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Why Are You Closed? Metal Edition

Why Are You Closed? Metal Edition

More than a decade ago, a video went viral featuring a rather hostile man who was really perturbed that the doors to a Toronto shopping mall were locked. Now, Andre Antunes has dusted off this Internet gem and given it the heavy metal soundtrack that it always deserved.

Wish You Were Here: Korean Edition

Wish You Were Here: Korean Edition

We always enjoy the twangy sounds of the Korean instrument known as the gayageum. Musician Luna Lee once again demonstrates her skills on the strings with a great multi-track cover version of Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic Wish You Were Here.

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Metal Tragedy

Metal Tragedy

(PG-13: Language) When the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on, it’s tragedy. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli presents an angry version of the Bee Gees’ 1979 disco hit Tragedy, a song which seems to be exceptionally relevant during these frustrating days when we can’t always be with our loved ones.

MachineCode: Every Ones & Nothings

MachineCode: Every Ones & Nothings

Animator Oskar Alvarado offers up a dramatic black-and-white vision in his music video for the MachineCode track Every Ones & Nothings. The sci-fi imagery was loosely inspired by the Incan creation myth of the Mesoamerican serpent deity, Kukulkan. (Thanks Jeffery!)

Everybody Wants to Rule the Marimba

Everybody Wants to Rule the Marimba

If there was ever a song that suited itself perfectly to the marimba, we’re going to say it’s this one. Sit back and enjoy this delightful cover version of the Tears for Fears track Everybody Wants to Rule the World, performed by Michael Charles Smith and Giorgia Capobianco.

Re:Buddha: SESONGE

Re:Buddha: SESONGE

Zone out with this soothing music video from filmmaker Kevin McGloughlin, who once again fills our rods and cones with brilliant imagery. He shot the full-spectrum infrared footage with a drone over Sligo, on the west coast of Ireland. The chill track was performed by Re: Buddha, Japanese Zen monks who create electronic music.

Making Music with a Straw

Making Music with a Straw

Most wind instruments are made from wood or brass. But it turns out that a plastic straw can be modified to make music too. This video shows how late Danish musician Peter Bastian was adept at performing on a drinking straw with holes cut in it. Flutist Naveen Kumar shows how you can make your own here.

Ozzy Osbourne Symphonic Medley

Ozzy Osbourne Symphonic Medley

Rock out with an orchestral medley of Ozzy Osbourne music as performed by Epic Symphonic Rock. It’s quite a novelty to hear tracks like Perry Mason, Crazy Train, Bark at the Moon, and No More Tears played on the violin, cello, oboe, marimba, and other symphonic instruments.

Run the Jewels: Walking in the Snow

Run the Jewels: Walking in the Snow

(PG-13: Language) Killer Mike and El-P get turned into action figures in the animated music video for Walking in the Snow. But this is no kids’ movie. Chris Hopewell’s stop-motion clip features an army of icy blue villains brutalizing ordinary citizens, and the peoples’ eventual uprising to take down their oppressors.

Seven Nation Army on Tesla Coils

Seven Nation Army on Tesla Coils

With the right circuitry and engineering skills, tesla coils can be programmed to play music. Franzoli Electronics previously wowed us with their high-voltage version of Toto’s Africa. Now they’re back with a powerful cover of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, replacing the thumpy garage rock sounds with a fuzzy electronic sound.

Time of Our Lives: 1970 to 2020

Time of Our Lives: 1970 to 2020

DJ Earworm is famous for their annual United States of Pop mashups. Rather than a single year, this clip strings together songs representing the height of pop music from the last five decades without revealing their vocals. See how many of the tracks you can identify, then check your answers in the description on YouTube.

Windows Error Remix

Windows Error Remix

Microsoft Windows has a long history of throwing annoying and cryptic error messages at us. Video artist 4096 decided to memorialize some of the operating system’s various foibles over the years with a fun-filled electronic music remix inspired by this Japanese video. MacOS even gets into the game at 1:24.

Who Sampled Kraftwerk?

Who Sampled Kraftwerk?

Eight Minutes Upside Down has created a fantastic series of videos which explore the many tracks that sampled sounds from other musicians. In this episode, you’ll hear how electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk influenced artists from Beck to Sir Mix-a-Lot to The Chemical Brothers to Miley Cyrus.

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Here Comes the Sun: Brass Edition

Here Comes the Sun: Brass Edition

Having a tough time waking up and starting your day? Let musician Seb Skelly ease you out of the funk with a cover of The Beatles’ track Here Comes the Sun that starts out slow and smooth, and ramps up into a bright and cheerful ray of light. Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…

AI Christmas Song

AI Christmas Song

What happens when you let artificial intelligence write a Christmas song? Musician Chase Holfelder wanted to find out, so he turned to the Jukebox neural network to create the lyrics, chord progression, and vocal melody of this tune, titled “Rudolph, the All-Gracious King.”

Carol of the Mandalorian

Carol of the Mandalorian

We might not be getting a Mandalorian holiday special any time soon, but if we ever do, we already have the theme song. AtinPiano’s mashup of Ludwig Göransson’s epic Mando score with the Christmas classic Carol of the Bells would fill the bill perfectly. They previously gave The Imperial March the holiday treatment.

Minor Key Jingle Bells

Minor Key Jingle Bells

Typically, when you play a song in a minor key, it just makes it sound all sad and somber. But when musicians Christopher Bill and John Romero changed the Christmas classic’s key and performed it on trumpets, it came out sounding like the music from a James Bond movie.

Figure Skating to Metallica

Figure Skating to Metallica

When you think of figure skating, Metallica isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Team USA ice dancers Oona and Gage Brown dispel that notion with this exceptionally precise performance choreographed to Nothing Else Matters, combining Metallica’s original metal ballad with a cover version by Marlisa.

Puddles f/Storm Large: Fairytale of New York

Puddles f/Storm Large: Fairytale of New York

The sad clown with the golden voice teamed up with musician Storm Large for a most excellent cover version of The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s cynical holiday classic Fairytale of New York, a song that still gives us chills every time we hear it.

Taylor Bennett: Don’t Wait Up

Taylor Bennett: Don’t Wait Up

Lamar + Nik created this clever music video for Taylor Bennett f/Mr. Hudson’s soulful hip hop track Don’t Wait Up. Rather than shooting on location, they placed the musician into scenes using the screen from an iPhone. They made the sets from cardboard, hot glue, and assorted miniatures. Behind the scenes here.

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Deck the Halls with Ozzy Osbourne

Deck the Halls with Ozzy Osbourne

Musician Aaron Gage likes a little sprinkle of heavy metal atop his holiday egg nog. To celebrate the season rock and roll style, he performed the Black Sabbath classic War Pigs, but swapped in the lyrics the Christmas classic Deck the Halls.

Tame Impala: A Girl Like You

Tame Impala: A Girl Like You

’90s kids, remember Edwyn Collins’ hit track A Girl Like You? Here’s a great cover version of the tune by Aussie electro-rockers Tame Impala that they performed for Triple J’s Like a Version series. It sounds almost identical to the original at first, but they go on to make it their own.

Dancing with Myself: Christmas Edition

Dancing with Myself: Christmas Edition

There I Ruined It wishes us a happy holiday season with a Christmas version of Billy Idol’s 1985 hit track Dancing with Myself sprinkled with a cheerful dash of Jingle Bells. It’s perfect in every way, except we would have called it “Dancing with My Elf.”

Blob Opera

Blob Opera

Google Arts and Culture and David Li present an experimental plaything that lets anyone create their own opera masterpiece. Blob Opera uses machine learning tech to create operatic sounds as you play with four blobby creatures that produce bass, tenor, mezzo-soprano, and soprano vocals. Sing and share!

Evolution of Game Music: 1972-2020

Evolution of Game Music: 1972-2020

Take a few minutes out of your day and tune into Rob Landes‘ mega-medley, in which the violinist compiles 100 great pieces of music that chronicle the history of video game soundtracks. See how many you remember. That Crash Bandicoot theme gets us every time.

VOC-25 Vocal Synthesizer

VOC-25 Vocal Synthesizer

Love Hultén has designed and built many wonderful things over the years. His latest creation is a synthesizer that moves 25 sets of mechanical teeth in concert with its keyboard. It’s both disturbing and fantastic at the same time. If the idea seems familiar, that’s because he was inspired by Simone Giertz’s toothy instrument.

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