If you’ve been around on the Internet for a while, you’ve probably heard of Rule 34, which I tend to paraphrase as “if you can think of it, there is porn of it” to which there is the corollary comment “if there isn’t yet, then there soon will be”. Well, I think there is a version of Rule 34 for music, which could be stated thus:
If you can think of the style and the tune, then somewhere there exists a cover of that tune in that style.
In short, if you can imagine it, it probably exists on YouTube somewhere. Here are some recent examples:
Andrea Vedrucci. Covers just about anything imaginable from classical to game theme tracks. Look out for the Mario Triology!
Dr Pez. Guitar and accordion covers of a whole range of music. Some of the game theme tunes are great! Look out for Animal Crossing (Bossa Guitar and Accordion duet) and the Wii Shop channel (smooth jazz guitar and accordion).
You can even get technology in on the act. Here are some drones performing the James Bond Theme.
As I said. If you can imagine it, there is probably a cover of it. Google will almost certainly provide.
Every so often out of sadness comes a truly inspired idea. The origins of X-Clacks-Overhead may just be one such moment in geek folklore. It is very fitting that the name of Sir Terry Pratchett should live on in a very subtle manner following one of the ideas from his own stories – keep sending out his name as part of the actual machine overhead itself. Forever.
For details, see http://www.gnuterrypratchett.com/
My own set of discworld books have faded covers, from many years on and off bookshelves, but are now being read once again.
GNU Terry Pratchett