Radiohead’s Paranoid Android is about a young man who feels alienated by a materialistic world. Super Mario 64 is about a plumber trying to rescue a princess. You’d think they’d have nothing in common, but on4word managed to create a version of the in the steel drum style of the game’s soundtrack.
The latest LUMI keyboard controller from Roli offers more musical expression than ever. It has per-key pitch-bending, polyphonic aftertouch, and each key has colorful LED illumination. Each one has magnetic connectors on its sides, so you can join multiple 24-key modules into a 48, 72, or 96-key keyboard.
Richard Rey aka Office Drummer, has a unique skill. He accepts song requests, then live streams an improvised drum beat regardless of whether or not he’s played it before. His performances include Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic, Outkast’s Hey Ya!, Green Day’s Brain Stew/Jaded, and MGMT’s Electric Feel.
Mashup maker Bill McClintock combined tracks from two bands at opposite ends of the musical spectrum: Steely Dan and Mötley Crüe. The result is a delicious blend of jazz, rock, and heavy metal. Listen closely, and you might hear some Ted Nugent and Van Halen too.
Harpist Kristan Toczko offers up an early Halloween treat with this seamless medley of music from Call of Duty: Black Ops – Zombies, Halloween, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead. Then she finishes things off with a little bit of Still Dre. We also love her cover of The Simpsons theme.
The latest Moog theremin has a five-octave range and improved bass response. It can also be used as a pitch, volume, and gate controller for modular synthesizers. It has a hardwood cabinet and quick-release brass-plated antennas, and can produce some amazing sounds – as demonstrated by The Octopus Project.
Musician Luca Stricagnoli is known for his captivating acoustic guitar arrangements. His performance of the Dire Straits track Money for Nothing offers a unique take on the 1985 hit, combining fingerstyle playing with the twangy sounds of a reverse slide neck, an accessory created by Luca and luthier Davide Serracini.
We’ve been following musician Luna Lee and her outstanding Korean-style arrangements of popular tunes for some time. Along the way, we missed one of her best covers ever, this 2016 performance of the Foo Fighters 1997 hit Everlong. She really rocked this one out with those layered gayageum tracks.
Redditor AWildWilson found out that their landlord Julian Fuego is a musician in his spare time. It turns out he’s really good. His music video for the buzzworthy Tonight on the Cross is a perfect example of the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.” We’re hoping this music video blows up.
During an interview with Julian Shapiro-Barnum of Recess Therapy, a seven-year-old boy named Tariq charmed the entire world with his enthusiasm for corn on the cob. Now this viral video has been transformed into a song by schmoyoho, aka The Gregory Brothers. We can’t imagine a more beautiful thing.
Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack from Interstellar is a masterpiece of cinematic music. Musician Jamie Dupuis performed this stellar version of movie’s main theme on his 20-string harp guitar. The beautiful sunset setting for the video makes viewing even more enveloping than the music itself. Headphones recommended.
Andre Antunes takes a momentary break from riffing on viral videos to perform a new arrangement of the Metallica track Master of Puppets as if it was performed by Muse. He does an amazing job capturing the nuances of the arena rock masters while creating an awesome new version of a classic metal track.
The Rockin’ 1000 assembled once again for a concert in Paris, France. This time, the biggest rock band on Earth got together to perform a cover of the 1981 Queen and David Bowie track Under Pressure. The group is always recruiting, and is currently looking for musicians to play their first gig in Brazil.
Van Halen and Tesla were both rocking out stadiums in the 1980s. The latter even opened for David Lee Roth at one point. Franzoli Electronics brought VH and Tesla together for a brief performance, but in this case, we’re talking about a trio of high-voltage tesla coils playing some of Eddie Van Halen’s epic guitar riffs.
We’ve heard some pretty fantastic performances on the marimba over the years, but these guys from Zimbabwe’s Hillcrest College Marimba Band have got way more flair. Here’s a video of the spirited performance that won them the 2017 Marimba Cup Challenge. Here’s footage from another one of their shows.
The Offspring’s Come Out and Play is one of the best-known pop-punk tracks of the 1990s. We had no idea it would work so well as a Klezmer band tune. That’s Robyn Adele Anderson on lead vocals, Matt Dallow on Accordion, Tom Jorgensen on Drums, Georgia Weber on Bass, Ben Golder-Novick on Clarinet, and Tiffany Weiss on Violin.
Guitarist Marcin Patrzalek is back with another fantastic acoustic performance. His arrangement of Für Elise might not be the most traditional take on the familiar tune, but it’s the most dynamic and vibrant version of the Beethoven classic that we’ve ever heard.
Heavy metal musician Leo Moracchioli busts out the banjo and euphonium for this oompah-rock cover version of Mungo Jerry’s classic skiffle track In the Summertime. The only thing Leo neglected to do was grow out some epic sideburns like Mungo lead singer Ray Dorset wore.
Rap duo Joey Valence and Brae have a sound much like the Beastie Boys. But it’s their intentionally lo-fi music video that got our attention. Their goal was simple – shoot it from the worst camera angles. It’s mostly a 360º camera view that they didn’t convert to VR. They took a similar approach for Watch Yo Step. (Thanks, Rob!)
Remix artist William Maranci created this musical mashup which uses the catchy music from The Home Depot commercials as its hook. The track incorporates diverse sound bites like Funky Cold Medina, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Work Bitch, and Here in My Garage. From William’s new album The Flamingo Café.
Here’s another cool AI-generated video. Like SolarProphet did before, Daara used Midjourney to create a sequence of haunting and dystopian images based on the lyrics to the Styx classic, Renegade. Oh mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of Cyberdyne Systems.
(Spoilers) Now that Better Call Saul is over, we’re thinking about rewatching both it and Breaking Bad from start to finish. Space Ponder re-edited Jimmy and Kim’s final moments with the same song that played at the end of Felina, Badfinger’s Baby Blue, and it works surprisingly well.
Thanks in large part to its interpolation of The Clash’s Straight to Hell, the track Paper Planes has one of the catchiest hooks ever. But M.I.A’s additions make it even better. The Unusual Suspect assembled 210 movie clips to make it appear look like they’re singing the song. The gunfire from Pulp Fiction is most effective.
Given the nature of our website, we’re self-admittedly a bit materialistic. But that’s because there’s just too much cool new stuff out there. Daniel Thrasher is going through a similar problem and he wrote a little novelty song about his obsession with shiny new objects.
During their 28 years together, Daft Punk used lots of synthesizers and electronic equipment to make their music. But as far as we recall, tesla coils were not in their arsenal. Thankfully, we have Franzoli Electronics, who used his high-voltage noise-makers to play an awesome cover version of Around the World.