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In 1972 an Italian pop star named Adriano Celentano composed a song that was an immediate hit in Italy despite the fact that the lyrics weren’t Italian. It’s an upbeat and catchy tune that has an irresistible beat and an awesome not-so-secret-secret: its lyrics aren’t written in any language at all. With the exception of the words “all right,” they’re complete and utter gibberish.

The song is called “Prisencolinensinainciusol" and Celentano wrote it to mimic the way American English sounds to non-English speakers. Actually, he didn’t even write down the lyrics. They were improvised over a looped beat. Once you know this, the catchy tune becomes absolutely fascinating. This song was Celentano’s effort to explore language barriers and encourage people to communicate more.

"Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did," he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, through interpreter Sim Smiley.

"So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything."

"Prisencolinensinainciusol" was recored by Adriano Celentano and his wife, performer-turned-producer Claudia Mori, but the wonderful performance seen in this video shows Celentano singing with showgirl Raffaella Carrà, who danced and lip-synched to Mori’s vocals.

Now if you really want to mess with your brain, click here to watch a version of the song that’s been subtitled to make it seem as though the gibberish is actually English.

[via Mark’s Scrapbook and NPR]

Candy is awesome, but candy that’s made as the result of a lively musical performance is super awesome! This hypnotic video shows a traditional Korean candy cutter using a heavy pair of shears and a trowel to hammer and cut pieces of hobakyeot, a pumpkin-flavored form of Yeot, a traditional Korean confection that’s similar to taffy.

These candy artisans turn what could be a monotonous process, cutting many small pieces from one large block, into a dynamic and engaging performance with a tasty result.

Click here for additional videos of Korean candy cutters in action.

Video posted YouTube user Victoria Nagy.

[via Reddit]

Today we learned that it’s possible, with the right electronics, to operate a record player that’s underwater. Artist Evan Holm created this awesome Submerged Turntable installation. It produces nearly perfect audio and looks hypnotically beautiful while doing so. Click here to view a short documentary video and learn more about this unusual art project.

[via Colossal]

Star Wars music + 1 enormous theatre pipe organ = Awesome

Watch, listen and geek out as masterly musician Jelani Eddington performs the Main Theme from the Star Wars symphonic suite on the 5/80 Sanfilippo Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ at the “Place de la Musique" in Barrington, Illinois. The performance, the sound, and the scenes and images they conjure in our minds amount to a super awesome experience.

The only thing better would be hearing it in person. On a starship. With Han and Chewie. And R2D2 and C-3PO. And…well, you get the picture.

[via Nerd Approved]

If you’ve ever looked up at birds perched on power lines and thought they looked like notes on a staff, then this beautiful video is going to make your day. It was created by Jarbas Agnelli, who had the very same thought, but then took it one awesome step farther by using Logic Pro and Adobe After Effects to interpret the avian music notation:

"Reading the newspaper one morning, I saw this picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating."

The photo Agnelli used was shot by photographer Paulo Pinto and published in the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de São Paulo on August 27, 2009.

[via The Huffington Post]

Each year for the past 15 years, Swedish artist and musician Tim Linhart carves violins, violas, cellos, guitars and marimbas out of solid ice for his Ice Music ensemble. A single instrument can take him up to one week to build. Aside from the strings and frets and so on, Linhart’s beautiful, otherwordly instruments are entirely made of ice and fully playable. They’re also illuminated by LEDs, which lends an additional dreamy quality to the performances.

Each winter Ice Music plays dozens of concerts inside a concert hall that’s also made of ice. In addition to classical pieces, they also perform country and bluegrass numbers. Because their frozen venue is kept at a constant chilly temperature of 23 °F (-5 °C), audience members are advised to dress warmly.

Click here to watch and listen to an Ice Music performance.

[via Neatorama and Classicalite]

Get ready for some seriously bad-ass bagpipery. The Badpiper is a tattooed, mohawked, leather-kilted, big-booted punk rock piper from Perth, Western Australia who plays an awesome set of flame-throwing bagpipes.

In this video we see The Badpiper strutting, thrusting, and shooting rock ‘n’ roll flames to the tune of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” outside of the Jus Burgers in Fremantle, Western Australia. It’s an unforgettable sight.

[via Geekologie]