For the last 6 months or more now, I’ve been listening to (and, indeed, watching) The Piano Guys on YouTube. Their music consists of generally classical modern arrangements of (or compositions inspired by) known and respected music, but it is always coupled with stunning visuals – sometimes amazing landscapes, sometimes amusing performers, always good camera work. Indeed, a small screen or poor speakers struggle to adequately reproduce the experience that can be had from their videos. Below are some highlights, spanning the range of videos they create – it was difficult to reduce their videos down to a handful. There are far more to see!
Pirates of the Caribbean – Piano Solo by Jarrod Radnich
This is a particularly early video and the first one that I stumbled across back when I was looking for Pirates music on YouTube.
The Cello Song – Steven Sharp Nelson
A good bit of fun with one man playing 8 cellos.
Bring Him Home – Les Misérables – Jon Schmidt & Steven Sharp Nelson
A moving performance in a peaceful and beautiful location.
Rolling in the Deep – Adele – Amanda Scott, Jon Schmidt & Steven Sharp Nelson
My favourite song by Adele, given The Piano Guys treatment.
Paradise (Peponi) African Style (Piano/Cello) Cover – Coldplay – Alex Boye, Jon Schmidt & Steven Sharp Nelson
An inspiring African-flavoured performance featuring some electric cello.
Beethoven’s 5th and Secrets – OneRepublic – Tiffany Alvord, American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic & Steven Sharp Nelson
The power of an entire orchestra is finally coupled with The Piano Guys and a singer.
On a related note, though shifting the focus towards the visual aspect rather than musical, I recently encountered the two videos below – the first a moving, interactive version of one of my favourite paintings by Vincent van Gogh, and the second a compilation of timelapse images from Yosemite National Park.
Starry Night (interactive animation)
The website of the month for February 2012 is Dermandar, which has reliable panorama creation tools. Normally I use Microsoft ICE for panoramas due to the quality of the output for a free product, but sometimes it does fail to stitch images together where Dermandar doesn’t.