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5-Key Piano

5-Key Piano

While musician Lord Vinheteiro claims he bought the smallest piano in the world, we beg to differ. Still the idea of a normal height upright piano with just five keys is quite the oddity. While we admire the construction, it sounds quite horrible.

Metal Down Under

Metal Down Under

Men at Work’s Australian anthem Down Under is one of the most jangly and upbeat pop songs of all time. But in the interest of leaving no musical stone unturned, resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli still managed to turn it into an angry hard rock track.

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Techno Jew’s Harp

Techno Jew’s Harp

We already know what it sounds like when 30 jew’s harp players perform a song together. Now hear how its unique and twangy sounds can be used to play techno music, courtesy of musician Ildar Gimadiev, who had us dancing to the beat by the end. (Thanks OrionFyre!)

The Sound of Silence on Bass

The Sound of Silence on Bass

Solo bass player Tommy Lee Depp takes on Simon & Garfunkel’s timeless 1964 classic The Sound of Silence, giving the track a smooth new texture that will stir your soul just as much as the original.

Black Hole Sun: Cello Cover

Black Hole Sun: Cello Cover

Break of Reality performs an emotive orchestration of Soundgarden’s 1994 hit track with three cellos providing the rich melody and harmonies, and a djembe on the rhythm track. While no string instrument can replace Chris Cornell’s vocals, we still got the feels.

Bluegrass Bad Guy

Bluegrass Bad Guy

There are a zillion covers of Billie Eilish’s hit Bad Guy out there, but we’re going to have to give our vote to Dan Davidson’s group DD and the Butterlovers and their bluegrass version. We have no idea what the deal is with their outfits, but we still say “yee-haw!”

Metal Rogers’ Neighborhood

Metal Rogers’ Neighborhood

Musician Clint Robinson puts on his best red cardigan and comfiest sneakers to rock out a death metal version of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the theme song from the classic kid’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We’re pretty sure Clint has scared all the children off of his block.

How to Daft Punk

How to Daft Punk

“Generally, Daft Punk likes to have A-Major good time.” Do you want to make music just like the robots? Then watch Imaginary Ambition’s lighthearted video tutorial, and if you work harder, better, faster, stronger, and you’re doing it right, you might just get lucky!

Fingerstyle Theme Songs

Fingerstyle Theme Songs

Musician Marcos Kaiser likes to arrange versions of classic movie, cartoon, and video game theme songs to play using fingerstyle guitar technique. The Spongebob theme is awesome, but we also enjoyed his Terminator, Star Trek, and Flintstones themes too.

World Champion Whistler

World Champion Whistler

WIRED introduces us to Sean Lomax, International Grand Champion whistler. With years of practice honing his unique skill, Sean has delighted audiences around the world. Along the way, he provides some tricks and techniques to improve your own whistling abilities. One of his secrets? Eat a peach before you pucker up and blow.

Floppa Mia

Floppa Mia

As one commenter on YouTube put it, The Floppotron is “the most consistently good performer I’ve ever heard.” We suppose there’s something to be said for a band that’s controlled by computer. So sit back and enjoy their pristine electro-noise version of the ABBA classic Mamma Mia.

The Imperial Accordion March

The Imperial Accordion March

Ukraine accordion duo Vasyl and Viktor Kravchuk turn in an impressive cover of John Williams’ Imperial March from the Star Wars saga. We can imagine Darth Vader making a typically grand entrance to the music, while an army of stormtroopers dance the polka.

Eclectic Method: Jimi Remix

Eclectic Method: Jimi Remix

YouTube has some pretty strict rules about including copyrighted music in videos, but if the snippets are short enough, you can get away with it. To see what he could get away with, remix artist Eclectic Method decided to make a whole new song entirely out of tiny bits of Jimi Hendrix tracks.

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Joywave: Obsession

Joywave: Obsession

Director Dimitri Basil’s music video for the Joywave track Obsession is both a tribute to and a loving parody of vintage movie title sequences, featuring an array of convincing, but fake opening credits for spaghetti westerns, exploitation flicks, B-movies, and much more. Quentin Tarantino would be proud.

Folk Sandstorm

Folk Sandstorm

Finnish folk band Takapotku offers a fun, acoustic take on the 1999 Darude track Sandstorm, replacing the electronic synthesizer and drum machine beats with fiddle, guitar, drums, banjo, mandolin, accordion, and flute.

Electric Hurdy Gurdy

Electric Hurdy Gurdy

The hurdy gurdy is already an unusual instrument, with its keyboard, strings, and cranked bow-wheel that rotates across them from underneath. But for the track Break Your Crank on his album Visions, musician Guilhem Desq took his hurdy gurdy to the next level, adding electronic distortion, and giving it a rock edge.

Smoothed-out Criminal

Smoothed-out Criminal

YouTube channel EveryOtherBeat has a single gimmick – removing every other beat from popular songs. Sometimes it works, and other times it’s downright strange. But in the case of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, the result is simply magical.

Heavy Stylophone Riffs

Heavy Stylophone Riffs

The Stylophone is a very basic analog electronic instrument that uses a conductive pen and a metal circuit board of “keys” as its input device. But with the help of a Digitech Whammy effects pedal and some quick pen play, maromaro1337 was able to jam out some iconic rock riffs on the monophonic keyboard. More here.

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Backwards Video Game Themes

Backwards Video Game Themes

Do you think you could recognize familiar video game theme songs played backwards? Musician Stemage’s digital album Retrogression: Vol 1, features rock versions of classic themes, played in reverse. Songs like Sorb Oriam Repus (Super Mario Bros), and Sirtet (Tetris) sound surprisingly good, and vaguely familiar.

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Fingerstyle Gangsta’s Paradise

Fingerstyle Gangsta’s Paradise

The fantastically talented Luca Stricagnoli performs a beautifully multilayered fingerstyle cover of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise, offering up a proper nod to Stevie Wonder’s original Pastime Paradise. The percussive accessory Luca is wearing on his thumb is the Guitar Ring.

Tenacious D Goes to Bogota

Tenacious D Goes to Bogota

Tenacious D documents their off-stage antics on tour in Bogota, Colombia, as they attempt to stowaway on a plane; challenge Foo Fighters and Weezer in anexplosive game of Tejo, Colombia’s national drunken sport; and the heavy heavy-metalheads demonstrate the workout that keeps them “obese instead of morbidly obese.”

Tetris: Big Band Cover

Tetris: Big Band Cover

The 8-Bit Big Band offers up another phenomenal cover of a classic video game tune. This time, they take on block-stacking fun of Tetris, adding a bit of swing and a cinematic flair to the Soviet-era sounds of the theme song.

The Simpsons: Comfortably Numb

The Simpsons: Comfortably Numb

Caio Rossi of R3DUX Studios cut together this great mashup of clips from The Simpsons, set to Pink Floyd’s 1979 classic Comfortably Numb. The Portuguese subtitles somehow make it feel even more like a depressing foreign film. His Simpsons x Futurama version of the band’s Time is also worth a watch.

Vök: In the Dark

Vök: In the Dark

Every frame’s a painting in director Elí’s music video for Icelandic band Vök. This beautiful work of animated art is the perfect complement to the smooth mix of powerful lyrics, danceable beats, and an infectious chorus. Kudos to the entire animation team for this one.

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