Watch and listen to violinist Dmitry Rotkin as he lets his fingers do the talking in this brief pizzicato jazz improvisation, inspired by Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). His arrangement of The Beatles’ Come Together is pretty incredible as well.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the Super Mario Bros. theme performed on violin, but musician Teppei Okada’s version adds all the appropriate sound effects to a few different levels of the classic Nintendo platformer. He’s done the same for F-ZERO and Super Mario Kart among others.
Boots Randolph’s tune Yakety Sax is best known as the music behind the various pratfalls on The Benny Hill Show, and then later as the theme for any slapstick video. While it’s usually played on the saxophone, Maria Lazareva performed this energetic arrangement on violin, accompanied by Moscow’s Eccellente Chamber Ensemble.
The Polyphia track 40oz is known for its insanely difficult lead guitar part. But violinist Lu Szu Chien aka The Wasteland Studio rose to the challenge, performing a small part of the prog rock tune that’s every bit as impressive as Tim Henson’s original performance. Her cover of O.D. is similarly excellent.
We’ve previously enjoyed the talents of Ted Yoder when he performed a great Tears for Fears cover. As good as his remakes are, his originals are even better. Sit back, crank up your headphones, and enjoy this enveloping track performed on hammered dulcimer, marimba, drums, violin, and bass guitar. From the album Shadowlight.
Journey to the final frontier with VioDance for a heartfelt medley of theme music from the Star Trek universe, starting with The Original Series, with classics like The Next Generation, Voyager, and DS9, and culminating with Discovery and Picard. When you hear them all together, you can really tell how connected they sound.
You’d think that a violin could only sound like a violin, but OddViolin proves that wrong by making his sound like a flute, harmonica, cello, and even bagpipes. Previously, he convinced the string instrument to sound like animals and make various sound effects.
Playing a really, really slow version of the William Tell Overture in a grade school concert was as far as we got learning to play the violin. But POV video maker Buttered Side Down is more determined to build his skills than we ever were, and he’s also got a great teacher.
A trio of classical musicians teamed up with interactive artists Ouchhh on this innovative performance art work for Ars Electronica, using sensors to measure data from its cellist’s Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma brainwave activity to generate real-time visuals influenced by emotion, focus, auditory, and other neural response.
Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells (aka The Exorcist theme) requires multiple musicians when played on anything but a synthesizer due to its layering. Arranger Phil Toms and musician Steve Bingham replicated the track using a loop box to augment his single string instrument.
Musician Martha Psyko performs rock and metal tunes on her electric violin. From AC/DC’s Thunderstruck to GNR’s Sweet Child O’ Mine to Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, to Metallica’s Master of Puppets, she knows her way around a fiddle. Her Misirlou ain’t bad either.