I recently learned of a new-to-me music style: bardcore.
It means making versions of modern pop / rock songs in the style of medieval ballads. And, oh boy, is there a rabbit hole to fall into!
Verily, behold “Sandstorm” by my fellow countryman Darude:
Darude – Sandstorm (Medieval version) by Marcus Aurelius on YouTube
Another neat bardcore version of a song from Finland, this one a trad: “Ievan polkka”.
Ievan Polkka (Medieval Cover) by Middle Ages on YouTube
Sadly, some are merely badly rendered synthesizer versions. When you do hit gold, though, it’s really good!
Below are other bardcore versions that tickled my fancy. (I saved the best for last, so keep scrolling!)
Gangnam Style (Medieval Style) [Bardcore] by Muckwick on YouTube
Macarena (Medieval Cover) by Middle Ages on YouTube
Nothig Else Matters [sic] – Medieval Style – Bardcore by Early Style on YouTube
Walk Like An Egyptian (Medieval Style) (Vocals!) by Mystic Zaru on YouTube
We Will Rock You [Bardcore] by Graywyck on YouTube
Surprisingly, also the theme for X-Files works quite well:
The X-Files (Medieval Cover) by Middle Ages on YouTube
Hildegard von Blingin’ is by far the best, most dedicated bardcorer (if that’s what they’re called) I’ve found so far.
Somebody That I Used To Know (Bardcore/Medieval Style Cover with Vocals) by Hildegard von Blingin’ on YouTube
What is Love (Medieval Style with Vocals – Original by Cornelius Link) by Hildegard von Blingin’ on YouTube
Crossposted from the Playfully Grownup Home blog.
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I love Hildegard von Blingin’s work!
If you want to try a different approach to bardcore, here’s some classic Star Wars themes reimgained: https://io9.gizmodo.com/medieval-remixes-of-star-wars-themes-are-music-to-thine-1844594137