Are these the weirdest (and coolest) musical videos on YouTube today?

The Internet's oddest instruments and greatest performances

Are these the weirdest and coolest musical videos on YouTube today
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YouTube has grown rather a lot in its 11-year lifespan, and over those years, it's been the source of much online entertainment for us all.

Yeah, sure, it's a strange world where kids can make a fortune just talking to a camera and you can become an international sensation by sitting in your car, laughing at your smartphone, while wearing a Chewbacca mask. And, of course, we need not mention the mirth derived from cat videos.

On the flipside, the Toob can be a serious place for musicians, as every artist, producer, band, performer or DJ will use YouTube at some point to boost their brand.

Nestled somewhere in between those two worlds are videos that showcase some of the finest talented and most gifted of musical endeavours. And because we can't think of any other term that perfectly encompasses them all, we bring you possibly the weirdest (and coolest) musical videos on YouTube today.

Don't agree with us? Then leave your suggestions in the comments and we'll add more.

1. The Marble Machine

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUU8joBb1Q

Swedish band, Wintergatan are possibly best known for the amazing marble machine. Not content creating such a behemoth, they've also developed some more tour-friendly instruments in their latest video.

2. The Floppotron 2.0

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oym7B7YidKs

Everyone loves Star Wars, right? What better way to pay homage to one of the best known cinematic theme tunes than through the singing servos of old printers and floppy drives?

And if you like that, MrSolidSnake745 is a YouTuber that uses a combination of floppy disc drives and stepper motors to play well-known tunes, such as Sandstorm.

3. Tesla tunes

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxygHEMMQXI

Ah, the Zeusaphone. Nothing says bonkers more than making music with lightning. Fabrício H. Franzoli uses his Zeusaphone to cover the likes of AWOLNATION, and he also dabbles in bit of classical, too. Check out his version of the William Tell Overture.

4. Stomp-trotters

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqMZ9etBjeE

We don't know anyone who wouldn't watch hours of the Harlem Globetrotters doing their thang. Teaming up with enviro-percussion heavyweights such as Stomp is just a recipe for success.

5. Khompa Hybrid drums

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0CIeiZDNqI

Davide Compagnoni, aka KHOMPA, is a unique audiovisual live act whose main elements are a drummer, a conventional drum kit, 4 drum triggers, a laptop and a step sequencer. All performed 100 per cent live.

6. Rico Loop

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWc3W8WgFWw

We're not sure there are many people who can rock a Boss RC-505 looper with more swagger than Rico Loop. Here he is killing it it on the Kreuzberg streets of Berlin in this one-shot performance.

7. Mechanical Techno

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl1ZrEza7uY

Graham Dunning has been developing his Mechanical Techno setup for some time now, and there are plenty of great performance videos on YouTube, but we do love this demonstration video exploring how it all works.

8. Science vs Music

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3oItpVa9fs

Conjuring up images of T1000 from Terminator 2 is the Cymatics video from Nigel Standford, which also features lots of flame action and a tesla coil - what's not to like? Be sure to check out the 'behind the scenes' videos on Nigel's website.

9. None more metal

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R2ERDANb8E

Rob Scallon's reversed rendition of Enter Sandman is equal parts genius and strangely haunting at the same time. His YouTube prowess doesn't stop there, however, as hisShovel Metal video proves.

10. Otamatone

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFYlB4wrmC4

The Otamaphone is a strange-looking beast, but some have taken it upon themselves to master it. NelsonTYC is one such player, and possibly one of the best Otamaphonists out there.

11. Bottle Boys

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izR4MOuDrEk

These masters of glassware maintain that "everything can be played on bottles, just watch!" Here they are flexing their embouchure with these epic film themes.

12. Robot rock

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RBSkq-_St8

These hell-raising automatons are Compressorhead, who would no doubt even scare ED-209 on a dark night. They're currently just an instrumental outfit, and due to a failed bid to raise enough money to build a vocalist through Kickstarter, look to remain that way for now.

13. Earth Harp

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoCZlWMtLB8

The Earth Harp is the longest stringed instrument in the world, and along with its inventor, William Close, performs around the globe. It's fitting, then, that an epic like Requiem is played on such an epic instrument.

14. Whip it

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vQQ4R0w9gM

The Rhysonic Wheel, invented by Pete O'Connell, proves what you can achieve when man and machine come together to tackle the beast that is the acoustic guitar.

15. Plunderphonics

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUon3SvWfZs

Pogo records small sounds, quotes and melodies and sequences them together to form new music. The music he creates comes only from the sound bites of a show, film, video or an advert. Nothing new there, but the M&Ms bite-sized candies video shows off his keen Melodyne skills, while being just a little bit freaky.

For those of you looking for a more political form of plunderphonics, check out Cassetteboy, whose jabs at the establishment are the stuff of internet greatness.

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