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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.