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Star Trek Violin Medley

Star Trek Violin Medley

Journey to the final frontier with VioDance for a heartfelt medley of theme music from the Star Trek universe, starting with The Original Series, with classics like The Next Generation, Voyager, and DS9, and culminating with Discovery and Picard. When you hear them all together, you can really tell how connected they sound.

100-Voice Halo Choir

100-Voice Halo Choir

Vocalist Matthew Van Ness has impressed us with his orchestral vocal covers of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park themes. This time, he did something a little different, but similarly entertaining by turning 100 copies of his voice into the choir from the familiar opening theme from the video game Halo.

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DJ Cummerbund: Weird Betty

DJ Cummerbund: Weird Betty

Remember that John Hughes movie where Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith engineered their own unrealistic fantasy woman? Well what if her name wasn’t Lisa, but instead was Black Betty? Imagine no longer. Thanks to mashup artist DJ Cummerbund, we have our answer. Bam-ba-Lam, mama-sa, mama-koosa!

Pumped Up Kicks: Medieval Edition

Pumped Up Kicks: Medieval Edition

“Best ye go, faster than mine arrow…” Hildegard von Blingin’ imagines what pop songs might have sounded like in medieval times. Working with music by Cornelius Link, she revamps the tracks with period-appropriate lyrics and vocals. Here’s her olde tyme take on Foster the People’s 2010 hit, Pumped Up Kicks.

Pipeline Echo

Pipeline Echo

Musician Armin Küpper has figured out that the large piece of pipe he found at a nearby construction site makes for a great echo chamber. Until it’s buried in the ground, he’s using it to augment his various saxophones and guitar with a great bit of acoustic reverb.

Who Sampled Kraftwerk?

Who Sampled Kraftwerk?

Eight Minutes Upside Down has created a fantastic series of videos which explore the many tracks that sampled sounds from other musicians. In this episode, you’ll hear how electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk influenced artists from Beck to Sir Mix-a-Lot to The Chemical Brothers to Miley Cyrus.

Sa-Roc: Tiny Desk Concert

Sa-Roc: Tiny Desk Concert

With the NPR offices temporarily off-limits, they’re continuing the Tiny Desk series with new episodes recorded at musicians’ homes. Here, MC Sa-Roc brings her smooth blend of hip hop, soul, social commentary, and spiritualism to bear, with a set of four poetic tracks loaded with meaningful messages. That’s Sol Messiah on DJ duties.

Africa on Tesla Coils

Africa on Tesla Coils

Toto’s 1982 hit Africa has seemingly been covered a million times. But we can say with certainty that this is the first time we’ve heard it played by a pair of high-voltage Tesla coils. We could almost feel the hairs on the back of our neck standing up from the electricity. Performance by Franzoli Electronics.

Isleyhead: Ace of Shout

Isleyhead: Ace of Shout

Music mashup master Bill McClintock is at it again. This time, he managed to combine the Motown sounds of The Isley Brother’s classic Shout! with the metal edge of Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, giving frat boys a whole new kind of chant for their toga parties. Shoo-be-doo-wop-bop.

Famous Wurlitzer Songs

Famous Wurlitzer Songs

The Wurlitzer 200A electric piano has been featured in some of the most memorable songs of all time. Keyboard expert Doctor Mix walks us through a few of the best, from The Beatles Get Back to Beck’s Where It’s At to Supertramp’s The Logical Song.

Whole Lotta Love Fingerstyle

Whole Lotta Love Fingerstyle

Musician Luca Stricagnoli continues to wow us with his acoustic fingerstyle guitar performances, this time taking on the 1969 Led Zeppelin rock classic Whole Lotta Love. It’s certainly got a different texture without Jimmy Page’s memorable electric guitar sound, but it’s still pretty awesome.

Mr. Blue Sky Montage

Mr. Blue Sky Montage

The Electric Light Orchestra song Mr. Blue Sky is one of the most joyful tunes out there. So it’s no wonder that filmmakers have used it so often to bring a little light into their movies. Editor Jovi Prata compiled this montage of movie scenes that featured the track, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

50 Classic Wah-Wah Riffs

50 Classic Wah-Wah Riffs

Uh-oh, here comes a flock of wah-wahs… Reverb.com pays tribute to the electric guitarist’s favorite Dunlop Cry Baby Wah pedal, as their house musician Joe performs a medley of some of the classic riffs that use the familiar distortion effect.

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Wire: Tiny Desk Concert

Wire: Tiny Desk Concert

Formed way back in 1976, Wire was one of the most influential bands in the UK punk rock scene. So it’s pretty awesome that three of the band’s original members still get together and make music. In this NPR Tiny Desk Concert, they performed a mix of classic and new tracks, which meld as if they were all recorded in the same era.

The Brass Pretender

The Brass Pretender

Musician Seb Skelly arranged and performed this energetic cover version of Foo Fighters’ 2007 hit The Pretender, with melody and harmonies played on trumpet, solo horn, trombone, and flugelhorn, with his pal Jordan keeping rhythm on drums.

Satisfying Sounds Song

Satisfying Sounds Song

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.

Rocket Queen at Home

Rocket Queen at Home

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.

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Live

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Live

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.

Knight Rider for 8 Cellos

Knight Rider for 8 Cellos

Musician Samara Ginsberg recently entertained us with her lively cello arrangement of the Inspector Gadget theme. She’s back with another fun cover – this time taking on the classic theme song from Knight Rider with an 8-layered cello recording.

World’s Fastest Flute Player

World’s Fastest Flute Player

We have no way of knowing if he missed any notes, but to our untrained ears, flutist Armin Gheitasi’s 300 bpm, sub-45 second performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee is the fastest we’ve ever heard anyone play any wind instrument.

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Paranoid on Stylophone

Paranoid on Stylophone

We’re not sure why, but hard rock and heavy metal music sounds surprisingly good when played on the Stylophone. Musician maromaro1337 once again demonstrates his skill on the basic analog keyboard with a great rendition of Black Sabbath’s rock classic Paranoid.

Layout Song

Layout Song

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!

Beastie Boys HD Video Playlist

Beastie Boys HD Video Playlist

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.

The Filipino Beatles

The Filipino Beatles

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.

Star Trek Soprano

Star Trek Soprano

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.

Metal Tragedy

Metal Tragedy

(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.

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