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Buddy Holly: Metal Edition

Buddy Holly: Metal Edition

We recently learned what it might have sounded like if Weezer recorded Nirvana’s Come As You Are. Now listen to a Weezer song bestowed with a heavy metal growl, courtesy of resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli. What’s with these homies dissin’ his girl?

Flamethrower Pipe Organ

Flamethrower Pipe Organ

While at the 2021 Transworld Halloween and Attractions Show in St. Louis, music director Tom BetGeorge (of Halloween lightshow fame) showed off his keyboard skills by playing Bach’s ominous Toccata and Fugue in D minor on a pipe organ that breathes fire as its keys are pressed. The organ was built by Johnathan Elkins.

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Leaving on a Grunge Plane

Leaving on a Grunge Plane

There I Ruined It manages to destroy two songs at the same time, turning John Denver’s (and later Peter, Paul, and Mary’s) folk classic Leaving on a Jet Plane into Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box. Or is it the other way around? Honestly, you can ruin any song in seconds just by adding a slide whistle.

Imagine Electronic Dragons

Imagine Electronic Dragons

In case you’re unfamiliar with Device Orchestra, they’re a band made up out of electronic gadgets and appliances. Here, they perform a wonderfully buzzy cover of Imagine Dragons’ Believer, with the toothbrush on leads, accompanied by a toaster, a PS2 controller, a typewriter, a steam iron, and two credit card machines.

50 Pianos, 1 Song

50 Pianos, 1 Song

To celebrate his 500,000th YouTube subscriber, musician PACIL created this lighthearted video in which he plays 50 different instruments, most of which could be considered a piano of some sort. He even included a Keytar, and a couple of those piano mats like the one Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia stomped on in Big.

Paint It, Black: Bardcore Edition

Paint It, Black: Bardcore Edition

Constantine Bard presents a sweeping medieval-style cover version of The Rolling Stones’ 1966 hit song Paint It, Black. While we love how the original adds so much depth with Brian Jones’ sitar playing, this version feels even more epic in its scope.

Soren Madsen: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Soren Madsen: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Danish guitarist Soren Madsen turns in an exceptional performance of Ennio Morricone’s theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. You can find tabs for the arrangement on Soren’s website, and be sure to check out more of his performance videos, including a great version of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

SampleTron 2

SampleTron 2

IK Multimedia’s virtual instrument can replicate the rich and emotive sounds of tape-based samplers like the Mellotron. SampleTron 2 comes with over 400 virtual tape tracks, including choir, strings, brass, organ, piano, bass, synths, and vocoders. You can also load your own samples and run them through the tape sound engine.

MIDI-controlled Slide Whistle

MIDI-controlled Slide Whistle

The slide whistle is one of the goofiest-sounding musical instruments out there. Now, thanks to the engineering smarts of mitxela, we’ve now got a way for a computer to play music on a slide whistle using MIDI commands. It uses a pair of servos and a scissor mechanism to move the slide, and a pump to blow into it.

Eclectic Method: Kung Fu

Eclectic Method: Kung Fu

Remix master Eclectic Method chopped up pieces of classic martial arts action to create this entertaining music video. Watch closely, and you’ll see that every punch, kick, swoosh, and shout is part of the rhythm. For some reason we’re reminded of Parappa the Rapper.

LaserCube Piano Key Demo

LaserCube Piano Key Demo

Wicked Lasers shows off a neat use for its LaserCube programmable laser projector and LaserOS software. By syncing up the laser’s beams with MIDI keypresses they’re able to project colorful lights onto the keys of a synthesizer, synced perfectly with the music being performed.

Immigrant Song: Jazz Edition

Immigrant Song: Jazz Edition

Singer Robyn Adele Anderson applies her smooth and emotive vocals to this unique cover version of Led Zeppelin’s classic Immigrant Song. The jazzy arrangement is very different from the original’s aggressive guitars and wailing vocals, but it’s no less intriguing.

The U.S. Army Band: The Mandalorian

The U.S. Army Band: The Mandalorian

Members of the U.S. Army Band celebrated this past May the Fourth with a great orchestral version of Ludwig Göransson’s emotive and exotic theme from The Mandalorian. The performance is filled with wonderful woods and big brass sounds, but it’s strange to see musicians playing wind instruments with masks on.

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Typewriter Beats

Typewriter Beats

A few years back, John Lagomarsino of The Verge recorded the sounds of various keyboards and edited them together to create a catchy and rhythmic track. The dozen keyboards used include a vintage IBM PC mechanical keyboard, a classic Olympia manual typewriter, and an Apple eMate portable computer.

Ferrell and Grohl Sing Leather and Lace

Ferrell and Grohl Sing Leather and Lace

(PG-13: Language) Back in 2008, comedian and actor Will Ferrell joined musician Dave Grohl on stage for an unlikely but hilarious performance. Sit back and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime duet of Stevie Nicks and Don Henley’s 1981 classic Leather and Lace.

More Dunkey More Problems

More Dunkey More Problems

Videogamedunkey presents the debut single off of his fictitious album “Yo Peter, pass me the meatballs.” The prolific video game reviewer offers up a rap about his mad YouTube and gaming skillz set to the tune of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Mo Money Mo Problems, which itself is set to the tune of Diana Ross’ I’m Coming Out.

40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

The members of 40 Fingers put their capable digits to good use with this awesome four-part cover of the Dire Straits track Sultans of Swing. They did Mark Knopfler and company proud with this richly-layered acoustic arrangement of the rock classic.

Green Day on a Pipe Organ

Green Day on a Pipe Organ

A pipe organ is about the last instrument that comes to mind when we think of the pop-punk sounds of Green Day. But Wir sind da likes to defy expectations. So here it is in all its glory – a cover of Boulevard of Broken Dreams on a church organ. Check out their channel for more unexpected covers, including some Backstreet Boys.

Baby Got Bach

Baby Got Bach

There I Ruined It destroys another popular track. This time they combined the Sir-Mix-A-Lot hit Baby Got Back with the classical sounds of J.S. Bach, under the direction of conductor Leonard Bernstein. Our anacondas don’t want none of this.

Alugalug Cat x The Kiffness

Alugalug Cat x The Kiffness

Musician The Kiffness took footage of a strange-sounding kitty known as the “Alugalug Cat” and turned it into a smooth and mellow groove, adding just the right mix of electronic beats and velvety vocals to the cat’s melodic meows.

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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.

Can’t Get You Out of My Metal Head

Can’t Get You Out of My Metal Head

Kylie Minogue’s 2001 pop hit Can’t Get You Out of My Head is one of those songs you just can’t get out of your head. Leo Moracchioli’s heavy metal spin on the track is just as much of an earworm, though it might make them bleed more.

Mozart on Banjo Guitar

Mozart on Banjo Guitar

We’re used to musician Luca Stricagnoli performing fingerstyle arrangements of popular music on guitar. This time, Luca turned his attention to a classical composition – Mozart’s Serenade in G from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and played it on a six-string banjo. We love how he used that little bow to make violin sounds.

Foo Fighters: Back in Black

Foo Fighters: Back in Black

During their appearance at VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, Foo Fighters performed a version of the rock classic Back in Black. To help celebrate their first concert in front of an audience in over a year, they invited AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson to perform lead vocals. (Thanks Harriet!)

The Empire Strikes Back Symphonic Suite on Vinyl

The Empire Strikes Back Symphonic Suite on Vinyl

For the first time since 1980, John Willams’ special concert suite from The Empire Strikes Back is being pressed on vinyl. The disc comes in black vinyl from Varèse Sarabande, Ice Planet Hot Blue from Vinyl Me Please, Imperial Grey Marble at Newbury Comics, and Cloud City Orange at Canada’s Sunrise Records.

Paranoid on Harp Guitar

Paranoid on Harp Guitar

Musician Jamie Dupuis offers up a great acoustic cover version of the 1970 Black Sabbath classic Paranoid, performed on his unusual hybrid string instrument that combines a guitar and a harp. This arrangement replaces the angry electric sounds of the original with a softer, but still ominous sound.

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