The Human Jukebox is Mind-Blowing (Video)

Two men play their instruments while people vote to change the style, artist, and speed at which they are playing.

I have never seen anything like this. Two men, one with a cello and one with a violin, play Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, or Bach. Sounds fairly normal, right?

The trick is that people vote with dollar bills to change how they play. So, in one moment they might be playing regular speed “Smooth Criminal” and then with three dollar bills increase their speed twice and jump straight into “Bad Romance”.

My first thought was, “Oh cool, you can change artists instantly, but I bet they’ll max out at a certain speed.” … Nope. It makes my head hurt how beautiful the music is and how fluidly they change their playing. It’s absolutely amazing.

This video was put together by the Collective Cadenza (or CDZA for short), who according to their YouTube channel, make musical video experiments.

They have lots of other cool videos, like one that’s about what happens when you run the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s lyrics through Google Translator too many times, one about the history of mishearing lyrics, and one about what happens when four elderly couples get to hear the song they first danced to at their wedding.

Photo credit: YouTube, “The Human Jukebox | cdza Opus No. 9”

About Deanna Ogle

Deanna Ogle hails from the greater Detroit area and her work has appeared in The Good Men Project, The Printed Blog, and Provoketive Magazine. She is studying journalism and religious studies, and writes at her personal blog Soul like a Spider. Loves: carnations, iced espresso, and watching movies with her husband. Find her at Twitter, Google and Facebook.

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