving rhythms in many of Eminem’s tunes lend themselves surprisingly well to being played on an acoustic guitar. Musician Alexandr Misko offers an exceptional fingerstyle take on some of Slim Shady’s songs, incorporating his own vocal stylings.

Husky: Never Ever

Husky: Never Ever

(PG-13: Gore) The video for Siberian rapper Dmitry “Husky” Kuznetsov’s track Never Ever is a bloody journey into the world of a janitor who is tasked with cleaning up the aftermath of deadly gang battles. It’s a macabre subject handled with visual aplomb by writer/director Evgenii Bakirov and cinematographer Kirill Groshev.

Gangsta’s Paradise on Stylophone

Gangsta’s Paradise on Stylophone

maromaro1337 is always making great covers of popular tunes using Stylophones as their instrument of choice. The simple analog synthesizers lend themselves well to a surprisingly wide variety of genres, and we really enjoyed this performance of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise – especially the Stylophone choir at the end.

Some Musical Nonsense for You to Vibe to

Some Musical Nonsense for You to Vibe to

When you think about it, music is just an assemblage of brief noises sequenced together. So even though musician Daniel Thrasher calls this composition “nonsense,” it’s really not that much sillier than a a Duran Duran of a Hanson song when it comes down to it.

Super Mario Guitar Sounds

Super Mario Guitar Sounds

Musician Davidlap has become quite the expert at replicating various sounds on his electric guitar. In this video, he does a mighty fine job reproducing sound effects from the Mushroom Kindom, from the satisfying coin collection “ding” to the urgency-instilling “hurry up” music that kicks in when you get a star power-up.

O Superman That

O Superman That

Music remixer William Maranci combined Soulja Boy’s 2007 hit Crank That with Laurie Anderson’s enigmatic 1982 track O Superman for a double dose of The Man of Steel. If we’ve got to have that endless honking stuck in our heads, so do you.

The Simpsons Theme on Flute

The Simpsons Theme on Flute

Ariana Flute has some pretty great covers up on her YouTube channel, including this version of Danny Elfman’s theme song to The Simpsons. It sounds pretty awesome played on the flute, and the piano accompaniment by Ella Piknjac ain’t too shabby either. The only thing missing is Lisa on the saxophone.

Thousand Oscillator MegaDrone

Thousand Oscillator MegaDrone

Look Mum No Computer is always building strange and wonderful electronic musical instruments. His latest creation is a massive wall full of oscillator circuits, which, when played together, create an equivalently massive wall of sound. If a symphony played synths instead of strings, it might sound something like this.

Once in a Lifetime: G-Man Edition

Once in a Lifetime: G-Man Edition

The music video for the Talking Heads track Once in a Lifetime is one of the most memorable clips of the 1980s. Using Valve’s Source 2 engine, Corey Laddo managed to perfectly replicate the clip, replacing the lanky and awkward David Byrne with the mysterious G-Man from the Half-Life series. Here’s the original for comparison.

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Neil Cicierega: Mouth Dreams

Neil Cicierega: Mouth Dreams

Remixer and Internet sensation Neil Cicierega fills our minds and ears with a fantastically immersive track that deftly combines all kinds of sounds from pop culture from the familiar Yahoo! yodel to the theme from Spongebob Squarepants to Psycho Killer. Hit Play, crank up the volume, and get ready for a wild ride.

Folsom Disco Blues

Folsom Disco Blues

When I hear that disco whistle blowin’, I hang my head and cry. There I Ruined It destroys yet another classic tune. This time they transformed Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues into an awful disco tune, and in the process, they provoke a prison riot.

Google Tone/Transfer

Google Tone/Transfer

Developed by Magenta using Google AI tech, Tone/Transfer takes ordinary sounds like a human voice and makes them sound like a musical instrument. It can also digest the sounds made by one kind of musical instrument and map them onto a different one. You can play with the online demo for yourself.

Gorillaz f/Elton John + 6LACK

Gorillaz f/Elton John + 6LACK

The Gorillaz’s Song Machine continues to entertain us with great collaborations, like The Pink Phantom, a emotional and eclectic ballad about a failed relationship that leads to tragedy. This time, the cartoon musicians are accompanied by rapper 6LACK and none other than Sir Elton John on vocals and piano.

The Hood Internet: 1990

The Hood Internet: 1990

After wowing us with their awesome 1980s music compilations, the guys from The Hood Internet have kicked off a new decade, this time cramming 60 hits from 1990 into a 3-minute, 30-second medley. From Deee-Lite to Depeche Mode and Pixies to Public Enemy, it’s a fantastic flashback to a fondly-remembered time.

Tame Impala Empty Stadium Concert

Tame Impala Empty Stadium Concert

Before the scourge that is COVID-19, Tame Impala used to play to packed venues. But here they jam out to an audience of exactly none (except the camera crew). They staged this surreal and intimate mini-concert in an empty football stadium to promote the launch of FIFA ’21.

Weapon of Choice Beatswapped

Weapon of Choice Beatswapped

The music video for Fatboy Slim’s track Weapon of Choice is one of our all-time faves. Between Spike Jonze’s understated direction and Christopher Walken’s dance moves, it’s a true classic. But what happens when you swap the 2nd and 4th beats of the track? Steve Badach did just that, and the result is just as infectious.

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The Cocktail Piano

The Cocktail Piano

Last time we checked in with musician Mezerg, he was playing the watermelon. This time, he performs on a more conventional instrument – though Voël Martin rigged up this upright piano with an electronic circuit and pumps that dispense a variety of juices and liquor to make a custom cocktail based on the notes he plays.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Strings)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Strings)

A group of five talented musicians from the Colorado Symphony got together for a wonderful outdoor performance of the Eurythmics classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). While we still can’t get out to see orchestras perform in person, please remember to support your local musicians.

Stop and Bust a Move

Stop and Bust a Move

It’s impossible to listen to the Young MC track Bust a Move without doing exactly what its title says. Remixer Bill McClintock combined MC’s infectious rhythms with Buffalo Springfield’s timeless protest song For What It’s Worth, giving it a groovy new sound. Listen close, and you’ll catch some Def Leppard, GN’R, and Van Halen too.

WAP: Metal Edition

WAP: Metal Edition

(PG-13: Language) Get a bucket and a mop out for resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli as he transforms Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s unambiguously smutty pop track WAP into a heavy metal song and replaces the shameless images of well-endowed women with a cute little kitty taking a shower.

Super Mario Song 2

Super Mario Song 2

Inspired by a lengthy livestream of Super Mario Odyssey, ThePandemicLight edited the brief but potent Blur track Song 2, and replaced all of Damon Albarn’s celebratory “Woo-Hoos” with the voice of Mario. It’s as brilliantly funny as it sounds.

Marimbalovania

Marimbalovania

The musicians of Pulse Percussion perform an energetic marimba cover version of the fast-paced techno track Megalovania from Undertale. We’re impressed that three musicians playing on the same instrument don’t bump into each other.

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