Watch the top 10 performances on Smule’s Ocarina

Smule – the startup behind the iPhone app Ocarina, which turns your phone into a musical instrument – has just announced the winners of “This Contest Blows”, who will each receive $1,000 for delivering the best performance in ‘Ocarina and shared the videos on YouTube. While there aren’t any jaw-dropping displays of impeccable musical talent, it’s certainly a great showcase of what users can do with the app.

Here are the winners:

* “Oh Shenandoah” by Hardrockgrl
* The cover of “Hot N Cold” by David Choi (see video below)
* “Sadness and Sorrow”
* Monkey head
* Good sleep, fast sleep
* Greetings from Hungary
* “Whistle Stop”
* “Song of the bells”
* “Song of the Storms”
* “Music of the nose.” (It’s the jaw-dropping performance of “Music of the Night” that I previously posted; Smule says this winner will also receive a box of Kleenex and a bottle of Purell hand sanitizer.)

To that list, I’d probably add the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra’s soulful cover of “Stairway to Heaven” at this year’s Crunchies, conducted by Smule co-founder Ge Wang.

Of course, as with any YouTube contest, there were some weird entries too. Sometimes the weirdness transcended pure eccentricity into genuine awesomeness (see: “Music of the Nose”), and sometimes it just stayed weird. For example, users have submitted videos of a cat playing the Ocarina and someone playing the Ocarina with their posterior.

Smule’s newest product (which isn’t as cool as Ocarina) is a holiday-themed app called Zephyr.

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