Category Archives: Music

Every kind of sound imaginable.

Trombonist Christopher Bill (that’s him three down on the left) and 27 friends perform an impressively layered cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at the 2018 International Trombone Festival.

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Evan ‘The Nerdwriter’ Puschak explores how Michael Jackson bridged 70s funk and disco to 80s pop with his first breakthrough hit – 1979’s ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’ from the Off The Wall album.

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Another virtuoso multi-horn cover (in this case, Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’) by the charming Seb Skelly.

Previously: The Horns Of Africa

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The original demo of ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon discovered in 2016 during a trawl of the Lennon archives by engineer Rob Stevens, who sez:

“There’s a one-inch eight-track that says nothing more on the ‘Ascot Sound’ label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer (Phil McDonald), with DEMO on the spine. No indication of what material was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the “Imagine” demo, subsequently enhanced superbly by Paul Hicks, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”

Compare with the (remastered) studio version.

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The songs that spent most time at number one in the US Billboard charts between 1940 and 2017.

Because lists of things.

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Brazilian musician Lord Vinheteiro returns for another po-faced pop culture medley: in this case, familiar movie themes.

Previously: Game Player

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A rather pleasing sequence of light playing over the surface of the moon – an attempt to capture the mood of Claude Debussy’s Clair De Lune (1905)

NASA Goddard sez:

The visuals were composed like a nature documentary, with clean cuts and a mostly stationary virtual camera. The viewer follows the Sun throughout a lunar day, seeing sunrises and then sunsets over prominent features on the Moon. The sprawling ray system surrounding Copernicus crater, for example, is revealed beneath receding shadows at sunrise and later slips back into darkness as night encroaches.

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Continuing the recent spate of Toto ‘Africa’ covers, voice artist Brock Baker weighs in with the 1982 classic performed as 29 cartoon characters.

Previously: The Horns Of Africa

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A medley of Rolling Stones tunes accompanied by morphing images of the main players as they have aged from 1962 to the present day by Angel Nene (who did a similar job on The Beatles earlier this year)

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