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Sandstorm on Toothbrushes

Sandstorm on Toothbrushes

The consistently silly and entertaining Device Orchestra is back to perform another track, taking on Darude’s 2000 dance hit Sandstorm, played on an electric typewriter, some credit card terminals, and a pair of electric toothbrushes. The googly eyes mean they now earn union scale for their performances.

Eclectic Method: Boom Bang

Eclectic Method: Boom Bang

Musician and video artist Jonny Wilson of Eclectic Method decided to soften the devastating blow of war movies by replacing the sounds of guns, explosions, and war machines with joyful sound effects made by little kids.

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2 Musicians, 1 Guitar

2 Musicians, 1 Guitar

Musicians Rob Scallon and Mary Spender teamed up to perform a great cover version of The Beatles’ classic Come Together on a truly unique instrument – a two-sided acoustic with a 6-string guitar on one side, and a 4-string bass on the other.

Sesame Street Sabotage

Sesame Street Sabotage

Mashup master Mylo the Cat diced up footage from the 1985 Sesame Street flick Follow That Bird to create a muppet version of the video for Beastie Boys’ 1994 classic Sabotage. The only thing missing are the cheesy ’70s mustaches.

Batman Rock Medley

Batman Rock Medley

Musician Niall Stenson takes us on a journey through more than 50 years of live-action Batman TV and movies with this awesome medley from the Dark Knight’s various appearances, and his consistently epic theme music.

A Song About Birds

A Song About Birds

(PG-13: Language) The Van Vuuren Bros. present a little song about our fine-feathered friends, most of whom they really like, except maybe one. If you thought pigeons were rats with wings, wait until you meet a flock of Ibises down under.

Shared BPM Music Videos

Shared BPM Music Videos

Lewis Wake has taken a variety of clips from movies, and swapped out the music with other songs that play at a similar number of beats per minute. Some of our favorites are Back to the Future with Beastie Boys, Napoleon Dynamite’s dance with Cher, and Blues Brothers with Kaiser Chiefs.

Highway to Ukulele Hell

Highway to Ukulele Hell

The musicians of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain take on an unexpected tune, AC/DC’s 1979 hit Highway to Hell. Despite the unusual choice of instruments for the hard rock track, they do it with aplomb. There’s even a finger-bleeding solo at 2:00.

Lekholm DM48 MIDI Harmonica

Lekholm DM48 MIDI Harmonica

Like a real harmonica, Lekholm’s musical tech senses its player’s breathing both in and out, but it outputs those modulations as MIDI signals for controlling synthesizers. The example performance is Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to, using a Yamaha VL70-m acoustic sound module.

Pirates of the Carribean: Piano Cover

Pirates of the Carribean: Piano Cover

Avast ye, and shiver me timbers! Musician Peter Bence is back with another rousing grand piano cover, this time taking on the familiar theme music from Pirates of the Caribbean, composed by Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt. This guy can tickle our ivories any day.

Change the World on Harpejji

Change the World on Harpejji

Mathieu Terrade is an expert at playing the Harpejji G16, a wooden string instrument with a flat backboard, 16 strings, and 19 ultra-wide frets. His YouTube channel is filled with great performances, but his cover of Eric Clapton’s Change the World is one of our faves.

Rhapsody of Queen

Rhapsody of Queen

Pianist Eshan Denipitiya presents a virtuosic medley of three classic Queen tracks performed flawlessly on the grand piano. He goes on to ask us which is our favorite, but can you really choose between Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions? and We Will Rock You?

Beatboxing by B-ART

Beatboxing by B-ART

Swissbeatbox shared this footage of champion beatboxer B-ART at the 2019 Florida Beatbox Festival, as he captivated the crowd with his insane microphone and noise-making skills in a truly fast and furious performance. Who needs a drum machine with this guy around?

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Johnny B. Goode: Fingerstyle

Johnny B. Goode: Fingerstyle

Back in 2016, musician Marcos Kaiser recorded this excellent cover version of Chuck Berry’s 1958 track Johnny B. Goode. As one of rock and roll’s seminal tracks, it sounds great in this acoustic fingerstyle arrangement. Just try not to get your groove on when he starts playing.

Lusine: Not Alone

Lusine: Not Alone

In POLY|C’s vibrant music video for Lusine’s smooth electronic track Not Alone, a young engineer works on an neural interface which transports her to a mysterious virtual world. But the lines between the real and imagined worlds blur the deeper she journeys. From the EP Retrace and featuring vocals by Jenn Champion.

The Sound of Skateboarding

The Sound of Skateboarding

(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more that 650 different sounds that skateboards make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.

Layla: Funk Cover

Layla: Funk Cover

Scary Pockets turns in another wonderfully funky cover of a classic tune, this time taking on Derek and The Dominos’ 1970 track Layla. Though this time, they left the comfort of their studio and recorded the performance live at DC’s Union Stage. That’s Jacob Luttrell kicking out the soulful lead vocals and keys.

Willy Wonkska

Willy Wonkska

We always enjoy listening to Ska Tune Network’s performances, and this might be our favorite yet. Crank up your headphones, and tune in for Jeremy Hunter’s smooth and jazzy ska cover of Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Mario Grand Piano Medley

Mario Grand Piano Medley

Classical pianist Martin Leung dropped by the University of Michigan’s Britton Recital Hall to perform a medley of tracks from the world of Mario Bros., kicking things off with the classic Super Mario Bros. theme – and just to show off, he did that first bit blindfolded. If it seems familiar, he first performed the medley back in 2007.

Bonobo: No Reason

Bonobo: No Reason

Reminiscent of the best in-camera visual trickery of the mighty Michel Gondry, director Oscar Hudson’s incredible music video for Bonobo and Nick Murphy’s chillwave track was created using forced perspectives with “a very small camera… and a very big set.”

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Famous Vocoder Songs

Famous Vocoder Songs

From Earth, Wind, and Fire to Kraftwerk to ELO, the vocoder has been part of some of the most famous dance, disco, and electronic tracks ever. Musician Doctor Mix shows off his vocoder skills along with his nifty Behringer VC340, a modern day synthesizer that replicates the analog sounds of the ’70s and ’80s.

Red Hot Chili Smashup

Red Hot Chili Smashup

The consistently entertaining and enthralling Pomplamoose presents a fun recording that seamlessly blends Smash Mouth’s unkillable hit All Star with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ tracks Can’t Stop and Californication. That opening bass riff is still one of the best ever.

Shallow Radio Ga Ga

Shallow Radio Ga Ga

Remix artist Entyme mashed up Queen’s 1984 stadium anthem Radio Ga Ga with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-winning track from A Star Is Born, combining two epic tracks into one, then accompanied them with a completely nonsensical video.

Japanese James Brown

Japanese James Brown

Zainichi Funk’s 2011 track Bakudan Kowai (“Scary Bomb”) showcases what James Brown might sound like in one of those ridiculously oddball alternative universes that turns up on Rick and Morty, in which James Brown is replaced with a diminutive Japanese man.

Cartoon Piano Medley

Cartoon Piano Medley

Not too long ago, we enjoyed pianist Florian Mohr’s medley of hip-hop tunes, and now he’s back with a compilation of 40 themes from cartoon and anime TV series, from Family Guy to The Flintstones, to Spongebob Squarepants, along with a handful of lesser known shows.

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