Ougenweide  was one of the earliest in the 70ies, Zupfgeigenhansel  from the same time did some covers (Bella Ciao in German here)
Die Streuner  are not as close to the pure-medieval style but use a lot of self-built instruments.
Satolstelamanderfanz  are mostly instrumental and traditional, Corvus Corax  are similar, but far bigger, drum heavier, and also have a few covers.
Tanzwut  is an example of medieval electro-metal
Schelmish  is party-medieval music with metal influences, In Extremo  is probably the most successful medieval metal band.
I could probably go on for hours, but I think this is already a bit much, so I’ll stop here ;)
Clear serious commitment on those making sure language is authentic.
Hearing some of the instrumental covers makes me fantasize about all the 'bands' of musicians & the songs they'd play live, never to be written down & back before music could be recorded.
I would love to imagine a group playing a song not quite unlike this in a tavern & people going wild...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5d8bnvO2JQ (System of a Down - Toxicity - Medieval Style - Bardcore)
It brought a rare smile to my face during the stressful times in March when COVID started blowing up.
Özgür Baba - Dertli Dolap
PS: how do you feel about memes? They seem to fit into that niche that you describe.
David Paich gets paid every time a radio station plays wheezer's cover of Africa, while the wheezer gets no money for radio play of that song.
However, "Surfin' USA" goes to whomever owns Chuck Berry's rights to "Sweet little sixteen" -- those were much more similar than "Born This Way" and "Express Yourself" IMO.
Copyright owners could still put in manual Content ID claims, though.
Plus their name is unreasonably funny.
"To send a wagon for thy minstrel and refuse my letters"
"Was there cause to cast me off?"
The absolute totally freakin' brilliance!
"Best ye go, best ye go"
"Outrun my bow"
Oh god, I'm in tears. This is amazing.
 - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbVcb9puAsOhXBT2_XPFf-A
There's nothing I love more than when exceptionally skilled people spend a ton of effort on what's essentially a joke. Her version of Jolene is crazy good, and all of her small changes to the lyrics and the music are absolutely perfect. Ridiculously accurate re-styling of the song!
Why is it 'unreasonable' to be funny?
Or maybe you were trying to make a joke?
Twenty years ago rock was a living genre instead of something on life support from old geezers and rap and hip hop weren’t default music, rock was. Country has also gotten way less Christian and again, much more rap and hip hop influenced. If you listen to a years worth put number ones from 2002 it does not sound like 2022. The difference isn’t as great as 1960-1980 but “roughly the same” it is not.
The bro-country that has evolved (an iota) into the snaptrack country is basically unchanged since ~2012. The hick-hop influences are much different than Garth and the other 90's influences, of course, but they are unchanging mostly. For example: both Kasey and Taylor got their start in that sound (kinda), but quickly moved on.
For me, internet streaming saved country. The neo-rebel country you can find online is much better than the radio, to me at least. Acid-country, IPA country, Texas music, whatever the hell John Prine is, etc. are all online now and at shows (were, hopefully we can get shows back again). Granted, it's not as profitable (cheap and fast).
The Nashville Sound has been, is, and will be the same: ca-ching, ca-ching, ca-ching.
As for rock, I'm glad that it's been left behind. We're starting to get really good rock again as people looking for a buck have left and the enthusiasts have stuck around. At least, that's my feeling. Rock, as well, is splintering, but in a good way. It's become more international and those influences are fruitful. The artists are smaller, but the good ones that have made the digital transition have a deeper support network.
I am no music buff and I do not follow the genre, but I feel 20 years ago sampling was much more relevant than it is today, while now it's mostly bum-chuck digital bases.
I make more of a new wave style sound - things like Thomas Dolby (she blinded me with science) and Gary Numan (cars), using synths to make something totally different. Hope this kind of creative stuff gets more popular.
My album: https://lostastronaut.ca
Vaporwave - a brief history https://archive.org/details/Vaporwave-ABriefHistory
(Which, for those who don't recognise it, is a cover of a mid 70's Blue Oyster Cult song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy4HA3vUv2c )
This Frank-Sinatra-esque "Still Alive" (by "8-Bit Big Band") is really good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22vbhTi1ieI
Of course, the song "What Is Love?" on its own makes an excellent bardcore candidate:
He does a great job, plays the instruments on video too.
One commenter described it as sounding like English with Dutch pronunciation.
For anyone else curious about that part of it, an interesting little video  shows the evolution of French and its ancestors' phonetics from (reconstructed) Proto Indo-european to modern French.
It's fascinating to see especially how French spelling almost stopped evolving somewhere around Old French, while pronunciation changed dramatically.
https://www.youtube.com/user/9freakydarling9 (Hildegard von Blingin')
Debut album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3_Uo3mr30A&list=OLAK5uy_muz...
Check out Play for me Minstrel play, a duet with the singer of Jethro Tull on the flute. Starts quiet but later they start shredding on flute and guitar unisono.
Second album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttqnz-xnwWM&list=OLAK5uy_k7d...
Check out Spanish nights.
X-Files theme, discovered in a medley:
30 seconds in, Gangsta's Paradise sounds like Anno 1502 background music.
Coolio's original song is a masterpiece. Especially looking back after the death of George Floyd and it's aftermath, that 1995 song resonates more than it has in the last 25 years.
It's words of the street and the oppressed are universal and timeless (unfortunately). Maybe take the bardcore cover and alter Coolio's lyrics to represent the lead up to the Peasant's Revolt of 1381?
Coolio actually sampled/covered the song "Pastime Paradise" from Stevie Wonder
In theory anything that increases exposure to the glories of the Carnatic tradition is a good thing.
Whether or not this actually counts as that is open to debate.
I look at the playlist and don't know whether to laugh or groan.
(It does show a spike for the Netflix series 'Bard of Blood' which is an 'Indian espionage thriller' but the marketing for that doesn't show any medieval instruments)
Memes using the Bayeux tapestry were a reasonably active niche a few years ago, I suspect this phenomenon is derived from that.
That's like... hundreds of millions of people. Most of them "normies" by your standards, certainly :)
If anything I'd considered that term to be flattering.
> "Stop following me 'Bard'!"
A fellow once told me the earth is quite unholy
They call me slow of mind 'round the land
And a maiden very cruel, wrote out I am a fool
In letters spelléd out using her hand
- What Zit Tooya (in the comments)
(a musical accompaniment for the Odyssey thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24352463 )
I can picture a group of medieval brutes sharpening their blades around a fire listening to the toxicity version, getting amped up before a castle raid.
Contrast the bardcore version of popcorn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwLT2fNBSf0
with an version actually played with medieval instruments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNJ_mUap_2A
Another example is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAxjH2HCWzo
This is a trailer for BBC4's Medieval Season. The music is Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze played on Medieval Instruments.
The main melody and these cliché medieval chords are a fit made in heaven.
I find that most of the stuff on YouTube lacks this kind of cleverness though.
I really like the bass.
The pirates of the Caribbean theme fits really nicely as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95M9UsQS2HI
Probably helps that the original music was made for and recorded on classical instruments.
If you like vocals in ancient english: https://www.youtube.com/user/9freakydarling9
No lyrics for the 'bardcore' versions of Stairway either: perhaps they could borrow them from this Gregorian chant version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKn5lydAZ6k
In 2006, Richard Thompson included a short (30 second) instrumental riff on "Oops I Did It Again" in medieval style, titled "Marry Ageyn Hic Hev Donne Yt", as part of his "1000 Years of Popular Music" album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIMJDNQx0B4 . He jokingly referred to it as a "medieval ballad from Brittany".
I'm sure there are other precursors.
Death in Rome does neofolk covers of pop songs.
edit: links added
Just kidding, I have no idea.
My observation is that finally those history majors, English majors, and music majors in college (universities in the US) will pay off with a bit of attention. I often see some in the tech crowd dismiss the humanities, suggesting that non-STEM degrees that don't lead to a lucrative career are a waste. Well, I think this shows that having some people who know those things makes life a bit better for everyone.
drum & bugle metal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td3c5rNFLew
too far inland to be pirates? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGko10RIGtY
Absolutely the best way to remember things through history and keep them alive is to keep making them.
The commitment some of these artists are showing to ensure the language & pronunciation is as accurate as possible is astounding. Really, this is a hell of a way to get kids interested in old languages when they're being taught at school.
Rather a cynical view you're taking I think.
It turns out that ukiyo-e's popularity waxed and waned over two centuries, with art audiences getting bored of it until some new artist found a way to make the medium contemporary and relevant again with new subject matter. So, far from trivializing a great Japanese tradition by associating it with material from his vidya, he was keeping it alive the exact same way Japanese artists kept it alive over the centuries.
Most great art takes from the past, I don't see any reason why music shouldn't take inspiration from styles or instruments from the medieval periods (or any other!)
I hope that this style trending does lead to a renewed interest and appreciation of medieval music and history. It's a matter of how the seeds fall, so to speak. Many might just enjoy these modern takes, but then there are those who will take it further to learn about the old source.
While that can be frustrating, you're still far closer to finding what you want than in the pre-internet age.
One of my musical pastimes formerly was searching for two disparate genres together on YT. (However, apparently either I've reached the limit of that configuration space, at least for now—or it's Google's algo killing the results by becoming too imprecise.)
Still have yet to have had it turn up decent electro bluegrass, but it did find some album-oriented bluegrass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zLMsvaRWhY
My favorite cover of DSotM is the meh-titled ‘Jazz Side of the Moon’ by Yahel, Moreno, Hoenig and Blake. More specifically, it's the only worthy cover so far imo (though the bluegrass one is a quite strong contender, yeah). Surprisingly ‘JSotM’ isn't on YT in entirety—which is the greatly preferred mode of listening to it—but some snatches can be had at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Yahel%2C+Moreno...
P.S. As for techno contra dance: I like my techno on the harder side, so expected something in the vein of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep_35FTnYVA or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48laJC8wYl4. After seeing some fine synchronized pair dancing, of the jumpstyle-shuffle sort, it's quite conceivable for me.
I'm trying to refind some of the better audio/video mashups I've seen, but fighting The Algorithm atm.
- BLM cupid shuffle video / audio: boot scoot boogie
- Footloose line dance video / audio: boom boom boom
- vertically spinning race car crash video / audio: lezginka
At least there's still jumpstyle hopak:
and (not even externally mashed up) bolly[wood] ciao:
 even "electric bluegrass" I'd put closer to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg1AD0GBii4
Bonus track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr7718xoeMI
Edit: in practice, what I hear so far sounds more like a mod-tracker version of Summoning. Really, for actual atmospheric black-fantasy synth stuff, Summoning is the name to look up. (The old albums are greatly preferable: e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JgLFdNSwks)
"WITHOUT ME" ist also great
I am playing a PF2 gnome bard which is what triggered the search, though I was looking initially for circus style music and things lie the original intro to mack the knife (german version)
 This clip is a Sotchi submarine. (We're in the alps and therefore don't have a real beach, so not only do we have artificial beaches, we're building an artificial surf pool near our slopes to stay competitive.) Natali's pop propaganda has been even less subtle in the past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPdxUyUUhes
more factory girls in propaganda: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23741907