As an adjunct to the 'youtubers whomst are not terrible' thread, let us share the channels that act as a microcosmic portal to some specific subject that you find yourself drawn toward, perhaps even without knowing exactly why.
I like watching old computer teardown/repair videos which led me to a channel run by a pinball/arcade game recon company owner in Southampton PA, who is oddly engaging, it's a mixture of slice-of-life stuff and a platform for selling the repairs.
The guy wanders around this cavernous industrial workshop full of knackered cabinets, spewing technical trivia about how the amplifier inside an original 'Mr Do' cabinet works while enduring near-constant smack from his shlubby employees, weirdly addictive.
― Maresn3st, Monday, 15 June 2020 14:52 (two years ago) link
For a short while I got really into watching videos of this guy drag racing a teslahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARzujfRiQ3c
― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 15 June 2020 14:54 (two years ago) link
i know nothing about piano but i've been listening to this guy on my headphones while i fall asleep and in that deep hypnagogic state, it's trippy as hell. that voice! like a friendly wizard guiding you through some strange new age netherworld. brighter... darker... mixolydian... dorian...
― Boris the Spreader (NickB), Monday, 15 June 2020 16:38 (two years ago) link
Retail archaeology- dead malls, mall exploration https://youtu.be/5bwz7H3TIzU
― calstars, Monday, 15 June 2020 16:44 (two years ago) link
i'm fascinated by this kid who just weighs household objects
he also reviews household objects and has a separate channel that's devoted to everything about the portland lightrail system:
― budo jeru, Monday, 15 June 2020 17:06 (two years ago) link
Related to calstars, I watch a lot of urban exploration videos, particularly abandoned homes and schools. TikiTrex, The Proper People, and Rick and Bekah are my three favorite channels in that category. I also love fact list channels, e.g. List 25, 101 Facts, and Top Tenz. I'm subscribed to a lot of ASMRtists, e.g. ASMR Angel, River ASMR, WhispersRed ASMR, Rosy ASMR, Ephemeral Rift, etc. I also kinda classify Dr. Sandra Lee as ASMR, though unintentional, and seeing her "pimple popping" (really it's much more than that) is a uniquely cathartic experience. I also love watching videos people have uploaded of old commercial/interstitial breaks, e.g. MicroJow and Obsolete Video Services. And now you know why pretty much the only thing I watch these days is YouTube videos.
― We Live as We Dee, Alone (deethelurker), Monday, 15 June 2020 17:08 (two years ago) link
retail archeology is great, thanks for sharing that!
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 15 June 2020 17:19 (two years ago) link
Dan Bell's channel does a good mix of dead malls (with added vaporwave), spooky urban exploration and totally disgusting blue-light examinations of filthy motel rooms.
― Maresn3st, Monday, 15 June 2020 18:46 (two years ago) link
XXP - I *love* ephemeral rift, so much fun.
― Maresn3st, Monday, 15 June 2020 18:48 (two years ago) link
dang, i love these dead space videos. totally my jam.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 15 June 2020 18:57 (two years ago) link
if I’m having trouble falling asleep or need to relax... I like to watch this fellow’s videos of expensive steak being cooked in Japanese restaurants, very soothing https://youtu.be/UjAZKizxvq4
― brimstead, Monday, 15 June 2020 18:58 (two years ago) link
organfairy - half of their videos are synth DIY things, the other half are obscure Euro pop hits played on various organs.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzpc4FWIqZo
― Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Monday, 15 June 2020 19:11 (two years ago) link
Hainbach, a musician from Berlin who (among other things) specializes in sourcing crazy old items of test equipment to make weird electronic music with, he stands out because he has this lovely, sleepy manner and comes across as friendly and knowledgeable.
― Maresn3st, Monday, 15 June 2020 19:23 (two years ago) link
Hainbach's channel is great. He's got a new VST plug-in worth checking out:https://cdm.link/2020/06/fundamental-vintage-tube-oscillator-studio-from-soniclab-and-hainbach/
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 15 June 2020 23:04 (two years ago) link
Gold and silver age abandoned exploration = Exploring abandoned mineshttp://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYKZObv8VH_Z2xXpftQXw3whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcuFdN1ZVtM
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 15 June 2020 23:07 (two years ago) link
Circle Line Art School teaches you all about perspective.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWoGXlc-L7E
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 15 June 2020 23:14 (two years ago) link
Dan Bell's channel does a good mix of dead malls (with added vaporwave), spooky urban exploration and totally disgusting blue-light examinations of filthy motel rooms.
I've subscribed to him purely because of his "Another Dirty Room" series! The talent he's got for that series is unbeatable. Rick Serra is hilarious and Brennen Evangelista would have totally been a celebrity crush of mine if I were a teenager today.
He truly is! I actually got into him because he and ASMR Angel are almost besties in the ASMR community and I lovelovelove Charlotte's channel (and it was the one that got me into the BBC show "Would I Lie to You?" because she was a guest on one of their episodes), and I love how creative he is. Speaking of WILTY? I'm also subscribed to the fan channel "WILTY? Nope!", which is how I used to keep up with the show before subscribing to Britbox and where I see a lot of show highlights. I'm also subscribed to the official The Last Leg channel and am trying to figure out a way of watching that show since Britbox doesn't seem to be carrying any of their newer episodes, and am also subscribed to the official Russell Howard channel and love how they upload new episodes of "The Russell Howard Hour", which I'm still saying is where John Krasinksi stole the idea for his whole "Good News" thing.
Let's see: I'm also subscribed to the Lost in the Pond channel because he talks a lot about the differences he's noticed between his native Britain and his adopted country, the U.S.; a couple of friends' channels because they're friends; intomore purely because of their "Old Gays" series (they are such precious older men!); Matt Baume because he's an important civil/human rights channel; and Criminally Listed and Dark5 for their darker content. There are some additional channels I subscribe to but we won't go into that here, LOL.
― We Live as We Dee, Alone (deethelurker), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 00:04 (two years ago) link
Don’t tease us Dee
― calstars, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 00:32 (two years ago) link
old computer teardown/repair videos which led me to a channel run by a pinball/arcade game recon company owner in Southampton PA
Very much lurk around similar corners, including that particular account.
Mostly quite niche, but also, engagingly presented as is, nuts justhow many views this really quite technical discussion of how Sega Saturn disc encryption was broken has.
― Noel Emits, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14:59 (two years ago) link
― Noel Emits, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 15:07 (two years ago) link
I guess this is where I bring up John Green being a Fortnite pacifist (and messing up rather badly when not informed by kids)
― oder doch?, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 17:37 (two years ago) link
Every one of the videos I've clicked on from this thread has given me an Epoch Times ad. Not blaming the thread, but I'm gonna go out of my way to avoid YouTube until that shit goes away.
― soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 17:40 (two years ago) link
I really enjoyed the Saga Saturn video while understanding nearly nothing about it, funny.
Kirsten Dickson, a lady who travels around the world filming mostly (but not always) off-grid, small/minimalist or slow life folks in unusual and interesting living circumstances.
I usually don't care for such channels but there's absolutely no spin or dressing-up, she just films, asks the occasional question and lets the subject speak for itself.
Not all of them are zingers, of course, it depends on your tolerance but she'll find an incredible individual like this and knock out 40 mins of amazing hack.
― Maresn3st, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 17:05 (two years ago) link
wow, that guy is amazing
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 19:39 (two years ago) link
I have so many of these. There’s Mural Joe who does, murals. About 12 different prop and model makers. A few vegetable gardeners. Miniature makers. Theatre and film design/behind the scenes. Several faux finishers. Digital painters. Often go down the home/diy rabbit hole.
But my secret, most satisfying indulgence is auto detailing videos. I love the product comparisons and the polishing and the scratch fixes. The before and after s. I’ve even watched 30 minute videos by this one guy on how to repair cracked leather. Meanwhile while my own car has perfect seats, but I just wanted to know how.
― Kim, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 23:41 (two years ago) link
Everyone's favourite video game historian Kim Justice for no apparent reason drops a Cardiacs album title into the narration on this latest mini doc on Codemasters. Niche interests coincide.
― grebo shot first (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 10:58 (one year ago) link
Anyone else following this guy 'building' (restoring / converting a Fairlight MXR)? Still ongoing and it's been a journey.
Which has just now lead me on to Quantel Paintbox / Picturebox restorations.
― every girl's crazy 'bout a SHARC DSP man (Noel Emits), Sunday, 16 May 2021 09:40 (one year ago) link
*building a Fairlight CMI
Open AI Jukebox renditions of Beach Boys, Beatles, Daft Punk
Videos of abandoned American shopping malls
Fairlight video looks intriguing
― Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Sunday, 16 May 2021 09:47 (one year ago) link
Odd Tinkering - a channel that's half games console restorations, half restoration of old tools/lighters/desk fans. No voiceover, no background music.
― Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 16 May 2021 09:54 (one year ago) link
Lock picking, I mean, why the hell would I give even the slightest shit about a guy unpicking locks?
It's like I don't even know my own mind - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCm9K6rby98
― Maresn3st, Sunday, 16 May 2021 13:28 (one year ago) link
Thank you snowball, you’ve got me completely hooked on Odd Tinkering now! Amazing stuff, well filmed, and kinda hilarious little touches throughout!
― epistantophus, Sunday, 16 May 2021 13:36 (one year ago) link
I think I mentioned it on the other thread but really enjoy the Techmoan channel. As someone with a bit of an interest in hifi and history of sound reproduction it's catnip to me.
― Dan Worsley, Sunday, 16 May 2021 14:58 (one year ago) link
yeah Techmoan is great. There's something about channels that feature stuff I would have seen in a late 70s / early 80s Dixons / Currys catalogue. Techmoan goes into a lot of detail and without the nostalgia which is good because it turns out that a lot of these hi-fi gadgets from the past were crap.
― Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:24 (one year ago) link
Even more niche is Tech Time Traveller, concentrating on hobbyist computers of the 70s and home computers of the early 80s. Surprisingly the guy is in his late 40s - basically my age. I'd assumed he'd been at least an older teenager in the mid 70s as he comes across as very knowledgable about the hobbyist scene of that time.
― Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:28 (one year ago) link
people playing RPGs and/or wargames.
― ian, Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:47 (one year ago) link
Live streams of Sotheby's contemporary art auctions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZceMlPw_2o
― Maresn3st, Monday, 17 May 2021 10:02 (one year ago) link
found this on Twitter originally, but these "car vs. giant bulge" videos are oddly soothing
not only that, but my 7 year old son absolutely loves them
― frogbs, Monday, 2 May 2022 20:58 (three months ago) link
Lol that’s pretty funnyReminds me of the races in GTA online. But more realistic
― calstars, Monday, 2 May 2022 21:03 (three months ago) link
That is so strangely funny.
"Cars vs. Giant Pit" is great too.
― immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 2 May 2022 23:02 (three months ago) link
I mentioned this a while back on the severance thread.
Kane Pixels, a teenage guy who is in the middle of making an analog horror series based on the 'Backrooms' meme, appears to do everything himself, and god damn if it isn't really well done and super watchable. Oh and creepy as f.
― Maresn3st, Monday, 2 May 2022 23:12 (three months ago) link
Woah. House of Leaves + Primer + some dark twisted version of Borges library. I'm profoundly in.
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 17:04 (three months ago) link
I love watching this guy solve impossible sudokus
― nate woolls, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 22:29 (three months ago) link
Love that Sudoku guy, great content
― hrep (H.P), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 23:43 (three months ago) link
very soothed by this no-narration street food account
― J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 20:17 (three months ago) link
obsessed with this lovecraftian alt history story told through creepy 3 minute videos
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 5 May 2022 17:17 (three months ago) link
Big fan of "person with 4K camera and good audio walking around somewhere" channels. Two of my faves are Nippon Wandering TV and Pro Walk Tours
Tokyo Shinjuku, Night Walk In The Cold Autumn Rain
Cairo, Egypt Evening Walk - Khan el-Khalili Market at Night
(watch full screen with headphones)
― Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 02:04 (two months ago) link
OK here are some of my YT subs. Some of it is _really_ niche, some of it not so "niche" but folks here may not know about these channels.
Free The Kinescopes! (6.66 subscribers at present) has, well, uploads of old kinescopes. You want to see old episodes of Johns Hopkins Science Review or Studio One? This is the channel!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCiT9CboW4R
Cereal Time! A man of Cape Verdean heritage talks about different cereals. I particularly enjoyed this video, which is a bit outside his usual format, where he talks about Royal Lunch Milk Crackers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u26wFpGI-kQ
These two great channels full of live performances of Carnatic music:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCaqo36k2FIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShriramVasu
For Western classical music live music performances, I enjoy ADGO:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AntonioDGO
And if you're looking for a more in-depth musicological approach to classical music, check out this channel on Early Music Sources:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videos
Or maybe you're more into in-depth musicological analysis of video game music. There's this channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bitMusicTh
More videogame music? GST makes great themed mixes showing off various types of music on classic video game systems, along with videos highlighting classic game composers. Here's a ten minute mix of 90s acid music for the SNES:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdtqSNw8mec
More video game videos? Here's a channel that combines video game maps with videos of speedruns to provide a zoomed-out view of old games. Hard to explain. Here's a video of a 100% run of Bionic Commando to see it in action:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb16BvLUuEc
Sharopolis specializes in videos highlighting games that push the technical limitations of their respective systems. Who knew Jurassic Park for the SNES was such a great technical accomplishment?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sharopolis
Techmoan and LGR are great for showing off weird hardware, but Ben Minotte's Oddity Archive has been a dependable channel covering things like the early history of UHF broadcasting:
Some completely random folks playing songs on Youtube. This lady plays songs on the banjo:Willard Losinger plays left-wing songs in the ukulele. Here he is playing Phil Ochs' "Love Me I'm A Liberal":Gary Peters played guitar in the short-lived early '80s avant-jazz group Stinky Winkles, and now uploads videos showing him playing pedal steel guitar:
Here's a channel that does nothing but upload different recordings of Jesus Christ Superstar:
Obsolete Video is a slightly odd channel that transfers various old video recordings, some of which they upload to YouTube. A lot of the old clips on Youtube come from OVS uploads (as you can tell from the distinctive lower right corner bug).
Accented Cinema does some really cool essays on cinema, particularly Asian cinema:
Matt Baume specializes in video essays on the history of LGBT+ network television:
Finally, Hazel does these really interesting deep dives into obscure anime. I don't even watch anime, but I love the way she puts together a video.
This is perhaps the only post I'll ever make here that doesn't directly mention trans shit. Mark your calendars.
...actually, wait. No, no, wait. I forgot about the Finntastic Mr. Fox, I love this guy's videos and he has hardly any views. Got to his channel from a recent Jessie Gender video on non-binary pirates, in which Finn guested and looked extremely hot in his pirate getup:
― Kate (rushomancy), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 02:57 (two months ago) link
Well, dammit those links all broke. Fuck it, I just turned it into a blog post:
― Kate (rushomancy), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 03:00 (two months ago) link
Gates Wildlife Control is a no-kill wildlife control company in Ontario, Canada - most of their channel is removing raccoon and skunk families from inside people's houses. Lately they've been visiting an abandoned house in Ontario that's become a home for turkey vultures year after year. For the last couple of weeks they've been checking in on some baby vultures since they were born.
― Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 07:22 (one week ago) link
I'm surprised - perturbed - that Steve1989 hasn't been mentioned. Perturbed because I don't want to blow my hard-won Ilxor credibility. Is he too mainstream? He has been profiled in the Financial Times. I don't want to post something too obvious. The point of threads such as this is to show off. I'm not going to win points by posting links to something that's too obvious. And yet the concept of his channel is decidedly niche:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtMte4yguZw
He reviews old military meals. Despite having lots of subscribers he still has a cheap-looking set. The key things in his favour are his obvious love of the topic, his sincerity, his big manly arms, the strangely comforting sight of junk food, the "binge-watching at 3am" factor, the fact that he doesn't appear to be a massive arse etc. It's like mukbang but nice. And the odd vocabulary ("prevalent" as a compliment). Is he too obvious? Not niche enough? He prompted me to finally buy some MREs from eBay and see what they were like. I remember reading about them during the first Gulf War. It took me that long to actually sate my curiosity. In summary Steve is fr fr no cap, as the kids say nowadays.
The other thing is Regular Car Reviews, which isn't niche at all. He's a gonzo car reviewer who tries to explain the sociological impact of cars from the 1970s and 1980s. It goes over my head because he talks about US car culture, but occasionally he shouts HOT DICKS for several minutes and that's funny. HOT DICKS! It's funny because he has a degree in English but he says HOT DICKS. Imagine Stephen Fry saying HOT DICKS. My reaction would be KEKW, which is another young person thing. I have no fucking idea. The kids like it though.
What else? The bloke who restores Apollo guidance computers and old Xerox Alto machines etc. The Xerox Alto demonstration is astonishing because the machine is from 1973:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H79_kKzmFs
It has the first ever implementation of Ethernet, plus a predecessor of TCP/IP, and it has a screen resolution of 800x600, which was still good in the mid-1990s. The machine comes across as a more advanced Apple Macintosh, but from 1973. And I mean yes it probably cost $20,000 a unit at a time when $20,000 could buy a house but humour me. What would you prefer to live in? A house, or the future?
What else? Synthmania / Paulo, a synthesiser enthusiast who, uniquely, makes demo tunes that are Italodisco and techno. Instead of e.g. nondescript dark ambient / analogue glitch music, which the vast majority of Youtube synthesiser people churn out because they want to be different. He's endearing because he looks like a New York Taxi driver / Mafia don, but he's a shit-hot musician who could probably churn out a SNES game sometrack in real time:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWJidyE_sTg
― Ashley Pomeroy, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 19:10 (one week ago) link
AudioPilz, a musician from Austria who reviews "bad gear" - uploads a new video every Friday evening.
― Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 19:22 (one week ago) link
― Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 19:24 (one week ago) link