A YouTube singer-songwriter has found an interesting use for a Yamaha R6: as a musical instrument.
California-based performer Kina Grannis' cover of The Weekend's "Can't Feel My Face" features a backing track of beats and bass line, which is created by manipulating a YZF-R6.
The man behind those sounds is artist Big Fresh Mouf, who created the track by revving the bike, striking the tank and tires, and clicking through the gears. A Schuberth helmet also contributes to the motorcycle-themed symphony.
Grannis herself rides a Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Sportster in the video, though it doesn't appear that bike has made any contribution to the actual song.
Grannis is one of a growing number of independent musical performers eschewing the "traditional" route of releasing music through a label—choosing instead an independent route that sees her interacting more directly with supporters. In particular, she is an active part of the Patreon website. Watch the video below:
Fresh Big Mouf is also an independent artist whose Beat Scout project seeks to create beats and music tracks out of everyday objects. He has posted a slightly different version of "Can't Feel My Face" on his own YouTube account, which features a few more sounds from the R6.