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Orchestra

Super Mario Orchestra

Super Mario Orchestra

The 8-Bit Big Band breathes new life into the soundtrack from the NES classic Super Mario Bros., with an energetic performance of the theme music from the game’s first two worlds by a full orchestra and a chorus providing vocal accompaniment.

Ben Folds Composes Live

Ben Folds Composes Live

During a recent appearance at The Kennedy Center, musician Ben Folds showed off his ability to rapidly improvise, as he composed an entire song live in less than 10 minutes, including all the parts for the National Symphony Orchestra so they could play along.

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Doctor Who: Orchestral Cover

Doctor Who: Orchestral Cover

Pisces Rising presents a larger-than-life rendition of the iconic theme song from Doctor Who, with the Junges Vokalensemble Hannover adding lyricized vocals to the tune, based on “a mix of Sanskrit, faux Latin and various Doctor Who planets/references.”

Schism: Orchestral Edition

Schism: Orchestral Edition

Nick Proch and his Metamorphestra perform a truly enthralling symphonic take on Tool’s classic Schism. One YouTube commenter smartly observed that it should be part of the soundtrack for a sci-fi film. From the upcoming album, The Ship of Theseus.

The Vegetable Orchestra

The Vegetable Orchestra

Great Big Story takes a look an unusual group of musicians based in Vienna, Austria who play just like any other orchestra, except their instruments are perishable, and must be freshly harvested before each performance. Watch a complete concert here.

The Extreme Minuet

The Extreme Minuet

We can only imagine how many attempts it took to get this right, as a line of 43 people tossed coins into liquid-filled beakers to play back a passage from one of Mozart’s minuets. Though you can only hear the notes when played back in slow motion.

Hot Chili Orchestra

Hot Chili Orchestra

Chili Klaus convinced the of The Danish National Chamber Orchestra to play Tango Jalousie while eating insanely spicy peppers. Surprisingly, they toughed it out until the end without missing a note. The aftermath, on the other hand…

Killing in the Name of the Orchestra

Killing in the Name of the Orchestra

Nick Proch’s epic arrangement of Rage Against the Machine’s 1992 anthem Killing in the Name played on flutes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, violins, cellos, piano and any other instrument the band never used. Want more? Hit Kickstarter.

Unemployment Flashmob

Unemployment Flashmob

The radio program Carne Cruda 2.0 organized a flashmob to play Here Comes the Sun at a Madrid unemployment office and share rays of hope with some of the 1 in 4 Spaniards down on their luck.

Trinity Plays Daft Punk

Trinity Plays Daft Punk

Trinity Orchestra, Ireland’s only fully student run orchestra, recently played Daft Punk’s Discovery – the first ever live full orchestral performance of the music of the beloved band. (Thanks Larry!)

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