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Cookie-tin Banjo

Cookie-tin Banjo by Benjamin Scheuer & Escapist Papers. Illustrations by Nicholas Stevenson.

Harpo Marx plays the clarinet

Harpo Marx plays "I'm forever blowing bubbles" on the Kraft Music Hall in 1959 with "Mr. Television" himself, Milton Berle. Harpo also plays the harp. File under bubbles and The Marx Brothers.

Spiders Tune Their Webs Like A Guitar

Much more than just a net to catch prey, spider webs can transmit lots of information about what has been caught or what might be visiting. Oxford researchers have recently discovered that the strands of silk vibrate ...

Hit the beat

Hit the beat, a project by Lorenzo Bravi that uses a drum machine to play small physical objects placed on its platforms. Beans may sound different than buttons, which may sound different than seed pods, or bottle cap...

The Astrid Waltz (with Chouchoutte)

The Astrid Waltz, a traditional Swedish diatonic waltz played on accordion by a woman who is also named Astrid. She is accompanied by Chouchoutte, who decided to sing. In the archives: more dogs and more accordions.

Flying Robot Orchestra

Three words – Flying Robot Orchestra. From KMel Robotics: The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit us...

Viola Smith Drums with Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes (1939)

Viola Smith Drums with Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes (1939).  Smith was born in 1912, and just after celebrating her 100th birthday, she sat down with Tom Tom Magazine for a video inte...

Let It Go performed with wine glasses, pots and pans

This cover is the bridge between a popular animated film (that you may have heard of) and music made with “instruments” found in the kitchen – one of our favorite DIY activities. Th...

One Note at a Time

Simon Panrucker builds this song One Note at a Time for DIY TV.

Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW: 43 Cartoon Theme Songs

Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW performs a medley of 43 Cartoon Theme Songs. Who doesn’t love watching music being performed as animated action happens all over the place? After yo...

The Westerly Morris Men celebrate the vernal equinox

Every year, regardless of weather, the Westerly Morris Men celebrate the vernal equinox and the first day of spring with a pre-dawn hike up to the summit of Lantern Hill in North Stonington, ...

Janine Jansen – Violin Concerto in A Minor (with LEDs and lasers)

With LEDs, lasers, a “light bow” and special lighting surrounding her, violonist Janine Jansen plays Violin Concerto in A Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Video by London’s ...

A “musicless” version of The Hardest Button to Button

When you take the music out of this Michel Gondry-directed music video for The White Stripes, it looks a bit like a Sesame Street video from the 1970s. This is a “musicless” versio...

Lullatone: Experiments Around the House

From Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida of Lullatone, enjoy Experiments Around the House (2011),

Chinese Giant Salamander – Songs for Unusual Creatures

In this episode of Songs for Unusual Creatures, Michael Hearst visits the Los Angeles Zoo's Chinese Giant Salamander. This is the world’s largest salamander and the world’s largest...

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France: Le Carnaval des Animaux

A few years ago, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France joined up with an entire book of animated creatures to perform the classic Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) b...

The Sea Pig – Songs for Unusual Creatures

Gather some stuff from around the house to make music with because it’s time for another Songs for Unusual Creatures with Michael Hearst and special guests The Kronos Quartet: A Song fo...

Tiger Rag on a homemade Emphatic Chromatic Callioforte

Above, the Dixieland jazz classic Tiger Rag played by Boston’s one-man variety show performer and music teacher Leonard Solomon on a homemade Callioforte. You can watch him play anothe...

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