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Super Mario Bros. on Tesla Coils

Super Mario Bros. on Tesla Coils

Franzoli Electronics is back with another great musical performance on his trio of tesla coils. This time the high voltage towers zap out an energetic cover of Koji Kondo’s oft-played theme music from Super Mario Bros. More of a Zelda fan? Be sure to check out his Tesla cover of The Legend of Zelda’s theme.

Hip to Be Metal

Hip to Be Metal

Musician Leo Moracchioli is here, there, and everywhere with energetic heavy metal cover of the Huey Lewis and the News 1986 hit Hip to Be Square, a song you might also remember from the novel and film American Psycho.

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Casio Guitar Synth Breakdown

Casio Guitar Synth Breakdown

Musician Ichika Nito got his hands on a Casio DG-20, a 1980s gadget that used guitar strings and a fretboard a MIDI controller. He then proceeded to demonstrate why this thing might just be the coolest instrument ever. Enjoy some more Casio shredding action here.

The Cybertronic Spree: Ballroom Blitz

The Cybertronic Spree: Ballroom Blitz

The always entertaining Cybertronic Spree is back with another awesome rock cover. This time, the musical Transformers took on the 1973 Sweet track Ballroom Blitz and peppered the music video with references to Wayne’s World, which featured a version of the song performed by Crucial Taunt.

James Bond Theme: Electronic Organ Cover

James Bond Theme: Electronic Organ Cover

Musician Alex Payler shows off the symphonic capabilities of Yamaha’s Electone Stagea ELS-02C electronic organ with an epic arrangement of Monty Norman’s James Bond theme music. The rich layering and realistic sounds really do make it sound like Alex has an entire orchestra right there with him.

Raiders of the Lost Marble

Raiders of the Lost Marble

After his tribute to Aladdin, CG artist David Scott of Enbiggen is back with another musical marble machine. Hit play and enjoy as Indiana Jones relives the mine cart chase from The Temple of Doom and the boulder scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The soothing kalimba music was performed by BluntoMarx.

I’m Saul Goodman: The Mini Musical

I’m Saul Goodman: The Mini Musical

To celebrate the final season of Better Call Saul, musician Brandon Ethridge added a jazzy ragtime soundtrack to a scene from the series where Jimmy/Saul takes advantage of news coverage to advertise his low-cost legal services.

We Will Rock You: Dixieland Edition

We Will Rock You: Dixieland Edition

Dustin over at There I Ruined It absolutely annihilates another classic song by turning it into the worst version of itself. His terrible Dixieland jazz version of Queen’s We Will Rock You will certainly have Freddie Mercury turning over in his grave.

PVC Pipe Multi-Flute

PVC Pipe Multi-Flute

Musician and inventor Nicolas Bras shows off another one of his unusual musical instruments. By grafting together multiple pieces of PVC pipe, he created a wind instrument unlike any we’ve heard before. The addition of a loop pedal turned his improv performance into an EDM track.

The Simpsons Live @ Coachella

The Simpsons Live @ Coachella

During his show at Coachella 2022, composer Danny Elfman brought an orchestra and chorus to the stage, and among their eclectic and energetic performances was this incredible live version of The Simpsons theme. They also performed music from Batman and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Playing a Guitar Through a Modular Synthesizer

Playing a Guitar Through a Modular Synthesizer

Guitarist Rob Scallon previously played his guitar through the world’s largest effects pedal board. This time, he and fellow musician Andrew Huang ran the sounds of this electric guitar through his enormous wall of modular synthesizers, resulting in some of most interesting sounds ever produced by a string instrument.

Marching Band Plays Van Halen

Marching Band Plays Van Halen

During the Buckeyes’ game on 4.16.22, the Ohio State University Spring Athletic Band paid tribute to Van Halen with a half-time performance of the band’s hits “Runnin’ With the Devil,” “Dreams,” “Panama,” and “Jump.” We’re guessing “Hot for Teacher” would have been awkward at a college game.

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Psycho for 8 Cellos

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After entertaining us with her covers of the DuckTales and Knight Rider themes, cellist Samara Ginsberg is back with something a bit more ominous. Her 8-part take on Bernard Herrmann’s Prelude from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho will definitely have you looking over your shoulder the next time you take a shower.

Tetris on Tesla Coils

Tetris on Tesla Coils

Franzoli Electronics has entertained us with performances of Around the World and Megalovania on tesla coils. This time, they played a version of Korobeiniki, commonly known as the Tetris theme song. We’re picturing those blocks dropping into place and being zapped into oblivion by lightning as each level is cleared.

Smooth Criminal’s Non-Words

Smooth Criminal’s Non-Words

Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie? We’re not quite sure, judging from the sounds of There I Ruined It’s condensed edit of Smooth Criminal, which consists solely of Michael Jackson’s chants, screams, and wails, and none of those pesky lyrics.

Sweet Oompah o’ Mine

Sweet Oompah o’ Mine

German band The Heimatdamisch is best known for their oompah-infused covers of rock songs. If you’re looking for a soundtrack to go with a stein of beer and some bratwurst, their ska-tinged version of Guns N’ Roses’ hit Sweet Child o’ Mine should do the trick.

Pizzicato Master

Pizzicato Master

Watch and listen to violinist Dmitry Rotkin as he lets his fingers do the talking in this brief 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.

Saloon Music Medley

Saloon Music Medley

Pianist Vinheteiro demonstrates just how important it is to play music on period-correct instruments. Listen, and you’ll be transported to an old-timey saloon with this medley of Scott Joplin ragtime tunes, performed on a Barthol & Berlin upright piano that dates back to 1915.

Blinkrolled

Blinkrolled

Musician Alex Melton seems to have a thing for Blink-182. This time, he performs Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up in the style of the masters of pop punk. Next time you want to Rickroll someone, send them a link to this video.

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Taylor Hawkins’ Drumming Masterclass

Taylor Hawkins’ Drumming Masterclass

We’re still shaken by the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. One of rock’s very best, Hawkins’ music, modesty, and enthusiasm will be his legacy. In this BBC Radio6 interview, Hawkins talked about his life, heroes, techniques, struggle to find his rhythm in Foo Fighters, and his touching bromance with Dave Grohl.

The DMV Song

The DMV Song

We all know how painful a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can be. But maybe we just need to lighten up and enjoy the experience for what it is. That’s what Doug Alberts of animation studio Noodle did, and he wrote a little song about it his newfound love for the DMV.

In Da Ghetto Grammys Rehearsal

In Da Ghetto Grammys Rehearsal

During the 2022 Grammys, J Balvin and a crew of dancers brought down the house with a performance of the Skrillex collab In Da Ghetto. Choreographer Sadeck Waff shared this rehearsal footage which gives us a better look at the precision moves, and the impressive sequence that they staged in just two days.

Hey Ya! on Boomwhackers!

Hey Ya! on Boomwhackers!

The members of the Harvard THUD percussion ensemble shake their plastic tubes like a Polaroid picture with this playful cover of OutKast’s 2003 hit Hey Ya! For more boomwhacker fun, we recommend their versions of the Charlie Brown theme, Eye of the Tiger, and the Mii Channel music.

Console Pedals

Console Pedals

This unique effects pedal offers hot-swappable audio effects packaged in Nintendo 64 cartridges. The Console Pedals 3D-printed base station can hold two effect cartridges at the same time, and runs on batteries for portability. Harpist Emily Hopkins got her hands on a demo unit and put it through the test.

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Ein. Zwei. Drei. Vier… Hier kommt die Sonne. Guitarist Alexandr Misko gives the Rammstein song Sonne a totally new, yet awesome sound. He still manages to capture the aggressive energy of the original but still makes it all his own.

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