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Some Nights: Choir Edition

Some Nights: Choir Edition

The talented vocalists of Stellenbosch University Choir performed this enveloping cover of the 2012 Fun. track Some Nights, giving the song a rich and layered new sound with a hint of South African flair. The performance took place at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre and was wonderfully arranged by Tom Anderson.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer

“It’s been a long time since I made a new friend… waiting on another black summer to end.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers just dropped their first new song in six years. The intro track off their album Unlimited Love also marks the return of producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante. The album drops 4.1.22.

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Easy Listening Monster Band

Easy Listening Monster Band

Need to take the edge off of a hard week? Put on your headphones, take a sip of your favorite spirit, and listen to some smooth jams from the Monster Quintet. This series of easy listening musical interludes was produced for the Sesame Place theme parks back in the 1980s and is a must-watch Muppet fans.

The Book of Boba Fett Cello Cover

The Book of Boba Fett Cello Cover

Between the excellent theme music for The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, Ludwig Göransson is setting himself as the Star Wars franchise’s new go-to composer. Sit back and enjoy this great cover of the Boba Fett theme performed in three parts on cello by Nicholas Yee.

The Empire Strikes Axe

The Empire Strikes Axe

Star Wars tribute band Galactic Empire bangs out an awesome hard rock cover version of John Williams’ The Imperial March, giving the Empire’s most iconic theme song an appropriately razor-sharp edge to accompany all of their evil deeds. Even Emperor Palpatine approves, and he’s not easy to please.

Queens of the Stone Age on Slide Guitar

Queens of the Stone Age on Slide Guitar

Dan Dubuque is back with another phenomenal solo slide guitar performance. This time, he takes on on the 2002 Queens of the Stone Age track, Go with the Flow, which also happens to be one of our favorite songs of all time.

When You Can’t Afford a Piano

When You Can’t Afford a Piano

It used to be if you wanted to play piano, you needed an actual piano. But with modern synthesizers, software, and controllers, you can play pretty much any instrument without having one. Composerily proves that point with a performance of Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca on an MIDI Fighter 64 8×8 controller.

Get Low: Swing Edition

Get Low: Swing Edition

(PG-13: Language) If Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz recorded music back in the 1930s, it might have sounded something like this. There I Ruined It took the 2009 track Get Low and crunked it up swing style. Skeet-skeet that slide whistle!

The Object-Spawning Keyboard

The Object-Spawning Keyboard

DoodleChaos loves to create visualizations of music. While they usually use programs like Minecraft, Planet Coaster, and Line Rider, they made this video with a custom Unity program that reads MIDI files and drops an object each time a key is pressed. As the music progresses, the density of the falling Tetrominoes goes insane.

Doctor Mix’s Top 10 Synthesizers

Doctor Mix’s Top 10 Synthesizers

Since the late 1960s, synthesizers have become a critical component of music production – especially in genres like alternative, pop, and dance. Musician and synth enthusiast Doctor Mix walks us through the ten most famous and essential electronic music makers of all time, along with examples of the sounds they each produce.

Playing Pictures on a Keyboard

Playing Pictures on a Keyboard

We’ve seen how you can make music by drawing images in a MIDI sequencer program, but musician GLASYS has got that beat, performing his songs live on a keyboard to produce drawings in the sequencer. Watch him play some musical Pac-Man, take a bite out of the Apple logo, and quack like a duck.

Black Sabbath in an Elevator

Black Sabbath in an Elevator

Musician Marcin Patrzalek shows off his blazing fast fingers once again with a flamboyant cover version of Black Sabbath’s 1970 track Paranoid. It’s a bit overcomplicated compared to the original, but it’s still incredibly entertaining.

The Hydra

The Hydra

This insane three-headed instrument is the brainchild of musician Steve Vai and guitar-maker Ibanez. It combines a fretless 12-string neck, a half-fretless bass neck, a seven-string guitar neck, plus an electric harp at its base. This beautiful beast was designed by Moti Kashiuchi and crafted by Kazuya Kuroki of Ibanez Japan.

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Dabadeeteque

Dabadeeteque

Ice age coming. Ice age coming. Blue are the people here. Remixer Willam Maranci is a master at combining songs that don’t seem to belong together. One of our recent favorites is this combo of Radiohead’s climate change chant Idioteque and Eiffel 65’s Eurodance hit Blue. It’s as unlikely a successful pairing as ham and pineapple.

Whammy Davis Jr. Whammy Bar

Whammy Davis Jr. Whammy Bar

Musician Rob Scallon was searching around for interesting guitars and accessories, and came across this oddity from Chibson called the Whammy Davis Jr. It replaces a whammy bar with a 4-foot coil of metal that produces a warbled sound. It’s not something that belongs on every song, but it is a cool analog gimmick.

A Very Fast French Song

A Very Fast French Song

Pomplamoose lead singer Nataly Dawn proves yet again she can sing the heck out of anything. This time, she’s accompanied by fellow vocalist Sarah Dugas and a full band for a wonderful cover of the track Vesoul by Jacques Brel that will transport you to the streets of Paris. From the French language album Impossible à Prononcer.

Heavy Metal Gordon Ramsay

Heavy Metal Gordon Ramsay

(PG-13: Language) Guitarist Andre Antunes is at it again – adding a heavy metal soundtrack to video clips that could benefit from musical accompaniment. This time, he took the angry tirades of Gordon Ramsay berating chefs on Hell’s Kitchen and amped up their intensity to 11.

Heavy Metal Drummer x ABBA

Heavy Metal Drummer x ABBA

Musician Seth Everman takes a moment to step away from his keyboard to bang on the drums. To spice things up a bit, he used them to add a whole new rhythm track to ABBA’s 1975 classic Mamma Mia. Seth, we challenge you to do the same with Herb Alpert’s theme from Casino Royale next.

Where’s Bowie in Berlin? Jigsaw Puzzle

Where’s Bowie in Berlin? Jigsaw Puzzle
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This fun puzzle was inspired by David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy. Illustrated by Kev Gahan, the 500-piece puzzle features a scene of 1970s West Berlin filled with all kinds of colorful people, and Bowie scattered in the crowd in his various personas. There’s another Where’s Bowie? puzzle that takes place on the Moon.

The History of Heavy Metal Music

The History of Heavy Metal Music

While heavy metal music started to pick up steam in the 1970s and 1980s, its roots originate in 1950s and 1960s rock. Musician Andrea Boma Boccarusso looks back at the history of the genre with a medley of metal examples accompanied by descriptions, artists, and albums that typified each era.

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Zombie: Horror/Cyberpunk Edition

Zombie: Horror/Cyberpunk Edition

(Flashing Images) Last Halloween, the Melodicka Bros. took The Cranberries’ 1994 track Zombie and reimagined it as a gloomy, synth-heavy track that could have easily have been a track on the Depeche Mode album Music for the Masses.

100-Voice Halo Choir

100-Voice Halo Choir

Vocalist Matthew Van Ness has impressed us with his orchestral vocal covers of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park themes. This time, he did something a little different, but similarly entertaining by turning 100 copies of his voice into the choir from the familiar opening theme from Halo video game series.

Minor Key Sweet Caroline

Minor Key Sweet Caroline

Oleg Berg’s YouTube channel is packed with popular songs electronically reworked into a minor or major key. This version of the crowd favorite Neil Diamond track Sweet Caroline has a decidedly more foreboding sound to it than the original, and as one observant commenter pointed out, it could be the theme to a James Bond movie.

Mortal Kombat A Cappella

Mortal Kombat A Cappella

The members of Korean a cappella act MayTree turn in a spot-on vocal version of the original theme song from Mortal Kombat, complete with the whole “Test Your Might” part and the character intros. Get out your gamepads and start mashing those buttons!

Sprayer: Crazy Black Magic

Sprayer: Crazy Black Magic

Let’s go crazy… down in this Hell. Bill McClintock imagines a world where Prince and Slayer could perform on the same stage, combining bits of Let’s Go Crazy, Black Magic, Angel of Death, Seasons in the Abyss, and War Ensemble, with a dash of Van Halen’s I’m the One and Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love for added flavor.

Studio 666 (Trailer)

Studio 666 (Trailer)

In this horror-comedy flick, the Foo Fighters look for an inspiring location to write and record their new album. They end up choosing a creepy haunted mansion as their recording studio, and things go off the rails when Dave Grohl becomes obsessed and possessed. In theaters 2.25.2022.

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