Sit back, relax and enjoy our selection of Ukulele music!
Billie Jean by James Hill
James Hill is a prominent Canadian ukulele player who's been playing the folk instrument for well over 20 years since his first music lessons in fourth grade. He has a laid back demeanour that understates the technicality of his performances - it's a hallmark of musicians who have been at their craft for many years.
Another noteworthy effort of James Hill would be his attempt to play the Ukulele with chopsticks.
Moving Through The Dark by Bboy Venum
The presentation and editing of 'Bboy Venum - Moving Through The Dark' is stellar. The music and actions are well synchronised; the clip also features intriguing transitions and special effects that makes breakdancer Venum's dance routine entertaining to watch.
The production team responsible for this work T7Production and JubaFilms, they've really polished action shorts, check out TeamBay Vi-Dan Action Reel 2011 and Eye of the Panda.
Turkey Dubstep is a short animated film produced by Scottish freelance animator Will. In the wacky 45 second clip, 2 turkeys beatbox and dance to dubstep, their banter's lighthearted and the whole premise is silly but a lot of fun.
Will has other similarly amusing and irreverent animal themed shorts, one of them involves ducks and splashing -
For more of Will's work, visit his website, http://www.whiterobot.co.uk/, or his Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/willanderson0/videos.
Just one of the many provokative feature stories on Vice.com
Herein lies an acrophobic's worst nightmare, 3 terrifying videos depicting people traversing insanely tall structures with no safety lines or parachute whatsoever. Some of these people do it because it's part of their job, the others do it because they love the adrenaline rush, or they're just generally boneheads, regardless of the intentions, they've created some of the most gripping clips on the internet.
Stairway to Heaven (Climbing Towers)
This video by TheOnlineEngineers.org (a website for broadcast engineers) is an educational clip showing how a day in the life of a tower climber is like - and if the video is any representation, the answer is SCARY.
Curious to see what the real anechoic chamber looks like?
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This music video and dance features former MMA fighter Genki Sudo and his musical group, World Order. The cool clip shows the group doing their signature robot like dance moves in several landmarks across New York, including Time's Square, Central Park, and Grand Central Station. The video is highly entertaining to watch, thanks in part to the reactions and curious looks of passer-bys as Genki and his crew mechanically trots around the streets of the most populous city in America.
Japanse comedians Ketch (red mohawk) and HIRO-PON (yellow mohawk) make up the funny sketch performance group, Gamarjobat.
As interesting as their physical comedy and mime is their name, Gamarjobat, which is the Georgian language for 'hello'. This Georgia is not the southeastern state of America, rather, it's a state in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, nestled in the border separating Europe and Asia, between the Black and the Caspian sea. I'm not sure about you, but all this cultural mish mash reminds me of an Alphaville song.
Gamarjobat's later performances features many more new material and it's still highly entertaining to watch -
Johnnathan Gerard and his brother Joshua Gerard have produced one of the more intriguing dubstep dance video on Youtube. Their video features fluid and imaginitive tutting - using more than just their hands and fingers, they incorporate other parts of their body like hair and even shoulder blades - alongside indian dance and Micheal Jackson moves (and costumes).
Noteworthy segments in the video (albeit a little unnerving) include Johnnathan's 'facial tutting' and 'shoulder blade tutting'; both the Gerard brothers are highly experimental and their willingness to explore beyond normal predefined movesets of dance make for interesting results, at times, their dance take on an interpretive style. Johnnathan coins it as a combination of gimmicks and miming; it's thoroughly entertaining nonetheless.
Naudo Rodrigues is a self-taught musician, he's able to play several instruments and arrange and compose his own music. In this video, he does a proficient job of re-creating the theme song of James Bond on his acoustic guitar, earning him close to 50,000 views on Youtube (as of 14th May 2012). As the video zooms in to capture his playing, one can't help but be impressed and appreciate the dexterous finger movements of Naudo and many other experience fingerstyle guitar players alike, their hand dances effortlessly across the strings and frets for crisp clear notes - this comes with years of practice.
Munah and Hirzi make one of Singapore's most dynamic and audacious pair of personalities in the local entertainment scene; their skits and public improvs are in your face and highly entertaining to watch. One of their latest videos, Ellen's Dance Dare, sees them roaming the streets of Orchard Road (the shopping district of Singapore) to dance up to pedestrians for silly giggles and mischievous fun. Munah and Hirzi do a good bit to inject light heartedness and irreverance into strict and serious Singapore.
Rory Sutherland is the Vice-Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK, one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. In his latest TED talk, he argues that the actual circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we actually perceive it to be. Rory Sutherland is a charismatic speaker and he peppers his talk with witty analogies and thought provoking propositions.
THePETEBOX - Panther Dance
THePETEBOX is a well known beatboxer from UK who specialises in live vocal looping and beatbox showcases. The Panther Dance is a track from his latest beatbox album titled Future Loops, and the video is an entertaining presentation of how THePETEBOX makes his music from scratch with just his vocals. I found his trumpet sound effects to be a particular stand out, alongside his cool arrangement and re-interpretation of the classical tune.
'I Believe I can Fly: Flight of the Frenchies' is a stunning 14 minute short by French film maker, Sebastien Montaz-Rosset. The film chronicles 2 experienced highliners, Tancrede Melet and Julien Millot, and their exploits up on the atmospheric cliffs of the Norwegian fjords (a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created in a valley carved by glacial activity) in Kjerag, Norway.
*Contains cartoon gore
Claycat: THE RAID is a polished reimagination of similarly titled action film 'THE RAID', featuring claymation felines. The animation has a brisk pace and it's really entertaining to watch. Claycat: THE RAID is the second animated short in the Claycat series by Lee Hardcastle, an experienced claymation artist who has produced over 30 shorts (comprised mainly of stop motion, with offbeat style and gratuitous amount of gore).
Watch Lee's other works here.
The sport of jumping from great heights onto a large inflated bag is known as Bag Jumping (duh!). This showcase of acrobatic freefalling features professional jumper Daniel Mosi of Bagjump.com; in the video, he leaps fearlessly from heights of up to 30m, performing daring back flips and diving tricks. The video was shot during a Formula 1 event in Melbourne, and like many dynamic looking action sports videos, the footage was captured with a GoPro camera. The catchy tunes used for the video is "Sail" by Awolnation.
Impressive remix of Tyga's Rack City by Singaporean Rapper, ShiGGa Shay. Unlike the original abomination of a rap, ShiGGa manages to add clever lyrics and a great pace to salvage the song, making it something worth listening to and sharing. People don't associate Singapore with rap music, but ShiGGa Shay has made significant strides in creating great sounding rap and contributing to the local music scene, alongside many other talented singers and producers like Sylvia Ratonel and Don Richmond.
Dave Crowe is a beatboxer and street performer residing in Göteburg, Sweden. He makes up one half of a beatbox blues outfit 'Heymoonshaker', together with Andy BaLcon. Mainstream audiences may know Dave Crowe from his brief appearance on Britain's Got Talent back in 2008, since then, Dave has been doing plenty of busking and travelling between different countries finding festivals and events where he and his friend Andy can showcase and share their music. They call themselves the travelling creatives and they're eager to use music, photography and street art to promote their alternative lifestyles.
Check out Heymoonshaker.
By Herman Soh
Kevin Hammond is a Pop/Acoustic/Alt musician from Los Angeles Carlifornia, and he's made one of the best sounding covers on Youtube. His rendition of hit song We Are Young (by FUN) is powerful and eargasmic. Kevin makes a comment about how Nate Ruess (vocalist of FUN) has a really high voice, he then belts some of the strongest full voice high pitch notes that I've ever heard (alongside everyone who watched his video).
Watch more of his videos here, and share your thoughts and comments below!