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Time: Grand Piano + Looper Cover

Time: Grand Piano + Looper Cover

Musician Peter Bence performs an enthralling arrangement of Hans Zimmer’s award-winning track Time from Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Working in concert with a digital looper, he creates an impressive one-man symphonic sound that both echoes and reinvents the original piece.

Some Musical Nonsense for You to Vibe to

Some Musical Nonsense for You to Vibe to

When you think about it, music is just an assemblage of brief noises sequenced together. So even though musician Daniel Thrasher calls this composition “nonsense,” it’s really not that much sillier than a a Duran Duran of a Hanson song when it comes down to it.

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The Simpsons Theme on Flute

The Simpsons Theme on Flute

Ariana Flute has some pretty great covers up on her YouTube channel, including this version of Danny Elfman’s theme song to The Simpsons. It sounds pretty awesome played on the flute, and the piano accompaniment by Ella Piknjac ain’t too shabby either. The only thing missing is Lisa on the saxophone.

The Evolution of Cartoon Music

The Evolution of Cartoon Music

From the Mickey Mouse to Muppet Babies to the latest Japanese anime, cartoons have a long history of memorable theme songs. Stoic pianist Lord Vinheteiro looks takes us back in the rewind machine with a great medley of songs from animated programs from 1928 to the present day.

’80s Piano Medley

’80s Piano Medley

The 1980s were a good decade for music, giving us bands like Tears for Fears, The Human League, and Soft Cell along the way. To celebrate his love for the new wave, pop, and rock music from the decade of big hair and Rubik’s Cubes, stone-faced pianist Vinheteiro offers up a 5-minute concert of some of the era’s best tracks.

Can’t Stop: Piano Cover

Can’t Stop: Piano Cover

In the words of the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Choose not a life of imitation.” Musician Gamazda offers up a great piano cover version of RHCP’s 2002 hit “Can’t Stop” that’s so good that it even managed to score two thumbs up from the band that created it.

LEGO Ideas Grand Piano

LEGO Ideas Grand Piano

An amazing new addition to the LEGO Ideas line-up, this fan-submitted piano design has 3662 pieces, and is actually playable. Its 25 keys move, its dampers work, and its bench height is adjustable. Plus, it works with a companion mobile app to play different songs as its keys move up and down. Available 8.1.2020.

Saloon Music Medley

Saloon Music Medley

Pianist Vinheteiro demonstrates just how important it is to play music on period-correct instruments. Listen and you’ll be transported to an old timey saloon with this medley of Scott Joplin ragtime tunes, performed on an Barthol & Berlin upright piano made that dates back to 1915.

Insanely Difficult William Tell Overture

Insanely Difficult William Tell Overture

Jacob Koller goes by the nickname “The Mad Arranger” because he loves to take relatively straightforward pieces of music and amp up the difficulty to 9000. Here, he takes Rossini’s familiar William Tell Overture and turns it into a supremely tricky jazz version. His arrangement of Mission Impossible is worth a listen too.

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.

Cartoon Piano Medley

Cartoon Piano Medley

We’ve previously enjoyed pianist Florian Mohr’s medley of hip-hop tunes. 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. How many can you name?

The Evolution of Piano

The Evolution of Piano

Musicians Scott Bradlee and Tony DeSare teamed up to record a great medley of catchy hooks from the past 300 years of piano and keyboard music. The duo assure us they recorded the close-quarters performance long before social distancing was a thing.

The Cat Concerto Live

The Cat Concerto Live

Way back when, there was a Tom and Jerry cartoon that featured Tom cat attempting to to play a concert while Jerry mouse tried to nap inside of his piano. CANACANA pays tribute to Hanna Barbera’s melding of music and animation by performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 synced up perfectly with the cartoon.

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Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic the Hedgehog is still one of the greatest platformers of all time, with memorable characters, amazing level design, and a fantastic soundtrack. Pianist Lord Vinheteiro didn’t just cover the Green Hill Zone theme song, but performed it in sync with the action on screen, complete with sound effects.

Video Killed the Piano Star

Video Killed the Piano Star

Ireland-based musician Luke T Duffy shares a wonderful piano cover of the seminal MTV classic, the Buggles’ 1979 hit Video Killed the Radio Star. Be sure to check out some of Luke’s original compositions on Soundcloud.

Chop Suey: Grand Piano Edition

Chop Suey: Grand Piano Edition

While visiting Viennna, musician Viktoria Yermolyeva stopped by the showroom of vaunted piano maker Bösendorfer, and decided to tickle the ivories a bit with a tune we’re pretty sure has never been played in their store before, System of a Down’s 2001 hit Chop Suey.

A Decade of Movie Music (2010s)

A Decade of Movie Music (2010s)

Pianist Samuel Fu rings in the new decade by paying tribute to the past 10 years of movie music, performing a wonderful medley of 45 cinematic tracks from movies like The Avengers, Frozen, Pacific Rim, and Skyfall among others.

10 Famous Piano Riffs

10 Famous Piano Riffs

Doctor Mix performs a medley of incredibly recognizable keyboard riffs, from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to Vince Guaraldi’s classic theme from The Peanuts. If you don’t groove along to the music at least a couple of times while listening, we’d be shocked.

Eye of the Tiger: Piano Cover

Eye of the Tiger: Piano Cover

Musician Eric Case rises up, straight to the top with this exuberant arrangement of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, performed on grand piano. Case doesn’t pull any punches as his fingers fly across the ivories, adding lots of flourishes to the Rocky III hit track.

Sunflower on Cello

Sunflower on Cello

Callin’ it quits now, baby, I’m a wreck. But first, let’s listen to this warm and buttery cover version of Post Malone and Swae Lee’s Sunflower, performed by GnuS Cello, with accompaniment on piano and guitar.

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Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

If the Nintendo Entertainment System came out in the 1920s instead of the 1980s, the music its games played might have sounded a bit like the ragtime jazz piano arranged and played brilliantly here by musician Scott Bradlee.

World Music

World Music

It turns out that when you plug in a drawing of some of the major continents into MIDI sequencing software, it actually makes a surprisingly pleasant little tune. Be sure to listen to the U.S., Europe, South America, and Africa by themselves too.

Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Cover

Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Cover

Musician Costantino Carrara takes Queen’s iconic 1975 rock opera track and turns it into an equally impressive classical piano piece, packed with wonderful flourishes, and epic transitions. Think you can keep up with Costantino’s fingers? Buy the sheet music here.

Vinheteiro Broke His Hand

Vinheteiro Broke His Hand

You might know Lord Vinheteiro from his many entertaining piano videos. After a tragic run-in with a mechanical bull and an under-inflated air mattress, he broke a digit on one of his hands. Here, Vin goes on record to explain the incident, healthcare in Brazil, and how he will go on.

AC/DC vs. Beethoven

AC/DC vs. Beethoven

Musician Peter Bence captured a live-looped sample of his performance of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, then used its energetic rhythm to segue into a version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, which features a similarly intense pace. The two compliment each other so well, you’d think they were one song.

Cheap vs. Expensive Pianos

Cheap vs. Expensive Pianos

You can spend a few hundred bucks on a used upright piano, or hundreds of thousands or more on a concert grand. So what’s the difference? Musician Vinheteiro decided to play the same passage of music on six pianos of escalating values to see if we could tell them apart. Once we got past $50,000, we had trouble.

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