Thru Tel Aviv – Kutiman

Well, the YouTube rabbit hole pulled through for me yet again. This time I discovered one of the coolest music/video montages of all time. Ophir Kutiel [AKA Kutiman] is a musician, composer, producer and animator from Israel who started learning instruments at the age of 6. In 2006, he was signed to German music label Melting Pot Music (which also hosts numerous other notable tune-smiths like Suff Daddy, The Hi-Hat Club, and FloFilz) and in 2009 he released “Thru You,” an online music video project featuring a mash up of samples from numerous YouTube videos. The project received more than 10 million views in just over two weeks, which is insane in YouTube terms. Along with Tel Aviv, there are also videos of Hamburg, Israel, Krakow, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Jerusalem. Each one has a distinct flair, incorporating musicians from those places and echoing the traditional style of music that at some point in human history was only heard live.

This video is so much fun, and the music that accompanies it is incredibly unique. It’s not often you get to hear a Hang drum, synthesizer, electric Saz, MPC machine, Clave blocks, a brass section, vinyl scratching, didgeridoo, AND throat singing in one song. If you have an hour to kill, check out this guy’s YouTube channel as well. The videos really make the songs come alive and I can’t imagine how much work goes into every single project this guy takes on. For that I thank you, Kutiman.

Also, in the hour or six you spend in the Youtube rabbit hole, check out another project he was a part of at It’s a fully interactive website that allows you to choose from different cities and produce your own mixes from the existing samples. Go pretend to be a DJ for a bit!

Peace – Keto