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Music

Y.M.C.A. (Metal Edition)

Y.M.C.A. (Metal Edition)

Musician and madman Andy Rehfeldt removed the disco backing track from the classic 1978 Village People anthem, and replaced it with the angry shredding of electric guitar. Talk about a disco inferno; this version burns down the house.

Waiting on a Friend: Acoustic Cover

Waiting on a Friend: Acoustic Cover

Musician Dave Rucci (the man behind that awesome SVU cover) turns in a great performance of The Rolling Stones’ 1980 track Waiting on a Friend, with some excellent acoustic guitar work, and a well-executed multi-track vocalization.

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Nirvana Bass Covers

Nirvana Bass Covers

Tommy Lee Depp creates bass-only arrangements of popular songs which sound phenomenal, despite only including a single 4-string instrument. Listen as he performs Heart-shaped Box, Come As You Are, Lithium, and Smells Like Teen Spirit.

From 0 to 100000

From 0 to 100000

Marioverehrer presents an epically exhausting level design for the piano training game Synthesia. It takes a solid 21 hours to get through the entire sequence, which is simply a musical representation of every number from 0 to 100,000.

bd594: Ice Ice Baby (f/DECtalk)

bd594: Ice Ice Baby (f/DECtalk)

Check out the hook while my robotic DJ revolves it. It’s been a while since we heard from bd594 and his band of misfit computer parts. This time, they’re joined by a DECtalk speech synthesizer to provide a Stephen Hawking-esque take on Vanilla Ice’s vocals.

Bon Iver U (Man Like)

Bon Iver U (Man Like)

(PG-13: Language) “It’ll be a long day of fixing, make something else your mission, boy why this sh*t so hard to do?” Bon Iver collaborated with Jenn Wasner, Moses Sumney, Elsa Jensen, The National’s Bryce Dessner and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus for this gospel-inspired ballad.

Covers by Clemens Wenners

Covers by Clemens Wenners

Musician Clemens WennersYouTube channel is loaded up with impressive cover versions of tracks from the 1970s and 1980s, accompanied by perfectly selected analog synthesizers and other period-accurate instruments. Tracks include The Bee Gees Nights on Broadway, The Cars’ Drive, and Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight.

Weval: Someday

Weval: Someday

(Flashing Images) Filmmaker Páraic McGloughlin’s abstract music video serves as the perfect complement to the driving rhythm and headphone-worthy sounds of Weval’s track Someday. The imagery and sounds reflect the fragility of our planet, and humanity’s desire to hold on.

Recorder Level 9000

Recorder Level 9000

Watch and listen in awe as musician Maurice Steger uses every last little bit of breath in his lungs to crank through Antonio Vivaldi’s extensive and at times frenetic Recorder Concerto RV 443 during a performance with the Cappella Gabetta at the Hochrhein Musikfestival.

Jolene: Metal Edition

Jolene: Metal Edition

Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli takes on Dolly Parton’s classic country ballad about her marital insecurities in the only way he knows how – with lots of blood-curdling screams and headbanging. Though the acoustic guitar was unexpected.

Motor Synth

Motor Synth

Gamechanger Audio’s insanely cool desktop synthesizer combines electronic and mechanical components for the ultimate in analog sound. Its sounds are generated by motors, magnetic pickups, and infrared sensors, which serve as waveforms to produce truly unique sounds.

Mii Channel Theme Viola Cover

Mii Channel Theme Viola Cover

One of the most memorable bits of music in the history of video games has to be the background track that plays while you sit in the lobby of Nintendo’s Mii Channel. Musician Beanzo decided to pay tribute to this catchy little ditty with a fun four-part viola cover.

Hot Wheels Xylophone

Hot Wheels Xylophone

5MadMovieMakers is playing with toy cars again. This time, they lined up a bunch of parallel Hot Wheels tracks with the bars from a xylophone, then launched a series of toy 65′ Ford Mustangs to play a little tune. It was done with some clever video editing, but it’s still fun to watch.

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Scary Pockets: Wild World

Scary Pockets: Wild World

With the powerful vocal stylings of Rett Madison leading things off, Scary Pockets succeeded at breathing new life into Cat Stevens’ early ’70s classic Wild World with an ample dose of soul and a dash of funk.

Koka’s Beat Machines

Koka’s Beat Machines

Artist and musician Koka Nikoladze builds electromechanical objects which act like analog drum machines, producing unusual beats using bits and pieces of household objects and hardware to produce their rhythms. Be sure to check out Beat Machines No. 2 and No. 3.

Louis Cole: F It Up

Louis Cole: F It Up

Musician Louis Cole loves to do live recording sessions, and this one takes the cake. Listen, enjoy, and be wowed by this captivating performance shot at “some guy’s house.” It’s got synths, loops, and more funk than you can handle. This is one clip where patience definitely pays off.

How Daft Punk Brought Back Disco

How Daft Punk Brought Back Disco

Polyphonic talks about the history of disco and how Daft Punk made it cool again with their album Random Access Memories. By pairing up with disco legends and highlighting the genre’s key features, the robots made disco hit after disco hit in one release.

The Glorious MIDI Narwhal

The Glorious MIDI Narwhal

Andrew Huang’s video of his majestic MIDI narwhal not only shows how to tweak images to make art into music in a sequencer, but serves as a look at LG’s epically-wide 49″ 49WL95C display, which we need on our desk right now. Check his video description for a chance to win one.

The Prodigy Orchestral Tribute

The Prodigy Orchestral Tribute

In March 2019, The Prodigy vocalist Keith Flint died from an apparent suicide. In tribute to the musician, the Kaleidoscope Orchestra of Manchester, U.K. performed this wonderful medley of songs including Out of Space, Omen, Spitfire, No Good (Start the Dance), Breathe, and Firestarter.

The Lonely Island: Oakland Nights

The Lonely Island: Oakland Nights

“I’m a pro when I bone but I do it pro-bono.” Oakland A’s fans The Lonely Island pay tribute to baseball players (and steroid abusers) Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, and their after-dark antics with the ladies. From the Netflix special The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience.

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Hey Ya! Metal Edition

Hey Ya! Metal Edition

Serial screamer and contact wearer Leo Moracchioli’s takes on one of the most infectious earworms of all time, OutKast’s Hey Ya! Leo’s version will almost certainly have the song rattling around your head for the rest of the day too.

I Just Did a Bad Thing

I Just Did a Bad Thing

As one commenter put it “He’s still pretty far from making sense in the traditional way, but I think he’s getting closer.” Bill Wurtz’s catchy little track is all about a guy having a really bad day. We think it’s actually a retelling of Joker’s origin story. You be the judge.

Senspad Drum Kit

Senspad Drum Kit

Redison Music’s Senspad is an electronic drum kit that weighs less than 1.5lb and is nearly as thin as a practice pad. It has three programmable strike zones and lasts up to 12h per charge. You can connect it to mobile devices or PCs via USB or Bluetooth.

Woodstock (Trailer)

Woodstock (Trailer)

From August 15 to 18, 1969, an outdoor concert was held on a 600-acre dairy farm in New York, with over 400,000 people in attendance. Woodstock would go on to be one of the most legendary festivals ever staged. PBS’ documentary on the show features never before seen footage.

Europe vs Dvorak

Europe vs Dvorak

Enjoy two strange musical bedfellows, Europe’s 1986 hit The Final Countdown and Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, melded by the Papageorgio String Quartet a. Be sure to listen to their Beethoven vs Metallica and Led Zeppelin vs Bach and My Chemical Romance vs Pachelbel too.

Baby Got Barbershop

Baby Got Barbershop

Barbershop quartet Bank of Harmony don’t want none unless it’s got buns, hun. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Sir Mix a Lot’s 1992 hit Baby Got Back, performed in a way we’re pretty sure you’ve never heard it before. We also enjoyed their cover of Pour Some Sugar on Me.

The Manx: Hateful Goo

The Manx: Hateful Goo

(PG-13: Language) Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland plays a guy who gets sucked into the most visceral video game ever made in the whacked-out music video for the track Hateful Goo by LA thrashpunk-comedy-art group The Manx.

The Mighty DX7 Medley

The Mighty DX7 Medley

Do you love classic ’80s music? Many of the songs of the era relied heavily on Yamaha’s vaunted DX7 synthesizer, which was the first mainstream synth to use FM synthesis, creating a variety of uniquely textured sounds, like the ones in Power DX7’s medley.

Law & Order: SVU Acoustic Cover

Law & Order: SVU Acoustic Cover

Musician Dave Rucci’s wife really likes Law & Order: SVU, so he decided to record something special for her. Listen and enjoy as Dave plays composer Mike Post’s familiar theme song entirely on acoustic guitars. We actually think it sounds better than the original. What do you think?

Brown Eyed Girl in a Minor Key

Brown Eyed Girl in a Minor Key

Musician Marc Durkee took Van Morrison’s 1967 upbeat-sounding classic Brown Eyed Girl and turned it into something more appropos of its lyrics about lost love. Durkee’s version is a supremely sad and emotional ballad, courtesy of a key change.

Star Wars on Boomwhackers

Star Wars on Boomwhackers

The members of HarvardTHUD whack out another entertaining performance with a fun and unusual medley of music from John Williams’ Star Wars scores. We were really hoping they’d find a way to work in Cantina Band though.

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