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?
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.
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.
(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.
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.
Classical pianist Martin Leung dropped by the University of Michigan’s Britton Recital Hall to perform a medley of tracks from the world of Mario Bros., kicking things off with the classic Super Mario Bros. theme – and just to show off, he did that first bit blindfolded. If it seems familiar, he first performed the medley back in 2007.
From Earth, Wind, and Fire to Kraftwerk to ELO, the vocoder has been part of some of the most famous dance, disco, and electronic tracks ever. Musician Doctor Mix shows off his vocoder skills along with his nifty Behringer VC340, a modern day synthesizer that replicates the analog sounds of the ’70s and ’80s.
The consistently entertaining and enthralling Pomplamoose presents a fun recording that seamlessly blends Smash Mouth’s unkillable hit All Star with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ tracks Can’t Stop and Californication. That opening bass riff is still one of the best ever.
Not too long ago, we enjoyed pianist Florian Mohr’s medley of hip-hop tunes, and now he’s back with a compilation of 40 themes from cartoon and anime TV series, from Family Guy to The Flintstones, to Spongebob Squarepants, along with a handful of lesser known shows.
(PG-13: Language) Musician Cove AKA Covergeist is a master at creating acoustic versions of rap music. His interpretation of Eminem… er The Real Slim Shady’s Without Me is our favorite, but his versions of Lose Yourself and Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s Drop It Like It’s Hot are also worth a listen.
On July 16, 1969 at 8:32 am Eastern Time, Apollo 11 lifted off and headed towards the moon. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking mission, and astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, Eclectic Method created a track using sound samples from the mission and the events leading up to it.
From its wild popularity in the 1970s to its appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Electric Light Orchestra’s joyfully symphonic classic Mr. Blue Sky is an indelible part of our cultural history. Polyphonic dives into Jeff Lynne’s inspiration for the track, and how it fits into the bigger picture of Out of the Blue.
While Kaboom Percussion seems perfectly capable of playing songs without such trickery, they decided to skip a traditional performance for this clip, instead recording each note of Toto’s Africa individually, then chopping it all together in video editing software.
Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you. Musicians Marnie and Patrick Laird aka the Brooklyn Duo are back with another heartfelt performance, this time bringing their piano and cello talents to the Coldplay track Yellow. Even if the original didn’t give you the feels, this version surely will.
Look Mum No Computer has been working on and off for over a year on this incredibly complicated electronic music maker, a wall full of Nintendo Game Boys which work in perfect sync to produce richly-layered polyphonic chiptunes. It’s still not finished, but even as a work in progress, it’s still quite impressive.
Fans of Pink Floyd will recognize the profoundly depressing lyrics on this print from Todd Alcott Graphics. It features the words from Comfortably Numb, cleverly worked into the layout for a 1960s-style magazine advertisement for pain relief pills. The print is available in a variety of sizes. Check out the artist’s shop for more.
During a recent guest spot on The Tonight Show, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in the green room for perform their 1971 classic Won’t Get Fooled Again on a bunch of kid-sized classroom instruments. Naturally, Pete ends up smashing his ukulele to bits.
We always thought The Beatles’ track Because a trippy and haunting tune to begin with, so it’s no wonder that the otherworldly sounds of the theremin suit the song so perfectly, especially in the capable hands of Cihan Gulbudak, one of the true masters of the unusual electronic instrument.
We loved just about every moment of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, including the opening scene where Miles is singing along with Post Malone and Swae Lee’s Sunflower. Eclectic Method sliced and diced up the track and footage from the animated flick to create a whole new EDM track.