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Music Animation Machine, colorful visualizations of classical music

Performed by Stephen Malinowski and accompanied by his Music Animation Machine classical music visualizations, enjoy Frédéric Chopin's Etude, opus 25 #4 in A minor. Malinowski's music animations have taken on a va...

The Glass Armonica, Benjamin Franklin’s 1761 invention

The glass armonica is truly one of the strangest musical instruments in the world. Invented by founding father Benjamin Franklin, the concept is the same as rubbing the tip of your finger around a wine glass to make a...

Super Mario Bros. on a marimba with four mallets

Percussionist, tap dancer, pianist, and teacher Aaron DeWayne helps these video game tunes escape from their 8-bit blips and bleeps as he plays them on marimba with four mallets. The Overworld and Underworld themes ar...

This Book is a Planetarium by Kelli Anderson

How can a book illuminate constellations, play music, and create spirograph drawings? This stop-motion promo video for the pop-up book This Book is a Planetarium demonstrates how... and introduces a few scientific con...

Blue Planet II, a prequel set to music by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead

Sixteen years after The Blue Planet debuted, BBC Earth has created a sequel series that will use new science and new technologies to showcase the current state of life within our oceans. This extended trailer for Blue...

Where India’s Top Brass Get Their Instruments

No Indian celebration is complete without a brass band. In the country of 1.3 billion people, there are at least 700,000 villages. And each village generally has two or three brass bands. But where do all of the trump...

Sometimes I’m Happy (Sometimes I’m Blue) – Sarah Vaughan

Recorded for Mercury Records on July 9, 1958 in Sweden, this is Sometimes I'm Happy (Sometimes I'm Blue) performed by jazz royalty Sarah Vaughan. From Jazziz Magazine: Born on March 27, 1924, the daughter of a carp...

What Happens Just Before Show Time At the Met Opera

...in 12 rooms you'll never see. This New York Times video takes us behind the scenes of The Metropolitan Opera’s home at Lincoln Center to witness what happens before the curtain rises on Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Wh...

Bicycle Bell Tree by Lullatone

Listen as Lullatone's "Make Believe Melody" is played on a toy bell tree sitting on the back of a bicycle. Lullatone is a celebrated indie "pajama pop" music duo, Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida, based in Nagoy...

Three performances with A Música Portuguesa A Gostar Dela Própria

Fernando Augusto Sousa Ferreira gives an outdoor performance of Marcha on a harmonica, a snare drum, and a hi-hat. The one-man mini-concert was filmed as a part of A Música Portuguesa A Gostar Dela Própria (MPAGDP) , ...

Music in Objects: Bicycles, paper, & oats make new songs

By recording the sounds from everyday objects—a light switch, a microwave, jellybeans falling into a bowl, ice in a glass, oats, a bicycle—and then tweaking those sounds with digital effects, sound designer Matthew Si...

Selections from Image: 20 Children’s Songs for Marimba

Vic Firth is "a stick company" that specializes in drum sticks, brushes, wands, mallets, and more. Their promotional performance videos, a growing set of their Marimba Literature Library videos, feature products and m...

That Cello Guy: The multi-screen performances of Cremaine Booker

First performed by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a 1938 radio broadcast, and now beautifully arranged for this multi-screen video performance from 2016: Adagio for Strings (1936) by Samuel Barber,...

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps animated

When I listen to music I see colors and shapes and when I watch visual art I hear sounds. I wanted to express my sensing of shapes, colors and music in this short animation. I chose this piece because I’ve struggle...

Playing Against Type: The Typewriter Orchestra

For pre-digital natives, there's nothing quite as nostalgia-inducing as the manual "click," "clack" and "ding" sounds of an old mechanical typewriter. That's why The Boston Typewriter Orchestra is making these old mac...

Electromechanical instruments + rocks: Rock Band

Listen to The Beatles' Here Comes the Sun played with rocks that are being thrown, slapped, and vibrated by electromechanical instruments. This is Rock Band, a project created by Neil Mendoza as a part of Autodesk's a...

How a Bach Stradivarius trumpet is made

In this video series from musical instrument manufacturer Conn-Selmer, we see how a Bach Stradivarius trumpet is made. The mouthpiece above is shaped to the tune of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee. T...

How to practice effectively…for just about anything

Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to m...

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