Behold the cacophonous Furby Organ

Looking remarkably like the Mogwai creatures from the 1984 film Gremlins, Furbies first hit the market in November 1998, becoming an instant success. In just the first three years of production, over 40M of these fake fur-covered robotic toys were sold. Since their early days, the Furby has been re-introduced a few times.

That means there are a lot of Furbies collecting dust on this planet.

Well, musician and inventor Sam Battle of Look Mum No Computer salvaged over 44 of them and attached them to an organ. Watch the video to hear a cacophony of "Furbish" music (?).

I won't lie, as noisy as it is, I totally want a Furby Organ for myself.

Deeply moving cello cover of Bob Marley’s "No Woman, No Cry"

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 18, was the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year award. A rising star in classical music, Kanneh-Mason is a member of the UK's exceptional Chineke! Orchestra consisting mostly of black and minority ethnic musicians.

Below, his stunning cover last year of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLd9PcZW5PQ

(via Laughing Squid)

Practice making eye-contact with people

This has the whiff of a pickup-artist seminar about it ("Being able to keep eye contact with a girl is a sign of confidence and the first step to getting her attracted"), but it's also a strange and wonderful music video in its own right. Is she watching a video of dogs arfing? Snapping and discarding selfies with the systematic professionalism of a fashion photographer? Watching her bitcoin wallet's value crash and rebound in realtime? Is this the looping video on the telescreens of utopia?

Watch ‘The Lyft Rapper’ co-create music with his passengers

Shakespeare wrote that "All the world's a stage." But for Oakland, California-based Ashel Eldridge, he's made his car his stage. Dubbed "The Lyft Rapper," he invites his passengers to choose a topic and style of song and he'll make up a song about it on the spot.

KQED Arts writes:

Elridge, who also goes by the emcee name Seasunz, says his mission is to elevate the consciousness of his community by helping people understand the forces that may be manipulating them.

His passengers say they’re startled at first when their Lyft driver begins rapping to them. But after the song, they admit the Lyft Rapper has turned a typically mundane trip into an unforgettable experience.

Here's his most recent video: https://youtu.be/OL8g-gq5V3Q

Yes, he has his passengers sign releases. And no, I don't believe he's sponsored in any way by Lyft.