10 Variations on the Game of Thrones Theme Song

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HBO's Game of Thrones has an iconic credits sequence, featuring a theme song composed by Ramin Djawadi. It's weirdly catchy and hummable -- and it's an easy geek test to hum this and see if other people pick up on it. I've collected ten cover versions of the song for your geeky enjoyment. Bundle up: winter is coming.

1. Floppy Drives

Eight floppy drives playing in sync. The geekery is extreme. If you like this, check out Phantom of the Floppera.

2. Violin

A beautiful electric/acoustic violin version by Jason Yang.

3. Hard Rock

Roger Lima overdubs some metal riffage, drums, electric bass, and several layers of electric guitar. Also pertinent: Jason Yang and Roger Lima mashed up.

4. Metal

Charlie Parra del Riego shreds.

5. Classical Guitar

Five guitar tracks!

6. Solo Piano

Bonus geek cred if you know the answer to his opening question.

7. Cello

A three-cello attack! Also: a Christmas version (mixing in a healthy dose of "Carol of the Bells").

8. 8-bit

YouTube commenter skinke says it best: "No? 'Game of Tones'? That's a missed opportunity if I've ever seen one."

9. Piano and Violin

Lara, coverer of video game music, takes a shot at this one, purely by ear. Wow.

10. Guitar, Cello, Drums, Shaker, Flute

Talent show players for the win!

If you haven't seen Game of Thrones yet, there's still time to catch up.

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May 21, 2012 - 7:16am
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