“In an alternate universe, this is what could have been.” If you were expecting to be Rickrolled when you click play on this clip, you’d be wrong. Though there is something just so wrong it’s right about the soulful pop singer doing a cover of the AC/DC classic Highway to Hell.
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Musician Louis Cole’s short song works on more levels than you’d expect. Most of us can relate to its lyrics, and while it starts out like a novelty tune, we quickly learn that Louis is a serious electrofunkmaster. And then there’s this. Louis, you’re our new hero.
Musician Miguel Montalban turns in an epic lead guitar performance on his cover version of the Dire Straits classic Sultans of Swing as he plays for a crowd of bystanders in London. His Sweet Child O’ Mine and Stairway to Heaven are equally enthralling.
Streaming speakers with minimal monochrome color schemes and physical controls. Available in two sizes, they can play audio via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Chromecast and 3.5mm aux. They also have built-in support for Spotify and Internet radio. (Thanks Tomas!)
Put on your headphones and crank them up to 11 for this incredible 1973 BBC broadcast, featuring musician Mike Oldfield and his bandmates as they perform all 25+ minutes of the esoteric prog rock creation Tubular Bells Part 1, best known for its use in the horror film The Exorcist.
(PG-13: Language) American sign language interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego spoke with Vox about how traditional ASL is not suited to translating music, whether it be wordplay or melody. That’s why she injects creativity and motion to help the deaf appreciate music.
(PG-13: Language) Go Fozzie. It’s your birthday! America’s favorite stand-up comic bear parties his ass off in Mylo the Cat’s latest Muppet remix video. The clip got us wondering just how does a Muppet ingest liquor and weed, since they have no esophagus or windpipe.
Lusine’s chill ambient track is complemented perfectly by this minimal video from Michael Reisinger, who used 2300 colorful LED’s to illuminate the face of its subject, as she drifts into another plane listening to her headphones on the bus. From the album Sensorimotor.
You’ll start to hear vocals about 13 seconds into this clip. But nobody is actually singing. Like the speaking piano, what you’re hearing are a series of very rapidly played piano notes which replicate the sound of a human voice, created by converting MP3 files to MIDI files.