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GAME OF THRONES’ Theme Sounds Just as Epic on a Korean Gayageum

GAME OF THRONES’ Theme Sounds Just as Epic on a Korean Gayageum

Game of Thrones is the most popular show in the world, but if HBO released its opening credits as its very own series it would probably rank number two. And a big reason that living map intro is among the best in television history is the show’s iconic theme song. And while it’s hard to imagine it sounding any better than it already does, it turns out is can sound just as epic when played on an unusual instrument, like a traditional Korean gayageum.

We came across this unusual but fantastic performance at Geekologie, but this is not the first time we’ve admired the work of musician Luna Lee and her incredible covers of modern songs on an old instrument. We told you before about her covers of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as Pink Floyd, but since our lives are now 95% thinking about Game of Thrones and 5% dreaming about it, we have a real soft spot for her latest.

If you aren’t familiar with a gayageum don’t worry, neither were we before we watched Luna’s videos. But we do know it is made of wood, has 12 silk strings on 12 bridges, and is the national instrument of Korea. And we also know we love listening to her play it.

Although she should know how this works, because now that she’s given this to us we would also love to hear her play the “Rains of Castamere” and “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” too. Those two tracks are as popular in Westeros as the show is on our world.

What other songs would you love to hear played on a gayageum? Let our comments section be your instrument of choice to tell us your best suggestions.

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Image: Luna Lee

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