Do you need a break from your regular music playlists? Then open up this video, hit play, and drop it into a background tab. Jorf assembled this epic 10-hour and 53-minute mix of 227 tracks programmed by various chiptune musicians and played with the classic 8-bit sounds of the Nintendo Entertainment System.
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This interactive online plaything uses a recurrent neural network to produce loops of music that you can influence by moving around and clicking on objects in its scene. Once you’ve created a sound you like, you can share a link to your tune. Find out more details about the project here.
If you’re unfamiliar with the richly-layered sounds of traditional Native American pow wow singing, you’ll want to check out this footage of Antoine Edwards and a trio of talented vocalists as they perform a song in the traditional chanted style, but with lyrics in English.
Performing under the name Goat Rodeo, musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile turn in a wonderfully stripped-down performance that combines elements of jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, and classical music. Vocalist Aoife O’Donovan accompanies the quartet for the final song “The Trappings.”
There I Ruined It upholds its sworn duty to destroy songs with yet another unwanted reworking of a classic track. This time, they took Survivor’s victorious rock anthem from Rocky III and turned it into a really bad 1950’s doo-wop song. Hit play at your own risk.
Musician Dan Dubuque continues to wow us every time he sets his fingers flying across the strings of his lap slide guitar. Crank up the volume and enjoy his awesome performance of The Pixies classic Where Is My Mind?, embellished with a great new twang. He also recently posted a sweet cover of Pumped Up Kicks.
It looks like SirTremendous could use a housekeeper, but we’ll forgive the mess in the background because his performance of the Green Hill Zone soundtrack from Sonic the Hedgehog is just too good to ignore. His YouTube channel has more great covers like Want You Gone from Portal 2 and a Star Wars medley.
When you want to show off how fast you can play, the go-to choice for many musicians is Flight of the Bumblebee. We’ve heard the tune played on all kinds of instruments, but never on a toy piano. Listen as Hayato “Cateen” Sumino lets his fingers fly across the tiny ivories, gradually increasing his speed to an insane 250 BPM.
Lots of songs share similar melodies. But we didn’t realize just how common the problem was until we watched Seth Everman’s video, in which he tries to figure out what song a familiar four-note pattern came from. Ah… so THAT was the tune he was thinking of.
The music that they create might not be the most melodic, but the way “post-electronic” London quartet Oscillatorial Binnage makes its strange and ethereal sounds certainly is creative. The band plays instruments made from recycled objects that reverberate when exposed to electromagnetic fields.
Despite having to perform from home, Billie and her brother Finneas sure look like they performed their Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices. It’s a powerfully intimate performance, with stripped back versions of the tracks “my future” and “everything i wanted.”
(PG-13: Lyrics) Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs takes on the Radiohead classic Creep, first with an impression of Thom Yorke, then belting out unique interpretations in the styles of David Bowie, Luther Vandross, and more. The Hollies and Lana Del Ray bits were a clever nod to accusations of plagiarism.
Musician Richard Jones performs a heartwarming rendition of Randy Newman’s Toy Story classic You’ve Got a Friend in Me, starting out with a pizzicato intro sequence, then using a loop pedal to turn those sounds into the rhythm for his bowed violin performance.
We’re a-lucky to get up all night! Music editor Adam Emond likes to make remixes that sound like they came from an alternative dimension. He took Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, and Nile Rodgers’ 2013 hit Get Lucky and put all of the beats in reverse chronological order. The captions are good for a laugh too.
Kevin Parker and his Tame Impala bandmates fill our ears and minds with groovy electronic beats and mellifluous vocals in this mini-concert performed at the musician’s home studio in Australia. Tracks include “Breathe Deeper,” “Is It True,” and “Patience.”
Watch a crowd slowly gather in a UK department store, as then 11-year-old Cole Lam sits down at the store’s grand piano and bangs out an amazing performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody that will make you want to sing along like Wayne and Garth. Since recording this video, Cole has continued to step up his game.
“There are times when all the world’s asleep. The questions run too deep.” Supertramp’s 1979 track The Logical Song is loaded with thoughtful poetry and brilliant instrumentation. While we don’t know if anyone will ever top the original, Pomplamoose have definitely assembled an excellent cover of the track.
’80s kids, remember when MTV was all about the music videos? An anonymous Internet Archive poster scrounged and cleaning up old VHS and DVD footage from the first hours that MTV broadcast its cable signal starting on August 1, 1981, and kicking things off with The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star… all in stereo.
From Elton John’s Rocket Man to Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart, many popular songs found their inspirations in unexpected places. Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy digs into a dozen tunes which didn’t just pop into songwriter’s heads, but came from unusual sources.
The 1980s were a good decade for music, giving us bands like Tears for Fears, The Human League, and Soft Cell along the way. To celebrate his love for the new wave, pop, and rock music from the decade of big hair and Rubik’s Cubes, stone-faced pianist Vinheteiro offers up a 5-minute concert of some of the era’s best tracks.
The Simpsons’ resident bully Nelson Muntz spends his days in Springfield, and his evenings in Midnight City. Or at least that’s what we’ve been lead to believe by Teo Domani, who figured out that Nelson’s familiar “Ha-Ha!” taunt fits perfectly into the electronic sounds of the track by M83.
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