North Korea isn’t known for its sense of humor. But with a little nudge from There I Ruined It, The Central Military Band of the Korean People’s Army is forced into performing the Monty Python song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from The Meaning of Life. Now try this with Every Sperm Is Sacred.
This wildly inventive 60-second promo spot for Amazon Music combines a variety of different filmmaking techniques including stop-motion, 2D and 3D animation, rotoscoping, and even puppetry – each executed with top-notch quality. Directed by Stevie Gee & Essy May for Blink.
As part of the 2022 Aberdeen Jazz Festival in Scotland, musician Michael Owers performed on trombone in the empty Bon Accord Baths, and the wonderful echoes that it produced are everything you could hope for. It turns out that strings also sound amazing in the same setting, as violinist Victoria Field demonstrated.
Musician Joe Porter is back with another one of his rapid-fire instrumental performances. This time he offers up an all-too-short medley of three cartoon music. The Tom and Jerry theme sounds particularly good on the Slap-o-Phone, which sounds like something the cat and mouse would use in one of their fights.
It’s hard to get a cat to do anything on command, so we’re impressed that this musician managed to train his cat Badu to meow along whenever he snaps his fingers and points. Now that we think about it, it’s really Badu that’s in charge and making his human perform on command.
You know two things we don’t think of when we hear the Kelis song Milkshake? Norway and heavy metal. Yet, here we are with another vigorous rock performance by Oltedal, Norway’s resident metalhead Leo Morachiolli, and this time he’s here to bring all the boys to the yard.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the Super Mario Bros. theme performed on violin, but musician Teppei Okada’s version adds all the appropriate sound effects to a few different levels of the classic Nintendo platformer. He’s done the same for F-ZERO and Super Mario Kart among others.
The 1,500-edition What Does Regret Mean? is a hypervisual retrospective of one of the world’s most outrageous bands. Aaron Tanner’s arty scrapbook features a cacophony of photos, flyers, and thoughts from contemporaries like Jello Biafra, Rob Zombie, and Henry Rollins, plus a repro of the band’s deranged ‘zine, Strange VD.
At NYC’s MoMA, composer Dorit Chrysler used the movements of iconic Calder mobiles to control Theremins, musical instruments played without physical contact. As the metal sculptures moved, they produced sounds by affecting the electromagnetic fields of the Theremins, resulting in a musical “collaboration.”
Musician Lorenzo Vaccaro is very good at playing the piano. In this TikTok clip he shows just how fast he can make his fingers fly across the keyboard with an insane 152 BPM performance of the supposedly impossible MIDI track Rush E. His Maple Leaf Rag is equally impressive.
R3DUX Studios and xystvyry Productions carefully selected footage from The Simpsons and Futurama that perfectly illustrate the lyrics from Pink Floyd’s Brain Damage, a song that befits Homer Simpson more than any other character. They’ve created animated music videos for Time and High Hopes too.
Playing a brass or wind instrument requires good breath control. But if you want to hold a note indefinitely, you need to master circular breathing, which allows musicians to refill their lungs through the nose while breathing out through the mouth. This talented horn player clearly has got the technique figured out.
Vlogger Tom Scott teamed up with musician and producer Beardyman to create a track in real time. Fans provided the lyrics, Tom recorded the vocals, and Beardy used a variety of digital techniques to transform it all into an energetic electronic hyperpop tune.
Let’s face it. Some people look better wearing hats than others. Brian David Gilbert fits into the latter category and has turned his insecurities about wearing head coverings into a poetic little tune. We can totally relate to the “is that a style or bad cosplay” remark.
Argentinian artist Daniel Bennan creates amazing sculptures which move via a mechanism of gears and bent wire. Among his works are a series of automatons inspired by The Beatles, one with the Fab Four playing their instruments, and four walking machines based on John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
Filmmaker Thomas Blanchard created this captivating music video for the electronic track Bellatrix by Sébastien Guérive. He created the monochrome imagery by saturating hot water with chemicals that spontaneously crystallize when cooled. Go full screen, dim the lights, and crank up your headphones to 11 for this one.
Better known to most as the theme music from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell March suits the sounds of a pipe organ very well indeed. Turn up your speakers and enjoy this lively performance by Jonathan Scott on the big Wurlitzer in Neuadd Pendre, Tywyn, Wales.
Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run is one of the former Beatles’ best records, and one of the greatest albums of all time. One of our favorite tracks has to be Jet. Musician Leo Moracchioli hits it with his razor-sharpened edge, amping up the already energetic track to another level.
Disco and heavy metal. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate. At least that’s how we feel after listening to Bill McClintock’s unlikely mashup, which combines Donna Summer’s 1979 hit Bad Girls with Glenn Danzig’s Mother. Toot toot, hey, tell your children not to walk my way.
The Flairdrum is an unusual percussive instrument that uses PET water bottles filled with varying amounts of compressed air. The air pressure changes the surface tension of each bottle, resulting in different notes when struck. Daniel Bornmann performed this ear-soothing rendition of his track Am Anfang ist Klang.
For some reason, music from 8-bit and 16-bit games seems more memorable than most modern games. It probably has something to do with retro synthesizers drilling the sounds deeper into our brains. If you love retro game music too, hit play and listen up as BearKeys performs on a Roland Jupiter-6 synth. Part two here.
Mary Had a Little Lamb is one of the easiest songs to play on the piano. But can you play it while lying in bed with your keyboard on the other side of the room? Korean YouTuber 이름미정 has figured out a method that involves taping lengths of string to the keys, then yanking downward on them from across their bedroom.