Star Wars Cantina Song Performed On A Barrel Organ

January 8, 2018


This is a video of Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes' 'Cantina Song' from the original Star Wars movie being performed on a barrel organ by Brice Dudouet, who also arranged the piece for the organ. I thought it was rather enjoyable. Sure it didn't have the full flavor of the trumtookas and floofloovers and slooslunkas that the Modal Nodes play, but I still liked it. Haha -- I bet you didn't think I knew all the name of their instruments, did you? Pfft, I know how to Wikipedia. "Those were all Dr. Seuss instruments from How The Grinch Stole Christmas." The internet is hard.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to carey, who agrees it's hard to take an organ grinder seriously when they're not wearing a monkey suit.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'm so tone deaf I couldn't play a barrel organ.

    Also this thing looks like a shitload of work. He should install a treadle to turn that handle instead.

  • Ghost Pirates

    That guy knows how to turn a wheel!

  • TheQiwiMan

    Pretty fun, but if you watch the first 30 seconds, you really don't need to watch the rest of the 4 minute video.

  • You missed the groovy part.
    Plus the music only lasted about 3 minutes.
    What the heck was the almost a minute of nothing for?

  • TheQiwiMan

    To honor our ancestors, of course, dear sister. We aren't savages.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    How many years of passionate lonely nights does it take to build up the endurance to operate that piece of machinery?

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    19 years 2 months 4 days

  • Jenness

    I like the way he's grooving out as if he's actually playing when in reality he's just smoothing the sheet down trying to make sure it doesn't tear - well and he arranged it. Though who put the holes in the sheet - that's what i want to know.

  • Wilf Smith

    But would it be more weird if he were to stand there entirely dispassionately, staring into space with a thousand yard stare ?

    In a way this is like an old school version of Guitar Hero. But you're not playing an actual guitar ! You suck ! I think what you can take from that, is level of engagement and enjoyment doesn't have to be related to skill with a given doodad.

    Kinda interesting philosophical implications in a world where a machine can do just about everything you can do, but better. Will there be a range of snobbish AIs that look upon pathetic human attempts to pluck strings to make noise and dismiss them as hilariously primitive and lacking in skill. In the future, is everyone just gonna be there turning a pointless handle which itself could be fully automated, whilst a machine actually does everything.

  • Or he's just enjoying the music.

  • That handle wasn't turning itself - and there were two stops that needed operating!
    Music is hard.

  • Ollie Williams

    That was definitely something.

  • Shooting Thepast

    This is my favourite one.

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